‘I just had to do it…it was a leap of faith!’ Pamela Anderson opens up on making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago as she admits role is ‘really needed’ at ‘this point in my life’
She’s set to tread the boards as she makes her debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway next month.
And ahead of her big moment, Pamela Anderson opened up on how she feels to be taking on a starring role in the musical, as she admits the role is ‘really needed’ at ‘this point in my life.’
The actress and model, 54, also shared her ‘shock’ at being asked to take part in the show, telling Vogue magazine that she ‘had’ to say yes as it was a ‘leap of faith.’
Candid: Pamela Anderson opened up on how she feels to be taking on a starring role in the musical, as she admits the role is ‘really needed’ at ‘this point in my life’
Pamela, who shot to fame as red swimsuit-clad lifeguard C.J Parker in 90s favourite Baywatch, is set to follow in the footsteps of Ashlee Simpson, Brooke Shields, Rumer Willis and original Roxie Hart Gwen Verdon in the famous role.
Sharing her excitement at the opportunity, she gushed: ‘I can’t even believe those words! I’ve never had the opportunity to do anything at this level. I’ve always been a dancer and a singer in my head. I just had to do it…it was a leap of faith.’
Pamela’s stint on stage will run from April 12-June 5 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.
And despite oozing confidence in her numerous film and TV roles, Pamela admitted she couldn’t believe that bosses took a chance on her as she told how the ‘iconic’ production couldn’t have come at a better time for her.
She said: ‘The fact that they gave me a shot to do it is really shocking for me. I always thought I got away with murder in a bikini. I never had to apply myself to anything and at this point in my life, this was something I really needed.’
The star was originally scouted for the part a decade ago by the Oscar-winning film adaptation’s director Rob Marshall during a chance encounter on a beach on California.
Opportunity: The actress and model, 54, also shared her ‘shock’ at being asked to take part in the show, telling Vogue magazine that she ‘had’ to say yes as it was a ‘leap of faith’
Pamela told how she turned down the part as she was busy raising teenage sons Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger at the time, but she said the time is now right as they’re older and the ‘stars are aligning’.
And while she was initially stunned at the offer and admits she knows that for some her move is ‘unexpected’, Pamela told how she believes she was made for the role as she drew ‘parallels’ between her life and the villainous Roxie.
She explained: ‘I think I’ve been rehearsing my whole life for this. The story and my life are so parallel, I always say…30 years of therapy or just one Broadway show, then I’ll be fine.’
Set in the 1920s, the musical is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. It has Bob Fosse-inspired choreography, skimpy outfits and killer songs such as ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango.’
Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her.
To avoid conviction, Roxie hires Chicago´s slickest criminal lawyer to help her dupe the public, media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by creating shocking headlines.
And while Pamela has never committed such a crime, like Roxie her love life and personal affairs have certainly made headlines over the years, what with her infamous sex tape with Tommy Lee and numerous marriages – the most recent union with Dan Hayhurst lasting only 13 months.
Pamela added that landing the part felt like ‘synchronicity’, noting that her role ‘feels very meant to be’.