Here is what the 35-year-old Tony-winning actor/composer/writer had to tell the mag about his groundbreaking new musical Hamilton and more:
On racism in Hollywood: “I can’t say I have enough experience with Hollywood to feel that I’ve encountered racism there… I don’t differentiate between black and Latino actors. We’re in the same struggle to be represented in a way that’s even close to honest.”
On his relationship with President Obama: “With the show opening as Obama’s presidency is winding down, it feels very fitting and full circle. I don’t know what his legacy will be. I do know that the thing that Hamilton and Obama have in common is that they’re totally improbable stories — except they happened.”
On Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump: “It would be fun to have Donald Trump see the show….my reaction to his comments about Mexicans isn’t important. What matters is that the world reacted, and he saw that speech has consequences. You can say the most hateful shit you want, and you can be boisterous and loud and get attention, and that has worked very well, but it’s going to have consequences. If Trump performs the magic trick of making working-class people believe in a guy who spends his father’s money, more power to him. But it’s an illusion. This is not a working-class hero. We’ve had characters like Trump in American politics forever… I’m trying to take the long view and not make Trump a part of my life; it’s bad enough we have to endure his ugly buildings.”
For more from Lin-Manuel‘s op-ed piece, visit THR.com!