Margo Seibert talks playing Adrian Balboa in Rocky on Broadway, punching Sylvester Stallone, and more.
Margo Seibert has punched Sylvester Stallone in the face. “We’re tight like that,” jokes the actress, who plays Adrian Balboa on Broadway’s translation of Stallone’s cult movie, Rocky. Seibert explains, “Every time before I leave, he makes sure that we get the picture in where I’m punching him in the face.” As one of the most creative and expensive productions to date (think dancing boxers), Rocky is co-written by Stallone himself, the film’s original writer and actor.
Born and raised in the D.C. area, Seibert is analytical and systematic. After graduating from American University with a degree in international relations (“It was my backup”), she decided to stick around the nation’s capital to develop both her skills and confidence. “I stayed in D.C. because I loved the theater community there,” she says. “I wanted to see, can I do this? Can I actually be successful here? Can I audition? Can I book a role? It took me a while to be comfortable with moving to New York.” Which she eventually did.
In the true spirit of a Broadway star-to-be, the 29-year-old worked odd jobs while auditioning, until landing the coveted role. When discussing the circumstances and timing surrounding her callbacks, the actress mentions her sister’s tragic death in a car accident. “[Her] death was a huge part of this role happening for me, in a way,” she explains. Redirecting her mourning into a character that is defined by vulnerability and a tinge of hopelessness, Seibert truly explored and exploited her emotions. “It was really important for me and my grieving process,” she says. “Really important, I think, for the creative team to see some depth and what was going on with me.”
Despite the seeming difficulty of translating the movie's message via music, Seibert remains positive: “People really have said that they love it and they feel for Rocky and Adrian.” She then adds, “The men’s line for the bathroom is longer than the ladies’! Which I think is a huge sign… because you’re talking about a musical on Broadway.”