Performer and internet selfie sensation Mark MacKillop will make his LA debut with his new one-person show – A Night With Mark MacKillop – Sunday evening, October 18 at 8 pm at Rockwell Table and Stage. Singing standards from the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, MacKillop takes the audience on his journey this past year from an aspiring musical theater performer to a world famous taker of scantily-clad selfies in this self-deprecating, tongue-in-cheek guide to becoming “famous” in 2015. We recently had the pleasure of participating in our first Mark MacKillop interview, and we even obtained some great selfies – exclusively for The Underwear Expert.
A classically-trained ballet dancer, Mark MacKillop’s internet selfie odyssey began a year ago when he was performing as Riff in the international tour of West Side Story. Bored one day in his London hotel room, MacKillop decided to try out a new self-timer photo app on his iPhone, striking artistic poses in his underwear. He posted a few of the shots on his Instagram account, which at the time had a couple of hundred followers. When West Side Story moved on to Tel Aviv, he tried a few more, posted a few more and began to get a lot of “likes” on his IG account. MacKillop kept at it, quickly gaining followers. A year later, Mark now has 33,000 Instagram followers (instagram.com/markmackillop) and a coffee table book collection of his photos entitled Rm. XIV.
The Underwear Expert: How do you feel about the success of Rm. XIV and the selfies?
Mark MacKillop: To be honest the success of Rm. XIV and the selfies came as a big surprise. When I started the series I didn’t really have a plan for using them for anything. It really just was a way for me to be creative while I was on the road with West Side Story and for me to have a way to share my isolated experience with my friends who I was separated from. So the fact that people beyond my circle of friends found it interesting was pretty cool.
The Underwear Expert: What is your favorite candid moment from working on the show?
Mark MacKillop: When I perform the show in New York I have a Vanna White role played by the hilarious Laura Oldham. Her part is not scripted and she just improvs and I never know what she’s going to say or do and it always has me laughing on stage at her with the audience.
You can see more of Mark and find his exclusive interview on The Underwear Expert.
Photo Credit: Mark MacKillop – Exclusively for The Underwear Expert