'Smash' star Megan Hilty talks about her transition to television and working with Katharine McPhee(Read article summary)
'Smash' still has a lot of stories to tell about her character Ivy and Ivy's background, says Hilty
In anticipation of the opening night of SMASH â€” which on the off chance youâ€™ve managed to miss NBCâ€™s unprecedented promotional blitz, is this Monday after the Super Bowl â€” theTVaddict.com recently had the pleasure of talking to star Megan Hilty. Here, in our brief chat that took place during the recent Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Hilty â€” who plays Ivy Lynn, one of two actresses in the running for the coveted lead role in a musical about the life of Marilyn Monroe â€” talks about what it has been like stepping the role of a lifetime.
On making the jump from stage to [small] screen: You know, I never expected it. But then I came out to Los Angeles and did Wicked for a couple of years, started to do a few spots on television and I kind of got bitten by the bug. I really really loved it and I looked around at the actorâ€™s careers that I really wanted to emulate and I realized that the key to longevity is diversifying what you do so I thought it would behoove me to start working in other fields.
On how much research went into playing Marilyn: Iâ€™m a lot like my character [Ivy Lynn] in that I want to really immerse myself with as much information as I can and then take whatever I need and whatever I can use. And it doesnâ€™t stop once the show starts, Iâ€™m constantly reading about Marilyn because there are a lot of scenes in this show [SMASH] that parallel her life.
On peeling back the onion that is Ivy Lynn: Very quickly youâ€™ll see her relationships, her family life and the emotional roller coaster that is in store for Ivy that explains a lot about her behavior. We actually reshot a scene a couple of times [from the pilot] because we didnâ€™t know what to give away about my mother, but youâ€™ll find out fairly quickly how my family feels about my career choice and all of that.
On her off screen relationship with on screen rival Katharine McPhee: Itâ€™s so tragic when weâ€™re mean to each other because the scenes are so much fun to play. But itâ€™s great that we have such a great relationship offscreen because it allows us to have fun in between some really heavy takes.
On preparing for her life to change when SMASH becomes, well just that: How do you prepare for that! If it comes, Iâ€™m sure iâ€™ll figure out a way to deal with it, but for now I donâ€™t think there is any way for you to prepare or brace yourself of change anything.
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