Interview: Megan Hilty Talks Smash Season 2, Jennifer Hudson
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Note: Smash is still slated to return in mid-season; not this fall.

Smash” is headed back to NBC this fall, and no one’s more excited than Megan Hilty.

Now being helmed by former “Gossip Girl” showrunner Josh Safran, the series is seeing more than a few changes. Not only have some of the key actors left the show, but Season 2 is welcoming is Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson.

In honor of a dinner being thrown in support of “Smash” Season 2 by Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Hilty, who plays Ivy Lynn, took a few minutes to speak with HuffPost via phone to discuss the upcoming season of “Smash,” her character’s ongoing feud with Karen Cartwright (Katherine McPhee), and her dream duet with Hudson.

I know there’s been quite the cast shakeup for Season 2. What do you think it’s going to be like with all these actors missing? Raza Jaffrey, Will Chase, Brian d’Arcy James…
Well, the energy is definitely going to be different. But this kind of change is inevitable in any business, but particularly ours. I’ve certainly experienced it personally. It’s going to be sad not to see my old friends around, but we’re going to make new friends too. It’ll be fun.

What do you think about cast additions like Jeremy Jordan and Jennifer Hudson?
I’m so excited. I’m such a huge fan of Jennifer’s, and I can’t wait. I’m hoping that we’ll actually get to do a duet while she’s with us. And everybody else is just fantastic.

What would be your dream duet with Jennifer Hudson?
I secretly love the song “No More Tears.” It’s my go-to karaoke song that I do with all my friends. I’m sure they would never do it, but I would love to!

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