Today I'm meeting Tony award-nominated actor and breakout star of Brittany Runs A Marathon, Micah Stock. Micah portrays Seth, Brittany’s running buddy who manages to persuade her to keep running even if they are the last to finish a 5K! He has the sort of comedic style that steals the scene especially as the persistent Doug in Netflix’s Bonding. In addition to his brilliance on stage, television and film, Micah has a one of a kind red carpet style that The Closet Interview finds irresistible. He is currently on location filming the first season of National Geographic’s television series adaptation of The Right Stuff, in which he plays one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts. Follow him @goodstockmicah.
Hello, It’s Ann. It’s great to see you Micah. Can I interview your closet? Right back at you, Ann. Go for it! At this juncture, my closet is a series of suitcases spread across the country, but I’ve got my heavy rotation down here in Florida where I’m in astronaut training. I’m not an astronaut, but I play one on TV.
First, congratulations on your role as Seth in Brittany Runs a Marathon, which won the audience award at the Sundance Film festival. What did you do to celebrate the premiere of the movie? Thank you! I’d be lying if I said it didn’t include an abundance of Brittany-themed cocktails, but beyond the bacchanal - a lot of good friends seeing the film, crying ugly tears and laughing butt-laughs (you know, the kind of laugh that starts in your butt?)
I was laughing and crying throughout Brittany Runs a Marathon! Clearly friendship can go a long way from being a running buddy to sorting out larger issues. Can you tell me about how a friends/family have inspired you to pursue a career as an actor? I think all real success is shared success, isn’t it? There’s a trope surrounding actors that we want to watch each other burn, but all the best actors I know are people who when they don’t get a part, they think to themselves “I hope my buddy gets it, he’s really fucking good, too.” I’m also very lucky to have had parents who never made me feel like pursuing this was an irresponsible pipe-dream. Though, in a lot of ways, it absolutely is. Until it’s not.
What was it like to be in the presence of amazing comedic talent including Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Lil Rel Howery and Utkarsh Ambudkar? Easily the most fun I’ve ever had at work. My first day on set, Jillian and Michaela made me laugh so hard that I choked on some salad and thought I was going to get fired for not being able to get through a take. These people are not just professionally funny, they are intimately funny. And also very kind. We all love each other. It’s disgusting.
I love how you’ve worn classic Reeboks to movie premieres. Are you always team Reebok? So I’ve always been a little judgmental of hyped-up sneaker culture…but I just looked and I have 5 pairs of Reebok Classics in different shades/colors, so I think that judgment is what any therapist would refer to as “projection”. I wear my white Reebok Club C’s every day. The others are in rotation when I’ve gotta do press or red carpet because they are paragons of perfect design that can fly casual or black-tie. So I guess - yep, I’m Team Reebok, but not an official Reebok brand ambassador (but if you work for Reebok and are reading this - LET’S TALK)
You are not color shy and embrace interesting prints. Where do you like to go shopping in the city? This is honestly a pretty recent development. Believe it or not, for a long time I suffered from Mark Zuckerberg syndrome where I thought the only thing I could pull off was a grey t-shirt and jeans. But I recovered (Thanks, in large part to my stylist Emma Pritchard). For every day kind of stuff, I’ll hit up Saturdays NYC quite a bit. Also digging Childs NY. In LA, I’m a big fan of Mohawk General’s in-house brand SMOCK. I’m a minimalist at heart and all of those brands excel in the fun, but never veer into the garish.
What are some of the craziest things you’ve had to wear onstage or on tv/film? I mean, I suppose the craziest thing I’ve had to wear is nothing at all. Beyond that, I had to wear some Oakleys in Escape at Dannemora, which was very character-appropriate, but a fashion trend I don’t think I’ll ever personally get on board with.
You resemble a young Bill Murray and likewise are an amazing actor/comic. Tell me about who inspires you in the industry and who you would love to collaborate with in the future. A childhood pal always told me that I reminded him of Bill Murray, which I absolutely absorbed as a high compliment, but it wasn’t until that FaceApp thing was going around and I did the old-age filter that I recognized our likeness. The KGB might have photos of me now, but it was worth it. I’m inspired by artists who are as fiercely kind as they are talented and I feel very lucky to have had a career where that’s largely been the case. I’d love to collaborate with people who value ensemble storytelling: filmmakers like Christopher Guest, Mike Leigh, Lynn Shelton, Barry Jenkins; theater makers like Robert O’Hara, Lila Neugebauer, to name just a few.
What song keeps showing up the most on your playlist? Right now, it’s “Scorpio Rising” by Soccer Mommy. I think it evokes a kind of teenage sentimentality I’ve always liked in music.
What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return? My best friend, Chris Perfetti, has a hoodie that makes you look like Link from “The Legend of Zelda” video game series that I am infinitely envious of.
What fictional character would you like to portray on film? Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces.
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My favorite thing living in the city is connecting with people you wouldn’t otherwise but the most annoying thing about living in the city is perpetual fear of bed bugs.
I should throw away the frozen broccoli florets in my freezer because honestly when is frozen broccoli ever gonna be delicious again? but I could never part with it because what about broccoli cheddar soup!
I spent too much money on a double-breasted blazer from Band of Outsiders, but saved a lot of money on that same blazer because I got it when they were going out of business?
I would love to go on vacation in Japan and bring back a katana that I make myself.
I love wearing Tom Ford’s Oud Wood (like, once every couple of months) but I love smelling biological, nature-given pheromones on someone else.