Bailey Hanks talks blonde moments and landing the starring role in Legally Blonde the musical.
Bailey Hanks knows it takes more than pretty hair to win the role of a lifetime.
After years of singing lessons, dance classes, and community theater, she won the MTV reality contest Legally Blonde, the Musical: the Search for Elle Woods. That landed Hanks the starring role in the Broadway adaptation of the hit Reese Witherspoon movie, and now she is re-creating the part for Diablo Theatre Company’s upcoming production.
“I’ve learned a lot from Elle in my own life,” says 24-year-old Hanks of the ditzy-but-not-dumb heroine, who becomes a star legal student at Harvard. “She’s funny, she’s strong, and whenever life knocks her down, she picks herself right back up.”
Still, Hanks is not above sharing a “blonde moment” of her own, when asked what she thinks of the silly jokes made at the expense of the fair-haired.
“One time, my little sister came home from elementary school and told us she was studying Mother Teresa,” says Hanks. “I asked, ‘Wait, was Mother Teresa a real person?’ I always thought she was like a fairy godmother character from make-believe.”
Legally Blonde, the Musical, February 10–March 3, at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, diablotheatre.org.