Girls star Andrew Rannells to publish memoir in 2019
Mark your calendars, Elijah fans.
EW can exclusively reveal that Crown Archetype will publish a memoir by Girls star Andrew Rannells in the spring of 2019. The book, as yet untitled, will trace Rannells’ inspiring journey from Omaha, Nebraska, to Broadway and beyond. It’ll feature his trademark wit, in an alternately candid and moving account of growing up gay in the Midwest and struggling through the hellish experiences of dinner theater and embarrassing auditions.
“This is by far the most personal project I have ever worked on,” Rannells said in a statement. “Being an author has always been a dream of mine and I am incredibly honored to be given this opportunity. I am excited to share these stories and I will try my absolute best not to embarrass my family. Too badly.”
Matt Inman, the Crown Archetype senior editor who acquired the book, said Rannells is “a true quadruple threat, possessing a writing talent that matches his well-established skill as an actor, singer, and performer. His story will resonate with anyone who has chased a dream against all odds, and at times, all reason. But it is his insight into the ways we shape our lives and identities in our 20s — the pasts we leave behind, the new homes we make, the makeshift families we create, and the passions we won’t let anyone extinguish — that will linger with readers long after this book ends.”
Known for playing Elijah Krantz, the ex-boyfriend turned confidante of Lena Dunham’s lead character on HBO’s Girls, Rannells has also made his mark on stage. He made his Broadway debut in Hairspray and broke out after landing the leading role in the musical phenomenon The Book of Mormon, for which he earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actor. Other recent Broadway credits include revivals of Hamilton (King George III), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig), and Falsettos (Whizzer), the latter of which earned him another Tony nomination.
Rannells is next slated to star in Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s hyped Amazon series The Romanoffs and will guest on an episode of Will & Grace opposite Jane Lynch later this year.