Gaming Preferences of the Three Billy Elliots, Revealed!

Around 7 p.m. on Monday, June 8, NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan tweeted the following: “Just got a preview of the new Indiana Jones Wii game at the Nintendo store. Got an Indy hat.” Mr. Kiernen posted a photo of himself, smiling and hands on hips, wearing the floppy fedora.

About an hour earlier, the Transom had been hanging out with the affable Mr. Kiernan at the Nintedo store at Rockefeller Center for the launch of the game, along with his wife, Dawn, and young daughters, Maeve and Lucy.

“We probably don’t play as much as we would if we had boys at home,” Mr. Kiernan said of his Wii, which he uses with his wife after the kids go to bed. “We might have a Wii tennis battle at like 10 p.m., but then we usually just get tired so it doesn’t last very long,” he said.

He looked down at his 3-year-old daughter. “Maeve, how are we at tennis?”

The little girl was busy nibbling on a black-and-white cookie. “Maeve has a wicked serve,” Mr. Kiernan said. “I don’t know what it is about her being 3 feet tall, but she can ace the serves.”

Around the room, the children of model Irina Pantaeva, Live With Regis and Kelly executive producer Michael Gellman and actress Debra Winger were hungrily gripping their Wii controllers.

“I haven’t even been allowed on!” said Ms. Winger of the gaming console her son, Babe Howard, received for his birthday recently. “That’s not true!” young Babe protested. 

Most of the adults’ attention was soon focused on the three Billy Elliots—David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik and Kiril Kulish—who had taken home Tonys the previous night.

“They called my name, and I just went up there and I completely forgot what I was supposed to say,” said David, 15.

“It was unbelievable. I was speechless!” Trent, 14, said.

Back to the video games. “Every so often we get to play,” he said, “Usually on our day off, which is Monday.”

“I can only play for like an hour, and then I feel like I have to start getting exercise again,” said David, adding that “shooting games” were his favorite. Trent likes The Legend of Zelda, and Kiril, 15, the shyest of the boys, said he prefers Super Mario Galaxy.

  Gaming Preferences of the Three Billy Elliots, Revealed!