Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes Broadway darling Sutton Foster talks about losing on Star Search, winning two Tony Awards, and playing a 40-year-old pretending to be a 26-year-old on TV.
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Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

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On TV Land's Younger, VIP Sutton Foster plays a 40-year-old woman trying to pass for a 26-year-old. "Are you totally flattered?" Host Ophira Eisenberg asked Foster on Ask Me Another stage in Brooklyn. "I [am] flattered, but also stressed out," Foster replied. "I was like, 'My job longevity depends on how long I can pull off this ruse.' So all of a sudden I was buying a lot of face creams and panicking."

Back when she was 26, Foster was far more successful than most 40-year-olds. She starred in Broadway's Thoroughly Modern Millie, and won a Tony Award for her performance. "After you win a Tony, do you still have to audition?" Eisenberg asked. "Yeah!" Foster replied. "I had to audition for The Drowsy Chaperone. I brought my Tony [to the audition] of course."

Although her brother Hunter is also a musical theater actor, Foster said singing was not in her genes. "My mom had always wanted to be a model when she was growing up," she said. "But her father said no. So when [I] showed any sign of wanting to do something unconventional, [my mother] supported me." As a kid, Foster starred in a local production of Annie, and went on to appear on Star Search as a teenager. "And I lost!" she confessed. "I lost to this guy Richard Blake, who's now a Broadway performer. So now every time I see him I give him squinty eyes, 'cause he beat me by a quarter star."

For her VIP game, we pitted Foster against her husband, screenwriter Ted Griffin, on the topic of well-known movie musicals.

This segment originally aired on September 9, 2015.


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