For the full behind-the-scenes action, check out the Suddenly Wendy section of my app!The celebrated "Hairspray" remake debuted in theaters 10 years ago today, and even though Nikki Blonsky shined as Tracy Turnblad in 2007, she was not invited to appear in NBC's live TV musical last year. I was most excited for the people who have never seen it before to be able to just turn it on the TV.Blonsky is getting back into work, with roles in the independent high school-set films “The English Teacher” (out May 17) and “Geography Club” (which was released last month) and on the TV series “Smash.” It’s a flush period for the actress, whose parents have veto power over the roles for which she auditions (though Blonsky brought up, on more than one occasion, the idea that she might shoot a nude scene). She’s a very strong woman who is amazing and takes care of her family first and I admire her so much for that. She shows me you don’t have to be a size zero to be gorgeous.We spoke to Blonsky about her rise to fame and the period after “Hairspray” and about the challenges facing a plus-size would-be star. I think we all have to remember as we get older that there’s only one of us. My career for the next however I live on, I want to spend it with my family, work, have a family down the road. If — — a movie were to come along that was blowing my mind amazing, and it had a nude scene, and it had a scene where I was topless or whatever, I would definitely consult with my parents and say, “Is this the role for me to break out completely? In the industry, Liza Minnelli has been wonderful to me, and I’m extremely close with Lainie Kazan. A., my hairstylist keeps me on the straight and narrow. Her high-school stage credits include Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables; Mrs.
Find out if Nikki thinks Zac and Vanessa will eventually get married and who she thinks Zac should be with. #Flashback Friday to last month when I visited Sirius XM and my radio friends!
Shine Great Neck South High School, where she participated in productions of Les Misérables, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me, Kate, and the title role of the opera Carmen..
Her first single, "On a High", a cover of one of Sheik's songs, was featured in Blonsky's Lifetime Original Movie Queen Sized.
Her nightclub review, titled "Coming Home", ran September 23 to October 4, and featured songs from Broadway, the Great American Songbook and pop classics, by the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge, as well as selections from Hairspray (1988). I'm thrilled beyond belief to be different in this business.
I pray that there will be more roles for bigger girls.