Full given name: Jacob Parker Mahler
Instrument: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin
Where you were born/where you were raised: Minnetonka, MN
Special skills: I play various instruments-piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin. I can solve a rubik's cube.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Cooking salmon
Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations as a young actor? My older brother Mike has always been a hero of mine. I so wanted to be him growing up and still am inspired by him.
Current local show you have been recommending to friends: Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind
Favorite Chicago neighborhood: Andersonville
Favorite show tunes of all time: "Rainbow Connection," the scores to Into the Woods and The Last 5 Years
Favorite musical: The Last 5 Years
Favorite play: The Pillowman
You personal acting idols: Michael Mahler, Tom Hanks, Kevin Spacey, and Kevin Klein
MAC or PC? PC
Most played song on your iPod: "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You" as performed by Ingrid Michaelson
Must-see TV show(s): Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Castle, Perception, White Collar, Big Bang Theory, Dirty Jobs, New Girl
Last good movie you saw: The Dark Knight Rises
Some films you consider classics: Usual Suspects, Back to the Future trilogy, Indiana Jones trilogy (the fourth one doesn't count)
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Ingrid Michaelson
Three favorite cities: Minneapolis, Chicago, Santa Rosa
First stage kiss: Working on the gentleman caller scene in Glass Menagerie with Mikala Bierma.
Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living: Watching my older brother and sister performing onstage with my mom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Worst costume ever: I had a pretty awful wig when I played Roger DeBris in The Producers.
Most challenging role you have played onstage: Konstantine in The Seagull
Leading man role you've been dying to play: Iago or any of the guys in The Pillowman
Leading lady role you wish you could play: There's few enough roles for women out there without me taking one.
Three things you can't live without: My wife, chocolate, the puppies
"I'll never understand why…": They made food that is so bad for you so damn delicious an food that is good for you taste like poo.
See Jake in The Brown Paper Box Co.'s production of GODSPELL September 20 - October 7, 2012 at Collaboraction Studio 300 in the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. For tickets and additional information, visit brownpaperbox.org.
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