STING OF THE SONGSTER. Katharine McPhee charmed the world with her voice, and today she works her magic as an accomplished actress
Dress by Cristiano Burani
Music has always been part of Katharine McPhee’s life, but her path to stardom started only in 2006, when she tried out
for the fifth season of “American Idol.” She breezed through the early auditions, survived Hollywood week, had an incredible run (dubbed the “McPheever” by her fans) during the semifinals and eventually finished as the runner-up. Recording deals followed soon after and, eventually, so did TV and movie projects. She made brief appearances in shows like “Ugly Betty” and “CSI: New York,” got her first taste of handling a leading role in the musical “Smash” and is now part of the main cast for the action-drama series “Scorpion”—the second season of which started airing only three days after the launch of her fourth album, “Hysteria.” It would seem that the McPheever hasn’t run out yet.
DA MAN: Hi, Katharine. First of all, we’re only several episodes away from the season finale of “Scorpion.” What can viewers expect as the second season comes to a close?
Katharine McPhee: “Scorpion” viewers can expect a fun-filled, action-packed finale. I have no information about future storylines but i have a feeling that there will be several different romantic storylines.
DA MAN: One of the most interesting premises of the show is how your character, Paige Dineen, is set up as the link between all the socially awkward geniuses on the Scorpion team and normal people. What is it like being the “token normal person” in a show about techies?
Katharine McPhee: It’s certainly an appropriate character for me to play. I really don’t like tech that much and I don’t know much about it, so it feels well suited to be playing Paige. I feel bad for my costars having to learn all of the technical jargon.
DA MAN: On the flip side, how do the cast get along in real life?
Katharine McPhee: We all get along great. We are very lucky to have such a fun, outgoing group that keeps long days on set interesting.
DA MAN: Looking back, one of your most memorable breakout roles is in the hit musical series “Smash.” What is your fondest memory of being on the show?
Katharine McPhee: I’m pretty fond of all of my memories on that show. I get pretty nostalgic when I think about my experience on the show. Every day was different on the show: different costumes, dance routines, songs, actors. I also really loved living in New York! “Smash” was such an exciting show to be a part of because it was something different and fun. I also loved the big production days with all of the dancers, costumes and lights. It was like being on Broadway.