AfterElton: Tell me what you’re doing on Parks and Recreation this week.
Kyle Robinson: I am hired as Abe Lincoln, my character name. The episode is called “Two Parties” and essentially it’s Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie’s respective bachelor and bachelorette party. So I was busy working with all the ladies in the cast at the bachelorette party.
AE: You often perform shirtless when you dance but this is an acting role. How was that different for you?
KR: I didn’t find myself too self-conscious since I’m playing a citizen of the town of Pawnee who is a stripper on the side. It’s more like going in and having fun and being that guy who the ladies all swoon over when he comes into the room. I was aiming for that. It’s just a guy who is making some money on the side. I just thought this is a total character and I’m just going to ham it up, because I feel like if I were to be doing this I would definitely want to go in there and lay something down.
AE: Do you wear a top hat and a beard as Abe Lincoln?
KR: It was full-on! Top hat, beard and a vest but no shirt under the vest. It was pretty official.
AE: Parks and Rec is a comedy, but there’s also drama out there. As far as acting, do you find yourself leaning more towards one than the other?
KR: I would love to do more dramatic roles, but at the same time I do have a lot of fun goofing around and being silly. If you ever talk to my Mom, when I’m around the house I’m a complete nut doing a little Irish leprechaun gig just for the hell of it. I’d love to do a sitcom sometime in the future.