Interview: Emma Hatton, Elphaba in Wicked
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“There comes a point when you realise that performing is the thing that makes you happiest. And the fact that I am able to make a living out of it makes me feel incredibly lucky.” A fortnight after beginning her stint in one of London theatre’s most coveted leading roles, Elphaba in the Apollo Victoria’s mega-hit Wicked, we caught up with former Loughborough student Emma Hatton to talk about being green, Defying Gravity and graduating from am-dram to the West End stage. What particular song are you most excited about performing as the new Elphaba? Although getting to sing the iconic Defying Gravity is always exciting and a real privilege, my favourite song to perform is No Good Deed as it comes at such an emotionally wrought time in the show. As both an actress and a singer, you can let rip! It's so cathartic! Traditionally Elphaba is considered to be the wicked witch of Oz, but Wicked is all about defying the stereotype. What characters in the musical do you consider to be 'wicked', if any? I like to believe that no-one is 'wicked' to the core. That doesn't mean that some of the characters don't display some pretty terrible behaviour! But it's always nice to try and look for a reason as to why people are behaving that way! How long typically does it take for you to get ready for a performance? Usually, I start getting ready at around 5:45pm for an evening performance. The makeup and wigs take around 45 minutes in total and then we have physical and vocal warm-ups. What has been your most memorable moment on stage thus far in your career? There are so many, it’s hard to single one out - but there have been some pretty emotional moments during the flying section of Defying Gravity, particularly when I have family in watching. Were you always interested in acting? What inspired you to pursue this career? I've always done Am Dram and was in school productions at school. I just loved it but I always had other career options that were a 'safer bet'. But there comes a point when you realise that performing is the thing that makes you happiest. And the fact that I am able to make a living out of it makes me feel incredibly lucky. If you were able to perform in any musical, past or present, which would you choose?
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