Live TV musicals are all the rage now. Their special format opens the floodgates to all kinds of live-tweeting, and part of the fun is the potential for mistakes. When Vanessa Hudgens appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night to discuss her role in the upcoming Grease: Live, she noted the particular relish audiences seem to have for her to make an error.
“It’s horrible. People want you to mess up,” Hudgens said. “You think you’re dying, and someone wants you to mess up. They’re like, ‘Ha-ha, it’s so funny,’ and you’re like, ‘I hurt.’ “
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Luckily, Hudgens just finished her Broadway debut on Gigi, which accustomed her to the various contingencies of live theater.
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“I had a night where an understudy was on,” Hudgens said. “She comes out, we’re carrying this tray of champagne glasses because we’re about to do ‘The Night They Invented Champagne,’ and this glass breaks. I look at it and I’m like, ‘Do I acknowledge this glass or do I continue? I’m gonna continue.’ But she goes, ‘Oh no, it looks like I’ve broken a glass! That’s all right, we’ll share!’ And I’m like, what is happening? Eventually we picked it back up, but for those few seconds I thought I was literally going to die.”
Watch the full interview below.