Actor Dermot Mulroney, behind-the-scenes cellist

Posted on: December 21, 2016

“When audiences see ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ they’ll encounter actor Dermot Mulroney—just not on screen. He’s playing cello on the soundtrack,” writes Tim Greiving in Monday’s (12/19) Los Angeles Times. “Mulroney met ‘Rogue One’ composer Michael Giacchino in 2005 at the premiere for the romcom ‘The Family Stone,’ which Mulroney starred in and Giacchino scored. The actor told Giacchino that he played the cello…. Mulroney … has played on nearly every Giacchino film score since, including ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Jurassic World.’ … This is no mere stunt. Mulroney, 53, began playing cello before he entered the fourth grade.… He played cello in the school orchestra and took private lessons from Loran Stephenson, a cellist in the nearby National Symphony Orchestra…. As a student at Northwestern University, he performed in a college orchestra all four years and continued with private lessons while also acting in plays. He was on the precipice of a life in classical music but chose to step back…. In his recent guest spots on Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle,’ Mulroney introduced his musician character by playing the prelude to the Lalo concerto.”

Posted December 21, 2016