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POLISHED EDGE: Celebrity Q&A
Debra Messing of ‘Smash’ on NBC
Q: Since “Smash” is very much an ensemble piece, what’s your take on some of the co-stars you have in the series?
A: Jack Davenport plays the director-choreographer, and he and I did “The Wedding Date” together eight years ago, along with Amy Adams. And Anjelica Huston is obviously one of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met; I could just listen to her talk forever.
And Christian Borle, who plays my right arm as my composer, was Tony-nominated for “Legally Blonde” on Broadway ... and he was Bert in “Mary Poppins,” which I took my son to see. We ended up watching him before we knew him. Everybody is competent and seasoned and serious about what they do.
Q: Does doing this series stoke any musical inclinations you might have had yourself?
A: Oh, I always wanted to be a triple threat. When I was 3, that’s what I wanted, to be in musical theater. This is incredibly titillating for me every single day, coming to the set and being able to sit behind a table as a character who is on the creative side of it, and be able to watch these real Broadway talents sing for hours on end and do all of this very intricate choreography.
It’s like I levitate with joy every time. And yes, there is a part of me that says, “I wish I had that voice. I wish I was that talented.” But I’m not going to complain. I love what I’m doing, and I’m right in the front row for this.
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