Fifty years later and The Sound of Music is still everywhere: Lady Gaga just paid tribute at the Oscars, a five-disc Blu-ray anniversary edition was released this week, and a restored version of the film will return to over 500 theaters on April 19 and 22. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, star Julie Andrews sat down with EW Morning Live on Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to share her thoughts on the film, its legacy, and its music. Speaking of music, we couldn’t help asking Andrews to pick her favorite song from the film, and her answer may surprise you.
“I have several, but the one that has resonated over the years is a song that I didn’t sing, really, in the movie, and that’s ‘Edelweiss,'” says Andrews. “And it’s such a beautiful melody and so exquisitely composed that it’s about anyone’s homeland. And I’ve sung it many times in concert, and that’s the one that has stayed with me all of these years. All the others are gorgeous—I mean, I loved ‘My Favorite Things.’ It was such a wonderful waltz and so joyous, but really, I think the one I loved the most was ‘Edelweiss.'”
To hear Andrews talk about that as well as a helicopter-related mishap that occurred during the famous shot of Maria spinning around on top of the mountain, click on the SoundCloud clip below. And for more interviews and non-stop entertainment talk, check out Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM.