Vanessa Williams is a pure in Broadway’s ‘POTUS’
She went from being topped Miss America — to being elected First Lady.
Vanessa Williams stars because the First Lady in Broadway’s “POTUS” —a job she’s been gathering materials for her total life.
“I’ve met 5 first girls in my lifetime, which has been fairly extraordinary, so I’ve obtained some nice historical past to tug from,” the 59-year-old instructed The Post by way of Zoom on Friday. “Because they’re all wonderful, sleek, good, passionate, devoted girls.”
Her first encounter with the president’s different half got here after getting topped Miss America in 1983 —when she attended the state dinner on the White House and met President Ronald Reagan and his spouse, Nancy.
In the play, which has been nominated for three Tony Awards, audiences by no means see the president, however be taught a salacious truth about him —that he obtained a younger girl, performed by Julianne Hough, pregnant.
The actress and “Save the Best for Last” singer —who invited her Chappaqua neighbor Hillary Clinton to see the present —shrugged off any trace of irony.
“But what … there’s been numerous scandals, John F. Kennedy, I imply, there’s been scandal throughout the board,” she stated.
One of the newest scandals to rock the Great White Way is the leak of a mobile phone video and pictures of a nude Jessie Williams in “Take Me Out.” The mother of 4 and first-time grandmother says that’s par for the course and “a part of the danger of doing a present the place you’re full frontal and full rear.”
The former pageant queen understands the dangers firsthand, having had bare photographs of herself emerge after successful Miss America, which led her to in the end resign.
In truth, she first obtained the information that her “Penthouse” photographs went public with out her permission from a New York Post reporter throughout an interview in 1984 —which was additionally a few girl within the White House.
“Geraldine Ferraro was operating because the ticket for feminine vice chairman … It was July thirteenth, Friday the thirteenth, once I had the interview … At the very finish, he stated, ‘Oh, by the way in which, we heard from a dependable supply. And I used to be like, ‘I don’t know what you’re speaking about.’”
Williams —who received Miss America whereas she was nonetheless a pupil at Syracuse University —stated she didn’t expertise the identical pressures as different magnificence rivals had.
This was as a result of the Bronx native, who grew up in Millwood, was awarded the title after taking part in solely a handful of contests, together with Miss New York, a title she was awarded only a few months previous to Miss America.
She met Miss Universe winner Chelsie Kryst, who dedicated suicide in January by leaping off her Midtown constructing, when the Extra correspondent interviewed her nearly in 2020.
“I did one interview together with her throughout the pandemic,” she stated. “But I had no thought. She didn’t seem like she had any psychological points that she was coping with in any respect. So I don’t know what was occurring in her life, however to take your life in that method, it’s a really sturdy declaration of desirous to be seen and heard.”
For her character, Margaret, who Williams calls a “badass,” the actress does her personal make-up. And as for equipment, she took inspiration from real-life White House girls.
“The triple strand of pearls is certainly very Barbara Bush,” she stated. “The headband that I put on in Act II, Hillary went by her headband section. The jumpsuit, I feel Michelle Obama might be the one First Lady that’s ever accomplished a jumpsuit.”
And talking about signature equipment, Williams nonetheless has her Miss America crown in a field at dwelling. “I resigned, nobody got here to my home to dethrone me,” she stated, laughing.
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