Celebrity Scoop: Ben Rappaport
He had recently graduated from Juilliard and was a struggling
Today he's the lead of
"I can't wrap my head around it," he says of his new status. "It's just absolutely the right part; it's that the universe lines up and seems like it was written for me."
Last winter he went on 10 auditions a week while working odd jobs. He had an off-Broadway play to his credit. Rappaport read the script in the subway on his way to the audition.
The show is set in a call center in
"A lot of Todd is paying homage to my father," Rappaport says; his dad works in the plastics industry and travels around the world as a consultant. "I imagine my father in India and being in the same situation. He would try really hard, and it felt right."
Todd does try really hard, and though there is a narrow-minded American as a support character, Todd is respectful as an expatriate. The show, likely to anger those who consider it racist toward Indians, is essentially an office
"I think people will be surprised as to how relatable these characters are," he says. "It is a workplace comedy, and it is about these characters."