First-Time Tony Nominee: Carrie Coon breathes new life into Honey in the classic ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’

Carrie Coon.

Carrie Coon in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”.

One fresh face at the Tonys this year is Carrie Coon who is nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work as the dimwitted Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  But not only is this Coon’s first trip to the Tony Awards, the play is her Broadway debut.

However, the 31-year-old Ohio native has not been shy to the entertainment business, having taken a guest spot on the short-lived NBC show The Playboy Club alongside Broadway alum and Tony Award winner Laura Benanti.

Her award nominated role was a definite departure from other characters she’s portrayed. Honey is the perpetual airhead in a straight play. Since most of the jokes go over her head, Honey is a bit of comic relief, whether she’s being quite silly or dancing around drunk. She’s not all laughs, though, as she deals with adultery and nurses multiple glasses of brandy throughout the play. On the surface, Honey may seem like just a soft-spoken character, but, after digging into the play, she becomes multifaceted. It takes a talent like Coon’s to bring her to life.

Coon has a pretty good shot at winning in this category, especially as a Broadway newcomer in a play as well known as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Coon speaks with a vivacious spirit and her quirky personality shines through in every interview. It seems like this is only the beginning of her blooming career.

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