“I feel like everything up until this point has prepared me for this and now I’m ready.”
– T.V. Carpio
ISSUE: Spring 2011
STORY: Linda Lam with reporting by Anna M. Park
Of all the roles T.V. Carpio has played, she likes the role of the mythical eight-legged goddess best.
“It’s a side of me most people haven’t seen yet,” says the Chinese-Filipino American actress who was just promoted to female lead villain, Arachne, in the Broadway “mega-musical” Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, directed by Julie Taymor, music by Bono and The Edge.
And despite all the controversy — from injured cast members to delayed openings (at press time, set for March 15) — surrounding the most expensive show in Broadway history, Carpio keeps her head down and does her job, some- thing she learned from her mother, award-winning Hong Kong performer Teresa Carpio, for whom she was named (T.V. stands for Teresa Victoria). “I love rehearsing,” says the Oklahoma-born, Hong Kong-raised actress. “Rehearsing is a time when you can experiment and explore.” It probably helps that Arachne is not just your typical nemesis, but is involved in a juicy love triangle with the web slinger and his human love, Mary Jane Watson.
The 29-year-old Carpio got her first break when she landed a lead in Spike Lee’s Sucker Free City in 2004. After a role in the film Across the Universe, directed by Taymor, and a stint on Rent on Broadway, Carpio’s now focused on a project that’s likely to put her name in lights for good. Rumor mill aside, she’s reveling in her “dream” role. “[The cast members] are amazing; they’re like family,” she says. “They’re probably the biggest group of immensely talented, loving, supportive people I’ve ever met in my life. “I’m super, super grateful to be able to do what I do with the people I do it with,” she adds. “I feel like everything up until this point has prepared me for this and now I’m ready.”
— Linda Lam, with reporting by AMP
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