IN OUR CONTINUING SERIES “MEET A RANCHER”, HOW WELL DO WE KNOW OUR BARTENDER STEVE HAUCK?
He is quite a guy! The Big Apple Ranch caught up with Steve to find out more about who he is and his history at the Ranch. Don’t miss the link to the video of his work at the end of the interview!
BAR: How long have you been bartending at the Ranch, and how did you get started? My first year working at the Ranch was 2003. I started in coat check, and moved gradually to the front desk, then to bartending. I remember going to the Ranch to dance as early as 1995. My friend Dean Deason was running it then. I enjoyed the low-key, friendly atmosphere, so different from the dance club scene. And I liked the challenge of learning a new line dance every week. I was still going to dance auditions then, and it helped me get the steps quickly.
BAR: What’s your favorite thing about bartending at the Ranch?
My favorite thing about bartending at the Ranch is the social interaction. I haven’t danced in a while, but I enjoy talking with regulars and newbies alike. I don’t go to gay bars as a rule. They seem to me to be the exclusive domain of the young. I’m 54. The Ranch offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to everyone regardless of age. So many gay places are all about a snooty attitude. I like that we’re creating a warmer, looser atmosphere.
BAR: What do you do in your “real” life?
I’m an actor. I moved to New York in 1990 to pursue my theatrical career, and in addition to being a social outlet, the Ranch has been a great way to earn cash in between shows. The last few years have been very fruitful for me. I did my first Broadway show, IRENA’S VOW, in 2009, and I’m starting my second next week—THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, a two-character play with Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons. I’m standing by for Stephen, so I may get to act with Estelle, an 86-year old Oscar winner. The great (and sometimes alarming) thing about the acting business is that you never know where it’s going to take you. I’ve also been doing a lot more TV and film in the last several years, which is great because of the money (including residuals, hallelujah) and exposure. I’ve had roles on ELEMENTARY, THE AMERICANS, ALPHA HOUSE, THE BLACK BOX, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, GOSSIP GIRL and 30 ROCK. And I’ve appeared in the movies OLDBOY and THE SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (both directed by Spike Lee), THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (coming out this May), and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, a gay rom-com in which I’m married to the hilarious Wendie Malick.