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Meet Billy Magnussen: Into the Woods' Breakout Star!

Billy Magnussen is undeniably one of the breakout stars of the new Into the Woods movie, so let’s take a minute to get to know him better!

The 29-year-old actor landed the role in the movie musical after the film’s star Meryl Streep saw him on Broadway and suggested to the director that he get the role.

“I remember the first day coming into rehearsal,” Billy told the New York Post. “Meryl was like, ‘Listen, I want you to know, I got you this f–king part.’”

At the time, Billy was starring on Broadway in the show Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, in which he strutted around the stage without his clothes on for much of the show (see above!) and even received a Tony Award nomination!

For those that don’t get to the theater in New York, you may recognize Billy for playing Casey Hughes on As the World Turns for three years or from his memorable guest roles on Boardwalk Empire and The Leftovers.

He was also up for the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey last year and while he almost landed the part, he says, “It’s what fate had in store. It’s never really losing a role. It’s never mine to begin with, so how can I be upset for something I never had?”

While he hasn’t done that many musicals before, Billy has been honing his musical talents for years – he’s the guitarist in the band Reserved for Rondee, which has a show coming up on January 9 in New York City. Go get your tickets now!

Listen to Billy and fellow prince Chris Pine sing their scene-stealing scene “Agony” below:


Chris Pine & Billy Magnussen – Agony (From “Into The Woods”) (Audio)
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Meryl Streep is Bewitching at the 'Into the Woods' Premiere

Meryl Streep rocks head-to-toe black while arriving for the Into the Woods premiere on Monday evening (December 8) in New York City.

The 65-year-old actress was joined by her co-stars Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, and Billy Magnussen at the red carpet event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Meryl Streep

Earlier that same week, an audio clip of Meryl singing “Stay with Me” from Into the Woods was released.

Listen to her rendition of the song below!


Meryl Streep – Stay With Me (From “Into the Woods”) (Audio)

FYI: Meryl is wearing an Issey Miyake jacket and skirt, Dolce&Gabbana bag, and L.K. Bennett boots.

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Anna Gunn Gets a Lift from Billy Magnussen at 'Sex with Strangers' Opening Night!

Anna Gunn gets swept off her feet by her hunky co-star Billy Magnussen at the opening night celebration for their new play Sex with Strangers on Wednesday (July 30) at Four at Yotel in New York City.

The co-stars were joined at the event by the show’s director David Schwimmer and his wife Zoe Buckman.

Here is the show’s synopsis: When star sex blogger and memoirist Ethan (Magnussen) tracks down his idol, the gifted but obscure novelist Olivia (Gunn), he finds they both crave what the other possesses. As attraction turns to sex, and they inch closer to getting what they want, both must confront the dark side of ambition and the near impossibility of reinventing oneself when the past is only a click away.

Check out some production stills inside the gallery and get tickets to the show now. It is only playing through August 24.

25+ pictures inside of Anna Gunn and Billy Magnussen at the opening night party… More Here! »

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'Into the Woods' Comes to Life on the Big Screen in First Look Trailer - Watch Now!

It’s here! The trailer for the highly-anticipated movie musical version of Into the Woods has just been released!

The adaptation stars Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Johnny Depp (though mostly hidden) as the Wolf, Meryl Streep as the Witch, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracy Ullman as Jack’s mom, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard as the step sisters and Christine Baranski as their mom.

The film will hit theaters on Christmas day! In case you missed it, check out the first official stills too!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the Into the Woods first trailer?


Into the Woods Trailer

'Into the Woods' First Look Images Revealed! See Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt & More In Character

Check out these first look images from the upcoming highly anticipated movie musical version of Into the Woods!

The stills feature Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, Johnny Depp (though mostly hidden) as the Wolf, Meryl Streep as the Witch, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracy Ullman as Jack’s mom, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard as the step sisters and Christine Baranski as their mom.

The film will hit theaters on Christmas day!

10+ stills inside from Into the WoodsMore Here! »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Casting Roundup & Poll (VOTE!)

It has been the topic on everyone’s mind for the past week and now we are wrapping up a week of Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumors with a reminder of who is up for the role of Christian Grey!

We have narrowed it down to eight guys who seem to be seriously in consideration for the role: Jamie Dornan, Luke Bracey, Scott Eastwood, Francois Arnaud, Billy Magnussen, Christian Cooke, Theo James, and Alexander Skarsgard.

As we exclusively reported a few days ago, only Scott and four of the other guys are still in talks. The frontrunner seems to be Jamie after he had a “really good read,” according to E! News. We can’t wait to find out who really gets the role. Vote below to tell us who you want the role to go to!

Click through the slideshow for more polls on each potential Christian Grey…

Billy Magnussen & Luke Bracey: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Contenders!

Billy Magnussen and Luke Bracey are the latest hunks being put in the ranks to potentially replace Charlie Hunnam in the highly anticipated movie Fifty Shades of Grey!

Both of the guys are set to screen test for the role of Christian Grey this week, according to E! News.

Billy is no stranger to stripping down. He spent most of his stage time in the Broadway play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike wearing a tiny pair of Calvin Klein briefs, a role that earned him a Tony nomination! He will next be seen as Rapunzel’s Prince in the movie musical Into the Woods.

You may recognize Luke from his role in the film Monte Carlo. Check out some shirtless photos of him on set below!

Other names up for the role include Francois Arnaud, Jamie Dornan, Christian Cooke, and some others including Alexander Skarsgard.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of the new potential Christian Greys?

15+ pictures inside of Billy Magnussen and Luke Bracey going shirtless… More Here! »

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