Ben Platt gets our vote
If you’re loving The Politician on Netflix, and wondering where you’ve seen the guy that plays Payton Hobart, let’s take a look at the career of the magnificent Ben Platt.
Born in 1993, and raised in Los Angeles, Ben Platt began his career as a child.
His first big role was in a production of The Music Man, in a cast that included Kristin Chenoweth.
One of the first roles that you might remember Ben Platt in is the Pitch Perfect films – he played Benji Applebaum.
Dear Evan Hansen
While Platt had appeared in Broadway productions previously – such as hits like Book of Mormon – it was his lead in the musical Dear Evan Hansen that really grabbed everyone’s attention.
It’s a musical that explores teenage mental illness and suicide.
Platt originated the titular role in the musical. After going through a development process, and a number of Off-Broadway runs, it premiered on Broadway in 2016.
He received rave reviews for his performance, and won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical.
Ryan Murphy’s new series for Netflix – The Politician – stars Platt as an ambitious young guy determined to become President.
The debut album from Ben Platt is Sing To Me Instead.