Legally Blonde: The Musical
From her first scenes as Josh and Reva's hellcat daughter, Marah Shayne Lewis on CBS Daytime's Guiding Light back in 1999, Laura Bell Bundy has had people paying attention. Not only did the striking blonde look like she could be Kim Zimmer's real life daughter, she also possessed the same fiery, emotive acting style which made La Zimmer a daytime legend. It's no wonder the two bonded for life.
After leaving Springfield in 2001, Bell Bundy— who has been appearing on stage since she was a kid— found fame and immense popularity on the Great White Way, starring in such Broadway hits as Hairspray and Legally Blonde: The Musical, the latter in which she made the role of Elle Woods, first played by Reese Witherspoon on the big screen, her very own. Now, with soaps and Broadway conquered, Bell Bundy is poised to take the world of country music by storm, releasing her first major label CD, Achin' and Shakin', onMercury Nashville (relase date: TBA). I recently caught up with Bell Bundy, as the video for "Giddy On Up" (see the making of below), the first single from her new dual CD, became the most streamed video at CMT.com, even making a fan of the likes of Perez Hilton!
The multi-talented starlet shares with Daytime Confidential.com who some of her country music "sheroes" are. She also talks about how her love for movie musicals informs her entertaining music videos. The singer/actress then opens up about why Guiding Light's 60 Minutes special and final episode made her "bawl like a baby", what it was really like working with Zimmer and Robert Newman (who played her dad Josh on the soap) and if she would have returned for the sudser's finale.
Daytime Confidential: You're primarily recognized for your amazing work on Broadway. After doing show tunes for so long, what made you decide to go country?
Laura Bell Bundy: Honey, I’m from Kentucky! I’ve been loving and singing country music since before I ever did a Broadway show! This is actually the second country record I’ve released. The first one was released in 2007. It was an independent country album, and before that I was in a country duo band with my friend Amber Rhodes that began in 1999, before I did my first Broadway show. I have been singing, writing and seriously pursuing county music for over 10 years, since prior to Hairspray which was in 2002. This is just the first time that I have had major label support and thank God for it! I have finally made the record I’ve always wanted to make! READ MORE