Krysta may be new to ‘Smash,’ but her character’s got plenty of history with the show’s star — and a potentially bumpy future.
If you’ve already watched the first hour of Smash‘s second season premiere, you’re probably asking yourself who Karen’s (Katharine McPhee) new roommate is, and where the heck she came from. Not to worry; HollywoodLife.com recently paid a visit to the NBC musical’s NYC set to get the scoop on Ana from Krysta Rodriguez, herself, and she was more than happy to help fill in our many blanks.
“I’m a dancer, singer and an actress,” Krysta told me, speaking in character. “[Karen] and I knew each other from our waitressing days, but I was ‘on tour’ last season, which is why I wasn’t around. When she breaks up with her boyfriend, I have a room open, because my roommate goes on the Disney cruise. We’ve been friends, and then she moves in with me, and we navigate theater together.”
If you’re wondering why none of this is addressed on the premiere, the answer is simple: the scene was cut.
“We were about six minutes over in the episode,” Krysta explained.
Will Karen & Ana Clash?
As much as I love the idea of Karen actually getting along with a fellow performer, I couldn’t help but ask Krysta if Ana will butt heads with her roommate.
There’s “a little bit of tension between her and Karen because they’re friends and performers,” Krysta said, but was quick to clarify that they’re not going to be “rivals” like Karen and Ivy (Megan Hilty). That said, Ana might find herself in a bit of hot water this season.
“I get in a little bit of trouble,” Krysta revealed. “I have a thing for musicians, and there’s a little twist that causes problems.”
Of course there’s a guy involved! Just like Taylor Swift sings, guys are always trouble… trouble… trouble.
Watch the first hour of Smash‘s second season below, then check out the full two-hour premiere Feb. 5 at 9 p.m.
— Andy Swift
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