Guy Davis

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iconic Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe in per­for­mance rou­tines. What have you found most chal­leng­ing and re­ward­ing about that?

McPhee: In my first au­di­tion, it was my char­ac­ter singing the iconic Happy Birthday, Mr Pres­i­dent song. I felt quite com­fort­able singing that be­cause she had a very fast vi­brato and it is very breathy. When I started in the se­ries, I put a lot of pres­sure on my­self to re­ally feel like Mar­i­lyn. But it does not have to be an ex­act im­per­son­ation of her. Get­ting her essence is what I have been ob­sess­ing about. In­ter­nally, I have been ner­vous about it.

Hilty: I find it ter­ri­fy­ing be­cause there is no right way to do it. Nei­ther of us will be a per­fect Mar­i­lyn. But we both had to be OK with what we bring to the role while pay­ing homage to who she was, her essence, as well as stay­ing true to our­selves through the per­for­mance so that it stays grounded in re­al­ity. If you only mimic some­one, there is no truth in it. You will have to strike a bal­ance be­tween pay­ing homage to Mar­i­lyn and bring­ing your­self to it. In that way, it can be hon­est, mov­ing, funny and touch­ing. Oth­er­wise, it is just some­body danc­ing around in a wig and a dress.

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