Andrew Garfield feels “Angels in America” is “the quintessential play for the LGBTQ community,” so “it felt like the only thing to talk about” during his acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Play at the 2018 Tony Awards. The two-part production originally won two Tonys for Best Play: for part one, “Millennium Approaches” (1993), and part two, “Perestroika” (1994). Now more than two decades later Garfield has taken on the role of Prior Walter, a New Yorker suffering from AIDS in the early years of the crisis. Watch him discuss the show and his Tony win in the press room video above.
The character of Prior “is for everyone,” says Garfield. He has a universal impact whether you’re “gay or straight, wherever you come from. He is us.” But Garfield understands that the character and his experiences are “more specially for the LGBTQ community, and everything that he represents is for the LGBTQ community.”
“Angels in America” is “for anyone who has felt like they don’t belong, who have felt ostracized by their culture, who have been told or indoctrinated by religion or by a society that somehow they were created wrong,” Garfield adds. “This is a play for those people, to remind them that they were created perfectly.”
In addition to Garfield’s Tony for his lead performance the show also won Best Play Revival and Best Featured Actor in a Play for Broadway veteran Nathan Lane. This is only the second Broadway appearance for Garfield, who previously played Biff Loman in the 2012 revival of “Death of a Salesman,” for which he was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play.