5 Minutes With Katharine McPhee: The Smash Actress Reveals Her Favorite Finds

Katharine McPhee is, in many regards, the very person she portrays on NBC’s Smash. On the series, the 28-year-old ingénue plays Karen Cartwright, a rising star who scores a leading role in a Broadway musical and is immediately hurled into the limelight; in real life, McPhee’s runner-up place on American Idol led to the same rapid rise to fame.
 
But McPhee is focused on much more than just harmonizing with her on-screen character -- the Los Angeles-born singer-songwriter has taken on a number of inspiring personal projects, from helping the East Coast recover from Hurricane Sandy to revamping her website. “I love sites where everything is right there for the taking,” she tells us of her inspiration to do the overhaul. She wanted to create a place where, “On any given day, you can get information [on] something that is a bit whimsical, but doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
 
We were fortunate enough to catch up with the busy brunette to chat about her style inspirations, beauty must-haves and altruistic initiatives. Click through for the complete rundown:
  • Katharine McPhee
    "On her personal style:
     
    "Fashion changes all the time and I love to try different things and have fun. Currently I love Theyskens' Theory, Altazurra, Phillip Lim, and Alexander McQueen." — @polyvore-editorial
  • Golden Globes 2013 Katharine McPhee
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    "On her Golden Globes gown:
     
    "I loved the simplicity of the design yet how sexy it made me feel to wear. When I put it on it just felt right." — @polyvore-editorial
     
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  • CLARISONIC Mia Sonic Cleansing System, Lavender 1 ea
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    "On her charity:
     
    "I look forward to the next few years where, with BuildOn.org and Malaria No More, we will hopefully build a group of malaria-free schools. That really excites me." — @polyvore-editorial

8 comments

braylenmcdougle
Wrote three years ago
Pretty.

salonsupplies
Wrote three years ago
She looks pretty

zendernaomi
Wrote three years ago
I hate you fashion not laughing!

janellerosario30
Wrote three years ago
i hate your fashion haha

lmm2nd
Wrote three years ago
Loved her since Idol. Addicted to SMASH!

justsweet
Wrote three years ago
Love her style!!:)

karineminzonwilson
Wrote three years ago
She is pretty and stylish

deutschlanduberallesrommelfan
Wrote three years ago
God she's so hot! I got to meet her before. She's prettier in person. I wanna just snog with her!
 
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