Rebecca Romijn is best known as Mystique in the X-Men films and Alexis Meade on television’s Ugly Betty. This Friday she takes the plunge into musical theater when she steps onto the stage as Swedish bombshell Ulla in The Producers at The Hollywood Bowl, joining Broadway veterans Richard Kind, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Roger Bart and Gary Beach.

The 39-year-old actress is no stranger to professional risks and has taken them successfully, transitioning from a modeling career where she posed for Christian Dior, Sports Illustrated and Victoria’s Secret, to television host on MTV’s House of Style, to acting. Romijn talked to Theatermania about her first theatrical adventure.

THEATERMANIA: How brave do you have to be to perform in your first professional musical on stage at the Hollywood Bowl?
REBECCA ROMIJN: It’s overwhelming! But 18,000 people will be a wall of anonymity, and less scary than a room of 10 in a small theater. On the first day of rehearsals — which was only last week! — our producer told us that in New York you might get 700 people who take their seats, cross their legs and get ready to criticize, but at the Hollywood Bowl they meet you with open arms. Of course, there might be a bottle of wine involved!

TM: How far out of your comfort zone are you with the singing and dancing?
RR: I was a voice major in college, but I am so far out of my comfort zone with the dancing! It’s the most intimidating thing I’ve ever done. My husband told me I’d be adding a double threat with the singing and dancing, but after a few dance rehearsals he said ‘well, maybe just a single threat.’

TM: What made you want to do a musical at this point in your career?
RR: I was a musical theater kid and did it in high school and college. I always knew that I wanted to do this, but I was so far away from it for so long. And I have my daughters who I want to inspire, and teach them that life is about going outside your comfort zone.

TM: Were you re-bitten by the bug when your husband, Jerry O’Connell, make his Broadway debut last year in Seminar?
RR: Yes. I was so in that world going ‘why am I not doing this? I really want to be doing this!’ This call came in and it was a no-brainer.

TM: How is working on a stage physically different than working on a film or TV set?
RR: This is so different. It’s so physical and so athletic. It’s exhausting. They’ve been calling rehearsals “Camp Hollywood Bowl” but it’s not relaxing!

TM: And when you go home you still have to be a mother to your twin girls Dolly and Charlie?
RR: I go home and still need to rehearse. They let me get one song out then it’s their turn. Dolly says ‘more, more!’ They take over the coffee table as their stage.

TM: Will working in theater be the next direction of your career?
RR: It’s a turning point. It’s monumental. I have a feeling that on Sunday night I’m not going to feel finished.

theatermania.com

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This past weekend, Rebecca Romijn was in attendance at Comic-Con in San Diego with her “NTSF:SD:SUV::” cast mates. I have just added 15 images of Rebecca from the event into our photo gallery!

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Some of TV’s funniest casts were on hand at this year’s Comic-Con to bring a little humor to the “Extra” stage. Watch the video for silly moments caught on tape, like Rebecca Romijn revealing her Adult Swim makeout partner on “NTSF.”

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Rebecca Romijn is featured on the cover and inside the July/August 2012 issue of “Health” magazine!

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“NTSF:SD:SUV” will have a panel at the 2012 Comic-Con! The panel will be on Friday, July 13th at noon in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

NTSF:SD:SUV:: (National Terrorism Strike Force: San Diego: Sport Utility Vehicle::) (Adult Swim): Creator and star Paul Scheer, executive producer Jonathan Stern,and co-executive producer Curtis Gwinn join stars Martin Starr, Rebecca Romijn,Brandon Johnson and June Diane Raphael. Rob Corddry moderates. Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, noon-12:45 p.m.

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Broadway vets Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Richard Kind will star as Leo Bloom and Max Bialystock, respectively, in The Producers at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. Susan Stroman, director and choreographer of the 2001 Broadway production of The Producers, will direct and choreograph the production at the Hollywood Bowl. Tony winners Gary Beach and Roger Bart will reprise their roles as Roger De Bris and Carmen Ghia, respectively. Rebecca Romijn stars as Ulla. The Producers will play a limited engagement from July 27 through 29.

Based on the 1968 Mel Brooks film of the same name, The Producers is the story of two theatrical producers who create a get-rich-quick scheme by purposely producing a Broadway flop. Adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan, The Producers features music and lyrics by Brooks with arrangements by Glen Kelly and Doug Besterman. The Broadway production opened on April 19, 2001 at the St. James Theatre starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. The production won 12 Tony Awards and was later adapted into a 2005 film, featuring Hollywood Bowl stars Beach and De Bris.

Ferguson is best known as Mitchell Pritchett on TV’s Modern Family. His Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and On the Town. Kind played Bialystock on Broadway, and has appeared in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and Sly Fox. His film and TV appearances include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Spin City and A Serious Man. Beach’s Broadway credits include Les Miserables, La Cage aux Folles, Beauty and the Beast, Annie and 1776. Bart has appeared on Broadway in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Triumph of Love, King David, Big River, The Frogs and Young Frankenstein. Romijn’s film and TV credits include the X-Men series, Ugly Betty and Femme Fatale.

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Rebecca Romijn attended the Release Party For “Most Talkative: Stories From The Front Lines Of Pop Culture” in Los Angeles earlier this month and I have just added 102 HQ and MQ images from the event into our photo gallery!

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On Monday, May 21st, Rebecca Romijn will be co-hosting “Anderson” with host Anderson Cooper. Check out three preview videos from the episode below!

Rebecca Romijn on Naming Daughter Dolly after the Singer

Rebecca Romijn Says Attachment Parenting ‘Sounds Exhausting’

Rebecca Romijn on Jerry O’Connell’s Family Apartment
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Here’s a way to stock up on summer footwear and give back!

Havaianas tapped celebrities like Courteney Cox, Rebecca Romijn, and Tori Spelling to design a collection of printed flip-flops, and 10% of sales go to Baby Buggy, a non-profit that provides essentials and educational services to children of families in need.

Women’s styles go for $26, while matching kids’ pairs are $19. Shop the lineup now, including Cox’s blue disc design and Romijn’s floral flip-flops, at us.havaianas.com.

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good deeds Lionsgate officially plans to bring the 2012 film “Good Deeds” written by, directed by & starring Tyler Perry as well as co-starring Thandie Newton and Gabrielle Union to DVD and Blu-ray Disc on June 12th.

Tech specs for the Blu-ray release include full 1080p Hi-Def video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The title is already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $27.99 price tag. The release will come in the form of a “combo pack” or sorts with a Digital Copy included. Bonus materials set to be included are listed below.

  • “Two Worlds Collide” featurette
  • “Motherly Love” featurette
     
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