'Smash's Megan Hilty: 'I lose my mind all over again'

megan-hilty-smash-season-2.jpgBefore she became Ivy, the chorus girl desperate to headline a Broadway show on NBC's "Smash," Megan Hilty had achieved this goal.

She replaced Kristin Chenoweth in "Wicked" and played the Dolly Parton character in "9 to 5." Naturally, the TV series about the making of a Broadway musical resonated with her.

"It seems way too good to be true," Hilty tells Zap2it. "When I initially saw the script, it made me feel like I wouldn't get it. It seemed too good to be true. It really is an honor to get to represent my community on television."

Last season, Ivy was a mess, making awful choices about men and abusing pills. Though part of the creative team trying to mount this show wants Ivy to star as Marilyn Monroe, the director does not. This season, she has turned around her life.

"Smash" is shot in New York, and the show's guest stars are often Broadway actors, including some of the biggest stars, such as Bernadette Peters, who plays Ivy's mom.

"Every time I think it can't get better, they tell me who our next special guest star is, and I lose my mind all over again," Hilty says.

The stars on "Smash" have to be true triple threats -- able to sing, dance and act -- and that means an exceptionally grueling production schedule.

"They work us around the clock," Hilty says. "When we are not on set we are in a recording studio or a fitting or a dance rehearsal."

As for having Peters play her attention-grabbing mother, Hilty says, "Bernadette Peters made me want to get into the business in the first place, by listening to her records, specifically the 'Into the Woods' one. She is not only on the show, it's that we have all these scenes together. I can cross off (working with her from) my dreams-come-true list."
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