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Amanda Bynes Talks Hairspray On-Set

By Paul Fischer Tuesday September 12th 2006 12:52AM

In a large hall in downtown Toronto, some of the stars are dressed up in period gear simply to talk to the press on the set of "Hairspray". After screen newcomer Nicole Blonsky belts out a live performance of Good Morning Baltimore, some of the cast mingled with the press and Amanda Bynes, who co-stars as Penny Pingleton, talked to our regular LA correspondent up in Canada covering the festival.

Question: What's your musical background?

Bynes: I did like Annie, Secret Garden and Music Man. I did also Sound of Music. But this is my first movie.

Question: How's it been?

Answer: It's been so much fun. Are you kidding me, I've been having the best time.

Question: I can imagine. Is it tough to do a musical on film? I mean what kind of surprised you about the process that you weren't really expecting?

Answer: Well I mean obviously it's just longer days and the great thing is you have it on tape and once you've done one scene it's done. So you kind of have to really enjoy each moment. But with plays you do the whole thing so...

Question: Have you seen John in his getup yet?

Answer: Yeah, I have. He looks amazing.

Question: Were you surprised?

Answer: No, I mean I thought he really just looked incredible. Like, you know, he looks like a lady, and I think that's what you want, you just want him to look real.

Question: Have you seen the play, Hairspray?

Answer: Yes, I have.

Question: So how hard is it for you to avoid playing a character that was played onstage? I mean do you make her your own?

Answer: The truth is, I want to keep it the same because it's so special, but this is different because it's a movie version of the musical so it's different than the movie version of the movie. You know what I mean? So they've never documented the actual musical.

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