Hale Appleman is an accomplished American actor who is most popular for playing the role of ‘Eliot’ in the television fantasy series ‘The Magicians’. He is an intuitive performer who believes in getting into the skin of the character that he is playing and enjoys the development process of the character as a season unfolds. As mentioned in a Q&A session of Instagram live with his fans, he is fascinated by the way a story evolves allowing the characters to blossom into their own, while the actors playing these parts get to experiment with bending and breaking some rules to give it their own unique touch. Being a theatre actor, Hale believes in continuous learning and honing his craft. He is also a trained singer and is fond of writing songs and singing. He has lent his vocals to ‘Eliot’ and hopefully that is something the audience might be seeing more of, from Hale, in the near future.
Hale Appleman learnt performing arts by spending four years at French Woods, which is located in the Catskill Mountains on Sand Pond a bit away from Hancock, NY. Following this, he attended the LaGuardia Arts High School in Manhattan near Lincoln Center, which specializes in performing and visual arts and is popularly known as the ‘Fame’ school. After which he spent little over a year at CMU Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, but dropped out to act in a movie.
He has spoken about trying his hands at catering and being involved in the restaurant business, working as a personal assistant for a wee bit and even tutoring kids before finding his footing as an actor in the industry.
His debut movie was ‘Beautiful Ohio’ released in 2006, following which he has been part of movies like ‘Teeth’ (2007), ‘Pedro’ (2008), ‘Private Romeo’ (2011), ‘Oysters Rockefeller’ (2012) and ‘White Orchid’ (2015). He has also done short films like ‘Jagoo’ and NBC drama series ‘Smash’ in 2012.
He has performed on stage with ‘Streamers’ and ‘Paradise Lost’ at Roundabout Theatre Company and American Repertory Theater respectively. He played the role of Jesus in ‘Passion Play’ by Sarah Ruhl at its New York premiere; the character Mercutio in the play ‘The Last Goodbye’ at The Old Globe Theatre, and then essayed the role of Bob in the stage show ‘Moonchildren’ that showed at Berkshire Theatre festival.
His latest acting venture was portraying the multi-layered fantasy character ‘Eliot’ on Syfy’s series ‘The Magicians’. The series, based on Lev Grossman’s novel, has run for 5 seasons and reached its finale which premiered on 15th of January 2020.
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Family & Personal Life
Hale Isaac Appleman is a thorough New Yorker, born and brought up in Manhattan. He was born on 17 January 1986. His parents have been true patrons of art and he talks about how they encouraged him to explore acting in his life. They gave him an opportunity to attend a summer theatre camp, which was the starting point for his love towards acting. Hale’s mother Ara Fitzgerald is a dancer and his father Richard Appleman was fond of visiting the theatres to watch plays and would take Hale along with him.
He was a self-confessed mean child and would show off his acting skills by playing dead and troubling his parents. However, when you hear him talk you can understand that he is a very observant, intelligent and thoughtful actor who thrives when allowed to breathe life into his characters. He is politically active and believes in voicing opinions that are relevant to today’s time and age. He has made a comment saying that he would not be interested in dating anyone who likes US President Donald Trump.
He likes to go on hikes especially when he is in Vancouver, and given he has free time he would love to write and watch the night sky with his friends. Hale is not extremely active on social media and says that it could be a bit overwhelming for him at times. However, he does feel the gratitude towards his fans and occasionally gets on board with a live question and answer session on Instagram.
He enjoys reading and has admitted to have loved the Harry Potter series. He also likes watching movies and television series and his favorite show on Netflix is ‘The Crown’. His all time favorite actor is Philip Seymour. He is inspired by art and interesting people and believes in immersing himself in his inspirations to enhance his creativity. Hale wouldn’t mind being called an introvert and says it is really the balance and the company that brings out the introvert or the extrovert in him. He enjoys his own company and his close friends and family. He also seems to be fond of dogs.
Relationships & Controversies
Although there is a lot of speculation about Hale Appleman’s personal life, because he doesn’t talk about it much and has identified himself as ‘definitely not straight’ but queer, it is believed that he is married to actress Stephanie Falcon Simbari since 2012. He has put up an Instagram post in 2015 referring to her as his wife, and similarly Stephanie has put up a comment on Twitter in 2016 calling Hale her husband. However, rumors still do the rounds as neither party has publicly talked about their marriage or relationship.