Michael C. Hall Reveals His Spanish – Style Renovation Home

Michael C. Hall Reveals His Spanish - Style Renovation Home

Via lonny.com: If “match the powder room to its celebrity owner” were a game (and it should be), we’d easily pair Michael C. Hall with his guest bath: a crisp, enigmatic retreat with black subway tile and an anatomical light fixture grasping a bulb in its palm. More about Michael C. Hall’s Spanish-style renovation and photos below. 

“I can’t deny the resonance of disembodied hands,” jokes Hall, best known for his roles as a sympathetic killer in Dexter and a mortician in Six Feet Under. It was this “pocket of rock and roll in the midst of a grand and austere main floor,” in Hall’s words, that helped sell him on his 1920s Spanish-style abode in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, as well as on the mastermind behind its aesthetic— Kishani Perera, L.A.- based interior designer and owner of home decor store Rummage.  

“That little space has tons of personality,” Perera says of the room. “When the developer who originally hired me was selling the house, he told me some people thought it was too weird. But I knew the right person would love it—and he did.” Loved it so much, in fact, that Hall hired Perera when he moved into the two-level, 4,000-square-foot residence.  

In terms of decor, Hall was hardly starting from scratch; his impressive collection of statement pieces ranged from a stunning silver-and-gold herringbone-patterned console he discovered at the Rose Bowl flea market to a Vivian Maier print. “He has the most amazing objects ever—the coolest tchotchkes of any client,” Perera says. The mission, then, was to incorporate his existing possessions with new ones in a cohesive way that honored his self-proclaimed “sense of symmetry and earthiness.” 


     Architect Bobby Rees’s remodel resulted in a 20-foot-high entryway with sight lines reaching all the way to the top of the second floor. “I thought, ‘We have to do something cool and dramatic here,’” says Perera, who hung an Arteriors chandelier composed of vintage glass bottles to draw attention to the altitude without blocking the light.

In the living room, Perera paired a leather chair from the 1800s with a piano stool in a corner to “create a moment away from the rest of the seating.” The tête-à-tête arrangement also makes the room more inviting. “It seems very formulaic when you just have a sofa and chairs,” she says. “I like to have multiple seating areas—so you have a lot of things to look at.” 

The barn door separating the living and dining areas is a must-have of the moment. But the monumental rustic touch doesn’t work just anywhere: “You can’t force it,” says Perera, who recommends a wide and tall opening (in this case, about nine feet high by eight feet wide), as well as a room that works when either open or closed. For Hall’s home, she installed a reproduction made from alder wood with custom fabricated iron brackets and a track. 

“I like to incorporate things that don’t belong,” says Perera. She and Hall moved one of his prized pieces, a citrus-hued midcentury bench from West Hollywood design boutique Orange, into his otherwise sleek, grayed-out kitchen to make the space pop. Perera also recommends a table lamp on a kitchen counter: “I put drip-glaze lamps everywhere because they warm up a space so quickly and work in modern or traditional decor,” she says. 


Michael C. Hall To Star In The “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” Broadway Revival

"Hedwig And The Angry Inch" Broadway Revival

Golden Globe and Drama Desk Award winner Michael C. Hall will star in the Tony Award winning Best Musical Revival “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”, starting Thursday, October 16 at the Belasco Theatre. This will mark Hall’s first musical theatre role in over a decade having previously made acclaimed runs in the Broadway productions of “Cabaret” and “Chicago”. 

Michael C. Hall’s limited engagement in “Hedwig And The Angry Inch” is through Sunday, January 4, 2015. Andrew Rannells, who is currently playing the role of Hedwig, will play the final performance of his limited engagement on Sunday, October 12.  

“Hedwig And The Angry Inch” also stars Tony Award winner Lena Hall as Yitzhak. The production has received rave reviews and is winner of four Tony Awards and won Best Musical Revival by the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.  

“Internationally ignored song stylist” Hedwig Robinson (Michael C. Hall) brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock and roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the botched operation that left her with that “angry inch.”

Hedwig has inspired a generation of young theatre writers and audiences. This wickedly funny and heartbreaking show was called “the Best Rock Musical Ever” by Rolling Stone and “the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever,” by Time Magazine. 


Tickets for HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH are available now by calling 212-239-6200 or visiting Telecharge, or via the Belasco Theatre Box Office (111 West 44th Street). Ticket prices range from $142 – $47.  


THROUGH SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 & 10 p.m., Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m. (eight performances per week). MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12: Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m. (seven performances per week). MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19: Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 & 7 p.m. (six performances this week). STARTING MONDAY, OCTOBER 20 (REGULAR SCHEDULE): Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Matinees on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m (seven performances per week).



Michael C. Hall To Star In Stanley Kubrick’s Miniseries “God Fearing Man”

Michael C. Hall To Star In Stanley Kubrick's Drama "God Fearing Man"

Michael C. Hall is returning to the small screen! Nearly a year after the Emmy nominee wrapped Showtime’s Dexter after an eight-season run, Hall is set to star in Stanley Kubrick’s unproduced miniseries drama God Fearing Man”, according to THR

God Fearing Man tells the true story of Canadian minister Herbert Emerson Wilson, who went on to become one of the best safecrackers and most successful American bank robbers in the early 20th century.

Michael C. Hall will star as Wilson and executive produce the drama, which was first put into development as a potential series at independent studio Entertainment One in August 2012. The project will be produced as a miniseries, with eOne shopping it to networks.

“Kubrick’s God Fearing Man presents a larger-than-life story with a complicated protagonist who undergoes a radical transformation. We knew we had to secure a leading man with the immense talent and charisma needed to carry the project, and we were dedicated to putting in the diligent time and effort to find the perfect fit,” said Rosenberg, eOne Television’s exec vp U.S. scripted television. “We cannot be more pleased to have Michael on board, who has time and again demonstrated an uncanny ability to portray captivating characters who must grapple with fundamental internal struggles.”

Michael C. Hall On “Dexter”, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma And More For “The Guardian”

Michael C. Hall On "Dexter", "Six Feet Under" And More For The Guardian

Michael C. Hall found fame in “Six Feet Under”, then spent eight years as serial killer Dexter. And he’s not ready to put the corpses behind him yet. He tells Jonathan Romney from The Guardian about his return to the stage, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and more. Read the interview below.  

When Hall walks into the darkened nightclub where we meet, on the top floor of a Cannes hotel, he is wearing a black Paul Smith suit and tie and still looks like a funeral director, albeit a rather more chic one than David Fisher. Having devoted 12 years to two characters, Hall is at last getting a chance to diversify, with considerable success.  

From 2001 to 2005, he was Six Feet Under‘s responsible but conflicted David, widely hailed by media commentators as American television’s first realistic gay leading character. Hall’s father William, who worked for IBM, died of prostate cancer aged 39, when the actor was only 11. I ask whether that early experience of loss provided any special insight when it came to Six Feet Under, a show in which bereavement was the constant theme. “Absolutely. And my parents’ first child died in infancy before I was born. Death was a conscious reality for me as soon as I came online. I’ve maybe done more than the average amount of time in funeral homes. There’s that scene in the pilot episode where David is preparing his father for the viewing, and his dead father appears over his shoulder [and says]: “Oh, no, you’re doing me?” That internalised critical paternal energy was something that I definitely relate to.” 

In manner, the saturnine, faintly academic-looking actor is closer to the solemn, contained David than the impishly feral Dexter Morgan; he leans forward on the sofa, hands clasped, speaking thoughtfully and deliberately. But that could be fatigue (he flew from New York yesterday, and must be back in time to go onstage tomorrow). When Six Feet Under ended, Hall says, “I started to feel that I wasn’t being taken seriously for roles where I wasn’t playing some fastidious control freak.” But then came Dexter, and a different kind of fastidious.  

This was surely one of the riskiest shows ever attempted on mainstream TV – one that invited the audience to identify with a serial killer, albeit one who operates to a rigorous code of ethics, dispatching only villains lacking his own moral finesse. When Hall embarked on the show, he must surely have wondered if he’d get away with it. “Yeah, when I described it to people, they said: ‘Well, you know, we all do all kinds of things… and one day you will have done that and then you’ll do something better…’ I felt happy to be doing something that may be characterised as subversive. Some viewers get a vicarious thrill watching it, inasmuch as we all have homicidal impulses from time to time, though we don’t act on it. But I don’t look at Dexter and wish I were him.” Some people allegedly did, though. There were cases, I say… “I know,” Hall puts in ruefully… both in the US and Scandinavia, of people committing killings and claiming they were inspired by Dexter, or identified with him. Did that rattle him? 

“Yes, it was horrifying that someone’s darker impulses were in some way spurred on by watching the show. I’m not…” Hall pauses cautiously, “trying to talk myself into anything when I say that such a personality might have found something else to reinforce whatever impulses they have. But it’s horrifying to consider that something you did in hopes that it would be a meditation on the nature of morality would give the green light to do a heinous act. But it doesn’t make me want to take Dexter back.”

While shooting the show’s fourth season Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. He kept the diagnosis secret on set, then began chemotherapy treatment the day after that season wrapped. He decided to go public when he appeared in a knitted cap at the 2010 Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild award ceremonies. Originally, he says: “I thought, ‘Well, I can treat this successfully and if my hair falls out [which it did] I’ll wear a wig during the fifth season – and I won’t even have to share with anyone that this is happening.’ But I thought it would be conspicuous if I showed up (at the awards) without eyebrows, and so I made an announcement. I’m glad I did”, he continues, “because I really underestimated how much that would be a source of inspiration or strength to other people. Just to see someone who you know and spend time watching, who goes through the treatment process successfully, is of value.” 

Hall appears to have approached his illness philosophically; late in 2010, he told the New York Times: “I think I’ve been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: would I live that long? What would that be like? [Hall was 38 himself when diagnosed]. To discover that I had the Hodgkin’s was alarming, but at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: ‘Wow. Huh. How interesting.'” Since going into remission, Hall has worked as a spokesman for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Society. 

Hall has twice been married to fellow performers – first to Amy Spanger, who co-starred with him in Chicago, then to Jennifer Carpenter, who was Dexter’s sister Debra in the TV show. According to Wikipedia, he “eloped” with Carpenter – a word that has a quaint ring these days. Yes, Hall says, they did indeed “elope”. “In the strictest term, I think it means that you go off and get married on your own, with whatever parties are necessary to make it legitimate and legal – perhaps to some exotic location, but that’s not necessary.” 

He explains all this with dry, studied precision; you can well imagine that he once briefly considered a law career. He and Carpenter married in December 2008 and finalised their divorce in December 2011, but continued their Dexter roles until the series ended last year. At a “Farewell to Dexter” live event in Los Angeles, the former couple were asked what it was like to carry on working together. “It was gratifying,” Hall said. “It was what we needed and wanted to do.” Carpenter added. “Our marriage didn’t look like anyone else’s, and our divorce didn’t either. Just because our marriage ended doesn’t mean the love did.”

Hall’s partner now is Morgan Macgregor, a fiction writer and book reviewer who formerly worked at the Los Angeles Review of Books. Do they share literary tastes? “I suppose, though I probably benefit more from her expertise than she does from mine. She has a unique ability to place books with people, myself included, so that’s a nice perk.” 

“Dexter” came to an end after a final season that, frustratingly for many fans, let its anti-hero off the hook after promising an apocalyptic climax. “The show had lost some of its torque,” Hall admits. Now, at any rate, he is free to explore other kinds of misfits – in Cold in July, Hall gets to play someone essentially dorky and out of his depth. 

With Hall’s star in the ascendant beyond television, life will no doubt be different: he’ll be recognised more as himself than as someone’s favourite character. Did he often feel that people, spotting him in the street, were seeing not him but his small-screen selves? “Definitely. When I was playing David, people would say: ‘You need to stand up for yourself.’ Whereas people recognising me as Dexter may be more inclined to give me a thumbs-up.” He gives a dry chuckle. “Or tell me they hated the finale.” 

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