Smash Scoop: Meet Karen's Spunky New [Spoiler]

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Musical theater vet Krysta Rodriguez has landed Smash‘s third and final new series regular role, TVLine has confirmed.

The actress, who played Wednesday Addams in the Broadway musical The Addams Family, is joining the NBC drama as Ana, Karen’s fun and spunky new roommate who is looking for her big break on the Great White Way.

Rodriguez’s TV credits include guest-starring on Gossip Girl as a quickie crush interest for Nate (see video, below).

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Smash Season 2 — which will also be adding Oscar winner Jennifer HudsonNewsies‘ Tony-nominated Jeremy Jordan, and up-and-comer Andy Mientus, while subtracting Ellis, Dev, Julia’s hubby Frank and Michael Swift (and ditching Julia’s scarves) — is set to premiere at midseason.

Comments (21)

  • noooooooo……..not Jennifer Hudson!!!

    Comment by cody – July 6, 2012 03:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Welcome to like 2-week old news?

      Comment by Danyelle – July 6, 2012 03:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cody, my thoughts exactly.

      Comment by Mika Goode – July 9, 2012 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m really looking forward to this season of Smash! I dropped Glee after this season, so I’m looking forward to this.

    Comment by Anon – July 6, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Welp. I guess ill have to watch Smash again. My loyalty in supporting Spring Awakening alums in other projects runs deep. Can’t wait to see her be flawless on this show.

    Comment by michelle – July 6, 2012 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Krysta is insanely talented! This is fantastic news…bring on the Broadway folks to TV!

      Comment by Chris – July 6, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How is this the final series regular role? Didn’t this site report that one of the regular roles was that of an African-American chorus girl with a big voice names Courtney?

    Comment by Jane – July 6, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Where have you been? they reported about 2 weeks ago that Jennifer Hudson was joining the cast…

      Comment by Spencer – July 7, 2012 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Was this actress ever on TBN’S Colby’s Clubhouse??

    Comment by Philip – July 6, 2012 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this makes me so happy!! I hope we see her hanging out with Bobby (Wesley Taylor) bc she & Wesley are Lucas & Wednesday from the original cast of the Addams family & they are HILARIOUS together!

    Comment by Margaret – July 6, 2012 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “Spunky and fun”? Ugh. That’s the worst possible character description, after “quirky”.

    Comment by Erin – July 6, 2012 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL, welcome to the world of Josh Safran. Be prepared to hear the words “fun,” “delicious,” and “organic” all the time.

      Comment by j – July 9, 2012 05:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! Give Karen more friends because she doesn’t have enough people who love her and praise her yet! *sigh* It looks like nothing will change next season.

    Comment by Taylah – July 8, 2012 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • seriously? you are adding jennifer hudson? NOOOO and taking away Dev, Frank, and michael swift? PLEASE don’t ruin the second season!!!! PLEASE!!!!

    Comment by gina – July 9, 2012 06:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay for getting rid of Dev, Ellis, and Swifty. If only they could get rid of Karen, too.

    Comment by Jill Sampieri – July 9, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooo Not Jennifer Hudson!!!!

    Comment by Mac – July 9, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Why don’t you love Jennifer Hudson, do you lack ears to hear?????

      Comment by James – October 28, 2012 06:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So long, Ellis.

    Comment by Muttsy Jones – July 9, 2012 10:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love this show but am not a Jennifer Hudson fan. She has a great voice, but the way she uses it is grating on the nerves. Hopefully, she will fall by the wayside as some of the others have. Good riddance to Ellis and Michael Swift.

    Comment by jonny – July 9, 2012 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • do we need another diva on this show? personally I think the cast was perfect, maybe with the exception of Frank. please don’t screw it up! MMJ

    Comment by M. Jones – August 22, 2012 10:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    Comment by Susan Ferguson – October 27, 2012 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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