Do you think Hit the Floor is doing a good job of bringing dancing to the mainstream?
CR: I look at them, thinking what a hard career it is to be a dancer 24/7. A lot of them are on So You Think You Can Dance; they really deserve the spotlight and more credit. I’m hoping that as the show progresses they get some more lines and you’ll get to know their characters more and more individually. The show has opened my eyes as to what it’s like to be a professional dancer. Being a professional actor is hard, but being a professional dancer is no cakewalk.
There are so many newcomers on your show, is there any advice you’ve tried to give them about entering the industry?
CR: I feel very mother-henny and proud of them. It’s quite beautiful to see people living out their dreams. They all work so hard–their work ethic is impressive. They’ll ask for advice about “Should I get a business manager?” or “Should I get a publicist?” and I remember when I was younger, I would have liked to have someone to ask those questions to because you don’t know who to trust sometimes. I’m just so excited for them and I hope that they know that one bad review doesn’t define who you are, and one minute everyone wants to be your friend and the next they don’t. Know your self-worth no matter what happens. James and the show put together a bunch of great people who were close-knit since Day One. I’m optimistic that we stay supportive and loving of each other because it’s really important for all of us that we keep that feeling for the show. It comes across onscreen. The Glee cast is really close and it really translated on camera.
Do you have any favorite dance movies?
CR: Singing in the Rain. It’s such an inspiring movie and it holds up unbelievably. I appreciate what dancers do as artists and what they have to do to maintain that level of fitness and flexibility, and the determination to work on it daily when they make it look so effortless. It takes so much work. It’s the perk of why I love my shows so much. I appreciate how hard these girls work and how beautifully they dance. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like watching 15 Beyoncés.
What about ’80s movies–Dirty Dancing? Flashdance?
CR: Flashdance was my favorite. I did an album with Giorgio Moroder, who won an Oscar for that movie. Whenever I get excited on set, I do the Flashdance running in place. That’s a particular one of my favorites just because it had an impact on my life and I’m dear friends with Giorgio and his wife.
Do you think it deserves a remake or sequel?
CR: I think so. It would be awesome.
Is there a song right now that makes you stop what you’re doing and dance?
CR: Macklemore. I saw the “Thrift Shop” video, and my nine-year-old knows every word. I’m into Pink, she’s amazing, and I’m a work out freak, so I know all of those dance songs and dance to them a lot.
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