Pamela Anderson says she’d like to make the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway.
The Canadian bombshell says she’s got her eye on the role of showgirl Roxie Hart in “Chicago.”
Anderson says she’s been invited to join the New York production whenever she’s ready, but admits that could be years down the road.
She says she needs to become more comfortable with her dancing and is working on developing her singing voice.
Anderson says she began to see herself as a dancer while appearing on the TV reality show “Dancing With the Stars” last year, when she and partner Damian Whitewood were the sixth couple eliminated.
Since then, she says she’s been dancing with Whitewood around the world. Earlier this year, the duo appeared on an Argentine version of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Anderson says making her Broadway debut would depend on whether she’s able to adequately prepare for the leading role, inspired by the real-life murder trial of Beulah May Annan in the 1920s.
“It’s going to take a lot of practice, a lot of preparation, so we’ll see if I ever get to a point where I feel comfortable enough to do something like that. But wouldn’t that be cool?” Anderson said earlier this week during a stop in Toronto to film an upcoming Christmas special for CTV and The Comedy Network.
“I’m singing and working with somebody on the script and we’ll see what happens.”
The long-running musical has featured a string of big names in the role of Roxie, including Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, and Michelle Williams.
Earlier this year, Anderson dropped by the Ambassador Theatre to see supermodel Christie Brinkley make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart. The role has since been taken over by former “American Idol” judge Kara DioGuardi.
Anderson says she’s eyeing “the spring or fall” for her debut, but admits it could be much later.
“They say whenever I’m ready, so it could be years down the road,” she chuckles.
Anderson is best known for a string of sexy TV roles including her breakout beach series “Baywatch,” the campy crime series “V.I.P.” and a recurring role on “Home Improvement.” But the B.C.-born beauty says she’s found new career possibilities dancing with Whitewood.
“We’ve been all over the place — it’s kind of what I’ve been doing, I’ve been dancing,” she says.
“Which is bizarre since I never considered myself a dancer, or nobody else would have considered me a dancer.”
Anderson says her newfound passion blossomed as her two sons, Dylan and Brandon, have become more independent. That’s allowed her to spend more time planning her career, as well as permitted the famous animal-lover to take part in more campaigns with People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
“As my kids get older and they’re more self-sufficient and they don’t need me as much, I’ve realized I have more time to do my activism,” she says.
“I’ve always incorporated it in everything that I do, so every time I travel I find out what animal issue is going on in that part of the world and I usually do some kind of political something while I’m there. But now that the kids are 13 and 15 … I’m just sort of twiddling my thumbs thinking, ‘What am I gong to do next?’ So I’m going to start working more.”
source:The Canadian Press – ONLINE EDITION