Even though the series finale of Smash airs Sunday, Megan Hilty will never forget the star-making experience. “The show has changed my life in a million ways,” she tells me during Dr. Scholl’s Active Series Countdown To Summer Fitness event held at The Sports Center in Chelsea Piers in NY. “Getting to work with the people I’ve gotten to work with through the show, I’m so grateful. Folks on the creative team, the cast and the crew. I’ve made lifelong friends, like Katharine McPhee. “ OK! GALLERY: KATHARINE MCPHEE, MEGAN HILTY AND JENNIFER HUDSON FILM SCENES FOR SMASH IN NYC She continues, “I got to do things artistically that I’ve never done before. I’ve never played a real mean girl like this [laughs]. I behaved badly, and I got to sing, dance, put on amazing costumes and work with incredible people. It really has changed my life.” The Broadway veteran, 32, who has starred in Wicked and 9 To 5: The Musical, compares and contrasts Smash to the actual theater world. OK! GALLERY: KATHARINE MCPHEE AND MEGAN HILTY CELEBRATE AT THE PREMIERE OF SMASH “It’s similar in some ways, but of course, we have to embellish a lot to make it a TV show,” she says. “There is very stiff competition, and very big personalities. What you didn’t quite see on Smash is there’s an awesome community in the Broadway world, too. You do these shows and you become a family, which, I would assume that if we’d gotten another season, they would’ve explored that.” The Washington native finds that performing together—whether on Smash, on Broadway, after school or even at summer camp—helps form deep connections. “There’s a level of intimacy that you develop with the people you perform with because you’re so vulnerable onstage,” she says. “You’re giving a piece of yourself when you’re out there, so inevitably you’re going to build incredible bonds with the people you’re doing it alongside.” OK! GALLERY: SEE PHOTOS OF KATHARINE MCPHEE, KELLIE PICKLER, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, TAYLOR SWIFT, MIRANDA LAMBERT AND MORE IN THE VALERIE GALLERY What’s next? “I’m not quite sure,” she says. “I just got released from my contract [laughs], and I’m trying to figure it out. I released an album, It Happens All The Time, so I’ll be promoting that, and I’m doing a workshop of a musical this summer. Who knows after that. I’m excited to find out myself.” Catch the series finale of Smash, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. What will you miss most about Smash? Tweet us @okmagazine. Photo credit: Getty Images
Rest in peace, Smash! The series was recently cancelled, so this Sunday's second season finale will serve as the series finale. The show, which centered around the production of a new Broadway musical about Marilyn Monroe, was a fun, over-the-top glitterball, so we can't let it go without looking back at some of their best songs! OK! News: Smash star Jennifer Hudson shares how she got her hot body in shape! "Shake It Out." This pick might just be here because I love the real Florence and the Machine song so much! "Let's Be Bad." This song shows a peek of Marilyn's flighty personality and fuzzy voice, as portrayed by star Megan Hilty. "Dancing on My Own" Ditto on the covers of amazing songs. I love how they slowed the Robyn dance track wayyyy down to capture how truly sad the lyrics are. "Beautiful" Where it all began! Sidenote: Katherine McPhee, you are so talented. What will become of you next? "Let Me Be Your Star." This show-stopper ended the pilot of the show, immediately drawing in any viewer who wasn't already convinced that the show was going to be awesome! Which is your favorite song? Are you sad that Smash has been canceled? Can you get your musical-drama fix from Glee? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @OKMagazine. Photo credit: NBC
Nothing lifts my spirits better than a good Coca-Cola slurpee from 7-Eleven, so when I was invited to interview Ashley Benson as she kicked off Summer Slurpee Days with the inaugural sip of the season, I was so there. Pretty Little Liars gossip and my favorite frozen beverage? You don't have to ask me twice.
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Ashley sipped the chain's new Slurpee Lite Sugar Free Sprite flavor while I enjoyed my Coke variety (what can I say, I'm loyal). Take a peek at our convo below!
OK!: What’s your earliest slurpee memory?
Ashley Benson: My dad goes to 7-Eleven for all of his coffee so I grew up going there and I would always get a slurpee. And then me and my friends get slurpees all the time during the summer because I get hot and sweaty really easily. Their new light flavor is half the calories, there’s no sugar—it’s great for summer.
OK!: Are you a purist or do you mix them up?
AB: I like to mix them up, but I do like the coke flavor and I like this new Lite Sprite flavor. It’s very hard to say. But that’s it—the soda flavors I love.
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OK!: What can you tease about the upcoming season of PLL? I need to know who is in that trunk.
AB: It’s going to be pretty crazy. I’m excited for people to find out who’s in the trunk. I’m excited to see how fans like my storyline with my mom and I. We get into a lot of trouble this season. Caleb, my poor Tyler’s leaving me (for new ABC Family series Ravenswood), I’m really upset. There’s a lot that goes on. I think the biggest thing for me…I don’t care about any storyline, it’s just that my baby Tyler is leaving me. We have a crazy Halloween episode this year. It’s going to be amazing.
OK!: Would you like to do a crossover with Ravenswood?
AB: There have been a few conversations that have been brought up. I don’t know for sure if we’re going to but if they do I’d love to because I want to see my Tyler. OK! News: Jennifer Hudson Signs On To Judge 'American Idol' OK!: What advice would you give to the cast of Ravenswood? I'm expecting it to blow up like PLL. AB: I know it’s going to be big. They have such a great creative team behind that show. They’ve made our show what it is so I think it’s going to do really well. But just enjoy it! OK!: How do you feel about Mona joining forces with the girls this season?
AB: I find it so weird. It’s such a good storyline but it’s hard for Hanna. She’s done so much to Hanna and she has to befriend her and use her in a way to find out what’s going on but I’m just like, “Ugh! This sucks!” But it’s good, it’s good for the storyline. Watch: Tour Lulu Johnson's Fabulous Closet OK!: What do you have going on for the summer? AB: I get a week off for Fourth of July. I’m going to Europe. And then just working, hanging out with my friends on the weekends. I don’t really like to vacation. I’m surprised I’m actually going on vacation. I love to work. But I’m just going to go to Europe for a week. OK!: But Europe can keep you busy—so much to see. AB: And that’s the thing, I’m going with one of my friends who has lived all around the world—she’s lived in Rome, Paris, Switzerland, Germany—everywhere. So I’ll have something to do all the time, not just be like, “What to do? What to do?” Photos: 'Housewives' Fashion Looks You Need To See OK!: Is there any place you’re really psyched to see? AB: I’ve been to Paris. I’ve been to Rome. I’ve never been to Switzerland so I’m excited to go there. I’d love to travel everywhere but I just don’t have time. I went to Paris for four days in February and then I was I in Rome for 12 hours. So I’m going to Rome again because it’s beautiful there and Paris is amazing. OK!: As far as work this summer, is it just PLL keeping you busy or are there other projects in the works?
AB: Not that I can talk about at the moment but, yes, I have other things that are awesome but I’ll be able to say it when I can say it. But, yes, PLL is going to keep me busy. Treat yourself with 49-cent medium-sized Slurpees at 7-Elevens nationwide through Memorial Day Weekend. What are you looking forward to about the upcoming season of PLL? Tell me in the comments below or tweet @OKMagazine. Photo credit: Getty Images for 7-Eleven
It is a big year for Danielle Fishel and we are so excited to be along for the ride with her. She's got the upcoming Girl Meets World series, she's writing a book and she's getting married! Photos: The best celeb Instagrams of the week! Yes, later this year Topanga herself will be tying the knot. And no, not to Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), but another super great guy! So during our latest Skype session with Danielle, she told us where she is in the planning and what she's been focusing on. OK! News: The American Idol alums returning to the show as judges! The most exciting part: she recently registered and told us some of the fun items on the list! OK! News: Everything Jonas you need to see before the Married to Jonas season finale Which item would you buy for Danielle? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @OKMagazine. MORE VIDEOS YOU'LL LOVE: * TAKE A TOUR INSIDE LULU JOHNSON'S AMAZING CLOSET WITH FASHION ICON MOM BETSEY JOHNSON! * DETAILS ON ROBIN ROBERTS' UPCOMING MEMOIR * PARTYING WITH JUSTIN BIEBER COULD COST YOU $5 MILLION! Photo credit: Getty Images
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