Sunday, 1 July 2012

Faye Interview - Pre Legally Blonde

Here is a lovely interview Faye did with the Manchester Evening News just prior to taking on one of the biggest roles in musical theatre.

She's already played one iconic blonde on the West End stage as Sandie in Grease and now Flixton actress Faye Brookes is to become Legally Blonde on the first ever UK tour of the hit musical – even though she’s a natural brunette.

Indeed, she has become the first brunette to win the role of Elle Woods in the musical that has become a smash hit both on Broadway and the West End.

She will, of course, be wearing a wig to take on the role made famous by Reese Witherspoon in the original movie, about the glamorous blonde law student who proves you should never judge a book by its cover.

Faye, 23, beams: "Apparently, I’m the first brunette to play Elle Woods, so no pressure there. I’m thrilled the casting directors could see past my brunette hair, but my mum says maybe I should just dye my hair as my first two professional stage roles have been blondes.

"I’m quite happy to be transformed into a Malibu Princess, but I won’t be dying my hair anytime soon. I think I’ll look just fine as a blonde."

She certainly does – as we’ve got the exclusive first picture of Faye transformed into Elle for her stage role, complete with her dog Bruiser, who will also be joining her in the production.

The Diary joined Faye at rehearsals on London’s West End before she and the new cast head out on the road for the first ever UK tour this year, which calls at Manchester’s Opera House in October.

Faye says: "Come October, to go home and to be at the theatre where I used to watch shows as a child, I just can’t wait.

"I was a late bloomer as far as acting goes, I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was 15."

Faye credits the encouragement of her music teacher at Knutsford High School, Neil Bennett, with taking her first steps towards a stage career, and she went on to complete a performing arts BTEC at Pendleton College in Salford.

From there, she won a place at the Guildford School of Acting and won a role in the West End production of Grease before she even graduated.

In January she auditioned for the role of Elle, and had to fly to auditions in LA to New York where she impressed the show’s bigwigs.

When she finally won the role, she went home to celebrate in Flixton with her mum and dad and two sisters and brother.

Faye laughs: "I went back home to Manchester and the first thing they did was put Legally Blonde straight on the TV to celebrate."

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