Local actress is tickled pink with her role in “Legally Blonde.”
Taylor Marie Scott, who stars as bubbly, happy-go-lucky Elle Woods in the Players Guild’s upcoming “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” was so bubbly and happy-go-lucky on the phone that I felt as if Elle herself had called.
“I really do identify with Elle,” said Scott, 21. “I have blonde hair, too, and I’m sure people don’t really take me seriously either.”
A Jackson High School grad, she is majoring in global communications at Kent State University Stark Campus.
Here are highlights of our conversation.
Q. You must be pretty excited about getting this role.
A. “I am SO excited! I think I’m still kind of processing it. I’m tickled pink!” (Laughs)
Q. Have you done lots of theater before this?
A. “I used to do a lot of theater at the Guild when I was little, then I took a five-year break to focus on school, before I just randomly showed up at ‘Legally Blonde’ auditions.”
Q. What other shows have you done at the Players Guild?
A. “I was in ‘Christmas Carol’ for a few years, ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Annie, Jr.’ In ‘Beauty and the Beast’ I was the enchanted flower pot in the back row. I just waved my arms!” (Laughs)
Q. Are you a big fan of the “Legally Blonde” movie?
A. “I loved the movie! I can remember always watching it when I was little. I’m a really big fan of all girl-power movies.”
Q. Like “Mean Girls” and “Clueless”?
A. “Yes! I can quote ‘Mean Girls.’ And ‘Spice World,’ too — but that might be really embarrassing to put!” (Laughs)
Q. Elle is a huge part, right?
A. “I’m in every single scene. I’m never offstage. I sing in almost every number. Tons of dancing. It kind of feels like being in a marathon.”
Q. It sounds very challenging.
A. “The thing is, I’m not a trained singer. I’m really not a dancer, I have two left feet. But it’s like, Elle has to go to Harvard Law School and prove herself, and I’m not really trained in musical theater, and I’m in this huge lead role and maybe I can succeed in it. I’ve been trying to use that.”
Q. Who’s playing the hairdresser? I love that character in the movie.
A. “Paulette is played by Lisa Belopotosky-Knight, who in real life is MY Paulette! She’s my best friend, and she was my very first musical-theater teacher when I was 16. Now we’re acting off each other, and it is so fun! We cried when we saw the cast list because we’re supernerds, and this is our dream!”
Page 2 of 2 - Q. Have you been having fun rehearsing?
A. “Yes! Everyone is amazingly talented. It’s INSANE the people I get to work with! Plus, everyone gets along really, really well.”
Q. Elle is obsessed with the color pink. How about you?
A. “I actually look good in pink and soft corals. I do own a lot of pink, and I own a lot of sparkles, and if I could bedazzle everything I would! Plus, I’m real short. I’m probably 5-foot-1 on a good day. I look like a sparkly garden gnome.”