Hamilton Pulitzer Prize winner says he won’t give up acting

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Miranda won the Pulitzer Prize for his musical Hamilton

Actor-writer Lin-Manuel Miranda says he won’t be throwing away his actor movie parts after winning the Pulitzer Prize for his Broadway hit Hamilton.

The 32-year-old, who starred as Alexander Hamilton in the musical, has since written and starred in movies such as In the Heights and an episode of the West Wing.

He said the musical was his first brush with fame.

Miranda, 32, will star in forthcoming biopic Mary Poppins Returns.

“It’s so peculiar for me, it’s almost like I’m someone that has grown up acting,” he told People magazine.

“That’s my main thing: acting and storytelling and stagecraft. But the decision to come back to it again and try to play a central character, [role] in Mary Poppins, which is like doubling my career in two years is beyond surreal. It’s awesome.

“I’m excited to do it. I’m excited to get there. I think Mary Poppins for me personally and a performer is an incredibly liberating experience.”

To be eligible for the Pulitzer Prize, productions must run for at least 12 weeks in a US theatre.

Despite his success, the Bronx, New York-born actor has been known to resist the lure of Hollywood after TV stints in the West Wing and Saturday Night Live.

Hamilford-born Miranda told the BBC that any acting roles he had taken on had been acting projects as opposed to seeking acting roles.

“You don’t want to be condemned to doing that. You want to be able to work wherever you want to. Actors hate having to adhere to rules like that.”

Image copyright Chris Tilley / PA Image caption Miranda starred in the West Wing as Miguel

While he said his family had been supportive of his acting work, he had sometimes been apprehensive about how it would be received.

“They were cool, with it, they were very understanding. Inevitably, when something you’ve never done before is something that is heavy and you’re not entirely sure of how people are going to react to that, it’s not the easiest or most comfortable thing,” he said.

“I do feel like I’m living a moment right now, and for my family, for them to see that and to feel like they’ve welcomed me into this world that’s so far away from them, I think is really special.”

He said it had never occurred to him to throw away his roles and try to earn money outside of acting.

“My dreams are to have these projects stay active.

“The idea that they are going to get someone else to have this experience, to be about something, to participate in something, and to really give something back in the pursuit of art… is something that I feel we all have a responsibility to give back and these experiences.”

Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall, is due to open in UK cinemas on 4 December.

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