“You can’t touch everyone, but once I come up with something, once I create something, it’s for me to give away. It’s not about what any particular reviewer thinks. I once told a woman I was in a show with: ‘I wish I could reach everybody,’ and she said: ‘Greg, Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors. Everyone has different tastes. If you go out there and one person gets something from what you did, you’ve done your job.’ Hopefully, I touch at least some of the people who are sitting in those seats and they respond with: ‘I understand where you’re coming from. I know what that feels like. God, I know what that feeling is.’ I still battle when I try to play certain emotions, but I’m learning how to use even the painful experiences in my family to grow in my craft.
“Expressing emotions in such an intense way can be very draining. I played Stanley in a recent production of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and it was a difficult role because I do things in the play that I would never do in real life: curse, hit a woman, rape a woman. There were times that I couldn’t have an ordinary conversation with friends or audience members after the performances. I just slipped out the back door and left. I was so depleted that I just couldn’t talk to anyone. It took a while to get back to being myself. But theater is what I love. This has always been my niche, the way I give back to the world.”