David Corenswet

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David Corenswet
David Corenswet at a celebration in December 2019.jpg
Corenswet in December 2019
Born
David Packard Corenswet

(1993-07-08) July 8, 1993 (age 26)
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
OccupationActor
Years active2011–present

David Packard Corenswet (born July 8, 1993) is an American actor. After graduating from the Juilliard School in 2016, he began guest starring in television series, including House of Cards in 2018. He then starred in the Netflix series The Politician (2019–present) and Hollywood (2020), both of which were created by Ryan Murphy.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Corenswet was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[3] His father,[4] who was from a prominent Jewish family in New Orleans,[5] worked as a stage actor in New York City for many years[6] before becoming a lawyer; his mother is a lawyer,[7] mediator, and author. He has a sister, Amy.[8][9]

Corenswet's maternal grandfather is Edward Packard, creator of the Choose Your Own Adventure book concept and author of more than 50 books in the series.[10][11] His maternal grandmother was a prominent Quaker activist.[12]

Corenswet attended the Juilliard School in New York City,[13][14] from which he received a bachelor of fine arts in drama in 2016.[15] He applied and was accepted to Juilliard while a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.[16]

Career[edit]

As a child actor, Corenswet appeared in the Arden Theatre Company's 2002 production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons,[17] the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival’s 2003 production of Macbeth,[18] the Walnut Street Theatre Company's 2003 production of La Vie En Bleu,[19][20] the People's Light and Theatre Company's 2004 production of The Forgiving Harvest,[21][22] and several other professional theater productions.[23]

His first film role was in Following Chase (2011), a Crossbow Studio production for which he also wrote the screenplay.[24] He next co-wrote, produced, and starred in a two-season sketch-comedy web series, Moe & Jerryweather (2014-2016).[25] [26]

In Corenswet’s first film role after graduating from Juilliard, he starred as Michael Lawson in Affairs of State (2018), a political thriller that had a limited release in theaters, then streamed on Amazon Prime Video. The film also stars Thora Birch, Mimi Rogers, and Adrian Grenier. Describing Corenswet’s character as "an ambitious but cash-strapped politico," the Los Angeles Times called the film “engaging,” “well-acted,” and “refreshingly smart,” though “ungainly.”[27] Forbes magazine said of Corenswet’s performance in the role that he "has the right star-making combination of traditional good looks and a compelling deadpan voice that keeps you guessing...he's reminiscent of a younger Armie Hammer."[28]

Corenswet also appeared in guest-star roles on several TV series, including House of Cards (as the college flame of Robin Wright's character, Claire Underwood), Elementary, and Instinct.[29]

In The Politician (2019-present),[30] [31] he plays River Barkley, the lover and high-school political rival of Payton Hobart (Ben Platt). Vanity Fair magazine described River as “the wealthy, sporty, straight-A student who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and dates the prettiest and most popular girl...in school. But while his life looks perfect from the outside, he's also battling inner demons."[32][33][34] Corenswet had to learn Mandarin Chinese for the role.[35] Critics praised his performance, calling him “a real find,” with a “genuine screen presence,”[36] who “radiated every time he was on the screen,” “charmed us with his Clark-Kent-like smile,” and “[made us] ache for him every time he teared up.”[37]

Corenswet stars as Jack Castello[38] in Hollywood (2020), a Netflix limited series about the post-World War II film business in Los Angeles, created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. Corenswet is also an executive producer on the series.[39] He stars alongside Patti Lupone, Dylan McDermott, Darren Criss, and Holland Taylor.[40][41] Men’s Health magazine described Jack Castello as “a post-WWII veteran...a wide-eyed kid seeking fame....a ‘ Jimmy Stewart’ everyman....looking for any path to a career in movies”; the magazine praised Corenswet’s performance as that of a “breakout lead” with “the on-screen charisma of a future star.”[42] IndieWire called it “...another star-proving turn from David Corenswet.”[43]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Following Chase Ted Short film; also writer
2013 Michael and Clyde Clyde Short film
2018 Affairs of State Michael Lawson Main cast
2019 Project Pay Day Lifeguard

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014-2016 Moe & Jerryweather Jerryweather Main cast; also co-creator and producer
2015 One Bad Choice Reggie Shaw Episode: "Reggie Shaw"
2017 Elementary Houston Spivey Episode: "High Heat"
2017 The Tap Kirk Lewis TV Pilot
2017 Controversy Brian Meadows TV Pilot
2018 Instinct Spencer Baymoore Episode: "Live"
2018 House of Cards Reed Episode: "Chapter 72"
2019–present The Politician River Barkley Main cast
2020 Hollywood Jack Castello Main cast; also executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gay, Verne, "The Politician: Uneven, but Entertaining". Newsday. September 25, 2019.
  2. ^ Rose, Lacy, “Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood: Meet the (Familiar) Cast of the Netflix Period Drama.” The Hollywood Reporter. April 22, 2020.
  3. ^ Myers, Owen, "Director's Cut: David Corenswet | V Magazine". vmagazine.com. September 19, 2019.
  4. ^ De Bertodano, Helene, “David Corenswet’s Bright Future Begins in Hollywood.“ C Magazine. April 30, 2020.
  5. ^ Ikes, Trey, “Sam Corenswet: A Lifetime of Service.” Allstate Sugar Bowl Program, 2017.
  6. ^ Myers, Owen, "Director's Cut: David Corenswet | V Magazine". vmagazine.com. September 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Gardiner, Margaret, “David Corenswet, Jeremy Pope - Kim Kardashian, Met Ball, Hollywood.” Interview for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. April 20, 2020.
  8. ^ Hicklin, Aaron, “David Corenswet, a Breakout Star in The Politician, Takes Flight.” The New York Times. January 24, 2020.
  9. ^ Zafar, Mishal, “Who Is Hollywood Star David Corenswet, and Is He Dating Anyone?” Showbiz Cheatsheet. May 1, 2020.
  10. ^ Andres, Tommy, & Tobin, Ariana, “How Choose Your Own Adventure Was Born.” Marketplace (Minnesota Public Radio). April 11 2014.
  11. ^ Rosen, Jake, “A Brief History of Choose Your Own Adventure.” Mental Floss. April 10, 2014.
  12. ^ “In Memory of Rosa Covington Packard.” Conscience and Peace Tax International. September, 2016.
  13. ^ Myers, Owen, "Director's Cut: David Corenswet | V Magazine". vmagazine.com. September 19, 2019.
  14. ^ Denninger, Lindsay, "Who Plays River On The Politician? David Corenswet Is Even Funnier IRL". Bustle. September 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Borge, Jonathan (September 27, 2019). "The Politician's David Corenswet Has Appeared in Shows Like House of Cards". Oprah Magazine.
  16. ^ Zafar, Mishal, “Who Is Hollywood Star David Corenswet, and Is He Dating Anyone?” Showbiz Cheatsheet. May 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Hodges, Ben (November 27, 2004). "Theatre World: 2002-2003". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  18. ^ Wallace, Debra, “The Natural: An Acting Career Seemed Fated for David Corenswet, Star of Netflix’s The Politician.” Suburban Life Magazine Philadelphia. November 2019.
  19. ^ Jones, Kenneth,"Cast Picked for U.S. Premiere of Picasso Musical, La Vie En Bleu, in Philly Sept. 2-Oct. 19". Playbill. July 15, 2003.
  20. ^ Wallace, Debra, “The Natural: An Acting Career Seemed Fated for David Corenswet, Star of Netflix’s The Politician.” Suburban Life Magazine Philadelphia. November 2019.
  21. ^ York, Y. (October 27, 2005). "The Forgiving Harvest: A Play in Two Acts". Dramatic Publishing – via Google Books.
  22. ^ Willis, John (April 21, 2006). "Theatre World: 2003-2004. Vol. 60". Hal Leonard Corporation – via Google Books.
  23. ^ “David Corenswet’s Professional Theater Credits, 2005-2013” Abouttheartists.com. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  24. ^ "Following Chase Cast & Crew". Crossbow Studio. Retrieved 2020-01-12.
  25. ^ Borge, Jonathan, & Nicolaou, Elena, “Who Plays Jack Castello on Hollywood? All About David Corenswet.” Oprah Magazine. April 30, 2020.
  26. ^ Corenswet, David, & Langdon, Adam, Moe and Jerryweather (2014-2016 sketch-comedy webseries). Vimeo. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  27. ^ Murray, Noel, "Review: Sex-Tinged Melodrama Affairs of State Mirrors Real Politics". Los Angeles Times. June 13, 2018.
  28. ^ Thompson, Luke Y. "Blu-ray Review: Affairs of State Is Cheesy Fun That Should Have Been Sleazier". Forbes. August 14, 2018.
  29. ^ Borge, Jonathan (September 27, 2019). "The Politician's David Corenswet Has Appeared in Shows Like House of Cards". Oprah Magazine.
  30. ^ Mohd, Sajid, The Politician Season 2: Is It Renewed or Cancelled? Who Will Feature?”. The Digital Wise. March 22, 2020.
  31. ^ Wang, Jessica, The Politician Season 2 Will Still Premiere This Summer, Says Ryan Murphy.” Bustle.com. April 29, 2020.
  32. ^ Chi, Paul. "The Politician: Ben Platt Previews Ryan Murphy's Acerbic First Netflix Show". Vanity Fair. July 17, 2019.
  33. ^ Thomas, Leah (October 7, 2019). "Everything You Need to Know About Politician Hottie David Corenswet". Cosmopolitan.
  34. ^ Esser, Chloe (October 19, 2019). "TV Review: The Politician". UCSD Guardian.
  35. ^ Bernardini, Gabrielle, "Who Plays River in Netflix's The Politician? What to Know About Rising Star David Corenswet". Distractify. September, 2019.
  36. ^ Bullions, Matt, The Politician Can Be Inconsistent, But It’s Very Entertaining.” Salt Lake Film Review. October 31, 2019.
  37. ^ The Politician Review: Five Ups and Three Downs. What Culture. September 29, 2019.
  38. ^ Miller, Julie, “Inside Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood, a Revisionist Homage to Golden Age of Tinseltown.” Vanity Fair. April 2, 2020.
  39. ^ Andreeva, Nellie, & Petski, Denise, "The Politician's David Corenswet To Star In Ryan Murphy's Netflix Series Hollywood". September 25, 2019. Deadline Hollywood News.
  40. ^ "David Corenswet Appearing in Another Ryan Murphy Series For Netflix". www.msn.com. September 30, 2019.
  41. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee, “Breaking Big: How The Politician’s David Corenswet Became Hollywood Material,” Entertainment Weekly. November 26, 2019.
  42. ^ Romano, Evan,“David Corenswet Traveled to the 1940s for Hollywood. He Could Be the Next Big Star in 2020.” Men’s Health Magazine. May 1, 2020.
  43. ^ Travers, Ben, “Seven New Netflix Shows in May 2020, and the Best Reasons to Watch.” Indiewire. May 3, 2020.

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