Hus­ton lov­ing this Smash hit

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the mu­si­cal TV se­ries Smash, An­jel­ica Hus­ton (pic­tured) plays fire­brand Broad­way pro­ducer Eileen Rand, a role that al­lows her to draw on ex­pe­ri­ence from a stel­lar ca­reer. Hus­ton, the daugh­ter of the great Hol­ly­wood film­maker John Hus­ton, won an Os­car in 1986 for her per­for­mance in Prizzi’s Honor and has also di­rected and pro­duced. The 61-year-old is sure about one thing. ‘‘I think it’s a lot more fun and eas­ier to play a pro­ducer than it is to be a pro­ducer,’’ Hus­ton laughs. ‘‘I’m hav­ing a great time with my char­ac­ter. It’s an op­por­tu­nity to play a strong woman who has – if you’ll for­give the word – balls. She’s a go-get­ter. She’s in a ma­le­ori­ented so­ci­ety. She’s hav­ing to go to her quite un­pleas­ant ex-hus­band to help fa­cil­i­tate get­ting Bomb­shell on the road to Broad­way this sea­son.’’ The first sea­son of Smash cen­tred on Rand and a group of ac­tors at­tempt­ing to get the fic­tional mu­si­cal, Bomb­shell, about Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, on Broad­way. The sec­ond sea­son in­cludes an edgier pro­duc­tion Hit List, and will in­clude guest ap­pear­ances by other Os­car win­ners, Liza Min­nelli and Jen­nifer Hud­son, as well as sit­com star Sean Hayes and Broad­way icon Ber­nadette Peters. The reg­u­lar cast in­cludes Me­gan Hilty, Jeremy Jor­dan, Katharine McPhee and De­bra Mess­ing. ‘‘It’s a lot of fun be­cause I’m play­ing Eileen Rand on quite a few lev­els,’’ Hus­ton says.

‘‘I also have her per­sonal life, which is in a bit of a sham­bles since she fell in love with the ne­far­i­ous bar­tender. But for me, it’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to play all th­ese dif­fer­ent lev­els, and the beauty of se­ries tele­vi­sion is that you find dif­fer­ent things ev­ery week. It’s like life.’’

– PETER MITCHELL

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