Corey Hawkins' Juilliard Audition Was A Nightmare, But Now He's A Tony Nominee!

The talented actor comes to The Late Show to explain his journey from "broke as a joke" to Broadway center stage.

Actor Corey Hawkins ( Six Degrees of Separation, 24 Legacy, Straight Outta Compton) swung by The Late Show and shared the unusual way he learned that he'd picked up a Tony ® nomination. Fans also found out about a humbling turn on his path to fame.

Oh, and this east-coaster has a special connection with The Late Show's very own Jon Batiste.

Watch the full interview above to see Hawkins reenact his stressful Juilliard audition.

READ: The 71st Annual Tony Awards Nominations Announced

Hawkins also shared some fond memories about his grandmother—who will be his date June 11 at 8/7c at the 71st Annual Tony Awards.

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