Tony Awards 2012: Tracie Bennett celebrates Judy Garland's 90th birthday with nomination

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Zap2it : As Judy Garland in "End of the Rainbow," you're singing, acting and flinging yourself about the stage. What do you do after the show?

Tracie Bennett: I have a cosmo and talk to my friends. Sometimes I go home and watch trash TV. I won't name anything.

Zap2it : How did you prepare for this role?

Tracie Bennett : It is like any role, really. There were lots of documents. I read every book going. I cross-referenced it. I always work with as much knowledge as possible. It is a way of life for me. Being a dancer, that stood me in good stead. You have to balance your life.

Zap2it : What's your take on your competition - Linda Lavin, Cynthia Nixon, Stockard Channing and Nina Arianda?

Tracie Bennett : I am thrilled to bits. They are solid, fine actresses. It is amazing to me to be in their company, and as a Brit as well.

Zap2it : How do you slip into the role before each performance?

Tracie Bennett : I get into the theater three hours before [curtain]. I have done my homework. I like that time to be quiet and to let it come over me. I am thinking about how I can make it better. As I am doing my eyebrows, I am thinking of how I can be more generous to other actors.

Zap2it: Do you have a pre-show ritual?

Tracie Bennett: To go on, I put the shoes on, I put the engagement ring on, then the scarf and the hat. By the time the coat is on, I am finally confident that I am going into Judy.
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