Though insisting the two musical series are very different, the Glinda of 'Ugly Betty' is grateful for the FOX show because 'they made it socially acceptable and even cool to love the arts.'
The upcoming premiere of "Smash" may bring a new competition for another musical series "Glee", but Megan Hilty is not hesitant to sing praise for her show's potential rival. Speaking to MTV News, the Ivy Lynn depicter on the new NBC show admits that the Lea Michele-starring series opened doors to her show.
"Thank God for 'Glee,' because they really opened doors for our show, specifically, to make it possible for us to do this," so says the former Glinda depicter on Broadway play "Wicked". "They made it socially acceptable and even cool to love the arts, and hopefully our show will do the same, but they really were the people who started that and busted down those doors, so thank God for that."
Despite recognizing the role of "Glee" in the birth of "Smash", Hilty insists the two shows are different. "Obviously, the glaring similarity is that we both have musical numbers in the show, but that's about it that we have in common," the 30-year-old actress claims before explaining, "We're very different in tone and theme and pretty much everything. We're kind of like a glam soap opera with some splashy musical elements in between."
Coming from executive producer Steven Spielberg, "Smash" revolves around the production of a Broadway musical inspired by silver screen icon Marilyn Monroe. Hilty is joined in the cast ensemble by Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, Emmy winner Debra Messing as well as "American Idol" alumna Katharine McPhee among others.
In anticipation of the show's Monday, February 6 debut on NBC, two new previews have made their way out on the web. One of them offers a glimpse of a scene featuring guest star Nick Jonas.