Megan Hilty: The Finale Will Freak Fans Out!
The cast of Smash was simultaneously hit with good news and bad news last week as an announcement of their season two pick-up was closely followed by the reveal that creator Teresa Rebek wouldn't be returning as showrunner for the sophomore season. Turns out, both bits came as total shocks to the cast.
At least that's what star Megan Hilty told me Saturday at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards.
In addition to chatting about those two real-life twists, Megan teased some interesting on-screen developments, pulled the curtain back on her favorite moments so far and revealed what fans can expect from the season one finale!
Insider.com: Congrats on the second season! How does it feel?
Megan Hilty: It's amazing. I'm so glad that people are responding so well to it – but more than that, I love that people are being exposed to the theater community in this way.
Insider: What can you tease about tonight's episode?
Megan: Well, Karen does something a little naughty – which is rather out of character for her, so it throws everybody for a loop.
Insider: Do you think Karen and Ivy can ever be friends?
Megan: Absolutely. And that's the beauty. They come together for these beautiful moments – they just don't last very long and they go back to duking it out.
Insider: Have we seen your favorite song on the show yet?
Megan: One of them. Let's Be Bad is one of my favorites so far, it was so much fun to film that kind of big production. But there's a huge number that Kat [McPhee] does with Raza [Jaffrey, who plays Dev] in, I think, episode 12. I can't say what song it is, but it's another original and it is epic. Epic. You don't even know. And then the Marilyn Musical gets staged in the finale. It's unbelievable. I can tell you first hand [laughs] you are going to freak out when you see it. I can't wait to see it again.
Insider: Looking ahead to season two, what are you hoping to get to do with Ivy you haven't yet?
Megan: I hope Ivy gets it together a little bit. But then again, I kind of hope not. She's so fantastic and part of the reason I love her is that she's so deeply flawed because she's human and makes mistakes and has remorse for her bad decisions.
Insider: Will the finale give us any indication as to what next season might be about?
Megan: No. It will leave you saying, "What could possibly happen next year?!?!" There's no hint. It leaves you with a million questions and the need to see what happens next. So thank God we're coming back to show you because when we shot it, we didn't know.
Insider: Next season will also see a new showrunner come aboard as Teresa Rebek is leaving. How do you think that will effect the show?
Megan: I have no idea. Her leaving was such a shock, I found out by reading it online with the world. I haven't quite processed it. I don't even know the deets. I don't know the scoop. But it'll be interesting, that's for sure.
Smash airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC.