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A Star on the Rise: Meet Chris Pinto

He’s our resident expert on all things theatre, a second-year executive board member, and the next best thing to Neil Patrick Harris himself–yes, folks, it’s the Rock’s own Chris Pinto! Chris is a rising senior and seasoned Rock contributor; as luck would have it, this fine young man interviewed me in last summer’s Meet the Eboard series. It’s a pleasure to now share Chris’s signature humor with the world in this exclusive interview. Read on for his secrets of being a Rock writer, a summer worker, and a funny video connoisseur. 
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Chris, thanks for being here today. Let’s start with the classic question: why the Rock? What’s the best part about it?

Definitely the people. I mean, writing is fun and all, but it wouldn’t be anything without an awesome group of people behind it to talk about articles with or just hang out with. Also, sometimes they favorite my tweets which is just really sweet of them.

Can’t argue that. How’s your summer been? Up to anything fun?

I’m working for the Theatre Department here at BC, took a class (goodbye, Natural Science core!), but really I’ve spent most of my time just hanging out with people, going to restaurants or parks, or just sitting in our apartment doing literally nothing, and it’s absolutely wonderful! I also visit New York a lot, mostly to see theatre and more BC friends. There’s also a really awesome chicken nugget place in New York so that’s been a key part of my summer. Not even remotely a joke.

No complaints there! Have you ever had a summer job you hated?

One summer I worked at a summer camp, and it was consistently in the mid-90’s for about 8 straight weeks. I don’t deal well with extreme heat and humidity, so I would bring a Gatorade for lunch and inevitably have to drink it by about 9:15 every morning. And would also sweat a lot and by about 9 each morning multiple people would ask if I was okay, or if I needed to go sit in the air conditioning. It was gross.

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.18.52 PMWhat about your dream job?

Dream job now would have to be directing theatre professionally. I’m kind of piloting that idea this year by assistant directing the BC Theatre Department musical (come see Carousel!) and directing a musical in the spring (come see Cabaret!), and I’m really excited. Really though, while that would be absolutely unbelievable, I really just want to work in the field of theatre in some capacity, I love making shows happen and I’d love for that to continue, whether it’s through me producing or working for theaters or some other kind of theatre-based job.

You’ve been involved in theatre for awhile. What are the worst and best roles you’ve played? Anything you’d want to try your hand at?

The worst was probably in The Drowsy Chaperone, if only because I had to play a gangster based on Groucho Marx, so I had these annoying fake eyebrows and mustache painted on my face. Never again. The best may have actually been Legally Blonde this past Spring, since I got to play a bunch of different small characters, I just had a ton of fun. Dream role would definitely be Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. It’s a really interesting and weird role, and the show is made up of rock music, there’s a lot of improv; like, how cool does this look? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIaFn5lsLd8)

Screen Shot 2015-08-13 at 8.15.33 PMThat’s amazing. Got any other Internet gems?!

You really can’t go wrong with this (https://vine.co/v/OEiD0ulBnih) or this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AdrmfjAhn0).

Two outstanding choices. Speaking of choice, back in those early Internet days, what did you choose for your first screen name?

Otnip68647. Otnip is my last name backwards, but the numbers are what really date the name: “68647” is what Otnip is when typed into a phone keypad #T9Word.

#techy. Finally, Chris, as a rising senior, what are your hopes for the upcoming year?

I mean, I really just want to be able to be around my friends as much as possible. We only get to be together until May when everybody parts ways, and it seems like a lot but knowing how quickly the past three years have gone, I’m really just hoping to make the most out of my friendships before the whole ‘g-word’ thing happens.

And we will end our conversation here so we don’t have to talk about that. Thank you Chris, and we look forward to another year with you!

Chris will be a member of the Rock’s 2015-2016 eboard as an editorial assistant. Check out his writing here!

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