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I wouldnt say that. But I think after moving to New York, I realized people found me attractive, especially working in nightlife. I guess Ive always felt lucky because I was the awkward theater guy in college, always off in corner reading Arthur Miller. I didnt come into my sexual prime until New York.Would you ever go back to legit acting?
If I found roles that interest me. But what attracts me to burlesque is its a way to create, to make a number. Id miss having that control.
Its no Arthur Miller play! How do you get your discarded clothes off the stage after the show?
Theres usually a stage kitten who runs out and collects the clothing, but at plenty of bar shows, Im backstage saying, Oh God, Ive got to get that stuff. I try to get a friend or promoter to do itotherwise people will steal your things. At Bowery Poetry Club, someone stole one of my favorite jockstraps, which I threw into the audience. I didnt know whether to be flattered or angry.Im sure you can get it back on eBay.
I know!Whats your relationship with Daniel Nardicio?
Were lovers now. We live together in Brooklyn. Id say were pretty happy. If he tells you something different, shoot me a message on Facebook. [Laughs.] Hes a former actor, too. He has a respect for performers who sometimes get lost in nightlife. When you come from a performing background, youre a little more sensitive to the performers needs.Can we say your birth name?
Sure. Its Chris Harder. My last name is actually Harder. [Pause.] Again, it never really made sense until I moved to New York.