What’s ahead for Ivy this season?
It’s all about change in Season 2. Both personally and professionally — everything. She wants to be a better person.
Is there a little Marilyn coming up in her life?
Maybe. But before that can even be an option there are other things in the way.
Yes, with Sean Hayes.
What’s your album like?
It’s not anything anybody would be expecting. It’s not musical theater at all. It’s like the other stuff I do on “Smash” … It’s half covers, half originals and I’m really proud of it. It’s the first time I’ve ever done anything that’s not connected to a character. It’s just me.
Marilyn Monroe may have left us in body, but her spirit is alive and well thanks to Megan Hilty, who plays Broadway baby Ivy Lynn on the NBC musical series Smash. And while Hilty is no stranger to life as a Broadway star, having played Glinda in the production of Wicked, her transition into television has her on the way to becoming a household name. But aside from the show’s extremely talented cast, the musical drama itself hosts an incredible score of original Marilyn Monroe-themed songs. And just like the rest of us, Hilty has a favorite: “”Let’s Be Bad.”"
Hollywood.com News Editor Lindsey DiMattina spoke with Hilty at Duracell’s March 21 kick-off For “”Rely On Copper to Go for The Gold”" Olympics program in New York City, and got an inside scoop on the actress’s take on the small-screen production of Marilyn: The Musical and her transition into a Smash-ing star.
On her favorite Marilyn Monroe musical number:
“”With the original music, they’re all so beautiful, but I’d definitely say ‘Let’s Be Bad’…It was just this huge number and it was the first one we ever did that was fully fantasy. It was great.”"
Ivy’s famous Broadway mom will make her debut in Monday’s episode of Smash — much to her overshadowed daughter’s dismay — and it looks like she’s also reserved tickets to opening night.
Bernadette Peters, who plays Mama Rose, er, Leigh Conroy, tells TVGuide.com that she’ll return to the set of Smash next week to film the season finale. Is that because she’s attending Ivy’s big night as Marilyn? “I’m in the finale. I come to see my daughter, yes,” Peters says, coyly. (No word on whether it’s a conciliatory visit because, we suspect, Karen winds up clinching the role.)
We talked to Peters about her role on Smash, Karen’s lack of desperation (shouldn’t she be wanting that part a whole lot more?) and the perilous life of a theater performer:
In Smash, you play Ivy’s mom Leigh, a theater grand dame. When she visits a rehearsal for Marilyn, the cast and crew go wild and beg you to perform on the spot. I have to know: Does that happen to you every time you do a new show? Bernadette Peters: (Laughs.) Well, people don’t say, “Get up and sing me a song!” Actually, people usually a have a lot on their minds when they’re about to start a new show. They’re very gracious and very sweet but they’re concentrating on what they need to do. Now kids, on the other hand, who have less to focus on, can get very, very excited. I can’t recall singing on command for any though.