In the new romantic holiday comedy Single All the Way, premiering December 2 on Netflix, Michael Urie gets to tell his favorite kind of story. “It’s hilarious and it’s touching,” the actor, who recently starred in Broadway’s Chicken and Biscuits and will appear in the upcoming Jersey Boys Live!, says. “I’ve done Shakespeare, I’ve done comedy and intense drama, but I really respond when something’s billowing with heart.”
The film follows the perpetually single Peter, whose family’s main interest around Christmas seems to be finding him a match. “He’s always single at Christmas and his family makes him crazy by guilting him about that,” Urie says. “It’s the kind of thing that always interests me; stories that are very funny but also sweet.”
What else interests him? Below, Urie shares what he’s giving and hoping to get for the upcoming holiday season—as well as the recent purchases he can’t live without.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Sage and Orange Blossom
“I’m a fan of face sprays, and this one is the best. I’ve become so addicted to it that I can’t really do anything without it. I spray it on several—several—times a day, especially before any entrance on stage. I’ve even started giving it as an opening-night gift; I got a variety for the Chicken and Biscuits cast and crew. I just can’t live without it.”
Crosley CR8005D-BK Cruiser Deluxe Vintage 3-Speed Bluetooth Suitcase Turntable
“Early in the pandemic, we were in our apartment doing nothing and listening to music all day. We’d put on the radio or a playlist and it would just play all day as background noise. It was nice, but we realized that we weren’t really listening to it. So we decided to get a record player and start a collection; never in the 13 years we’ve been together have we agreed on something faster. Over the past two years, we’ve built a huge collection—we’ve raided what our families have and built this terrific library of records—and got a cute Crosley turntable. We wore that one out and got another one. Now, one lives in my dressing room and the other is going in our apartment all the time.”
The Original Williams Sonoma Peppermint Bark
“This Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark comes out every holiday season and is so addictive and so good. It’s something I like to give and to receive.
Dyson Pure Cool Cryptomic Tp06 Gunmetal / Bronze Sealed
“My partner and I have a dog and a cat, so we have a few air purifiers around the apartment, and a humidifier because it gets so dry in New York. We’re both actors so we need our throats lubricated all the time. This one is great because it’s not plastic and obviously medicinal.”
SLIM ASH Five-Pocket Jeans
“I end up with a lot of clothes from jobs, and I think these came from a job I did Off-Broadway a few years ago. I had two pairs of skinny, stretchy black jeans—there are always two in case one is dirty—and they’ve become my go-to pants for anything I need. You can dress them up with a jacket and tie, but they’re also stretchy so I can rehearse in them. I’ve worn these pants for dancing, for fencing, for formal occasions.”
Universal Tablet Articulating Arm
“We’ve done so much on Zoom that we’ve turned a closet in our apartment into a recording studio. So, we also have all of these gadgets, like ring lights and LED lights, but there’s also this really cool arm you can attach to a desk or shelf and use with your iPad. It’s great for FaceTime or when I’m recording audiobooks. I also like to stand to read books or scripts, and it’s perfect for that.”
Adam Rathe Senior Editor, Arts and Culture Adam Rathe is a senior editor at Town & Country, covering arts and culture and a range of other subjects.
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