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

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.

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  1. cody says:

    noooooooo……..not Jennifer Hudson!!!

  2. Anon says:

    I’m really looking forward to this season of Smash! I dropped Glee after this season, so I’m looking forward to this.

  3. michelle says:

    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.

  4. Jane says:

    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?

  5. Philip says:

    Was this actress ever on TBN’S Colby’s Clubhouse??

  6. Margaret says:

    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!

  7. Erin says:

    “Spunky and fun”? Ugh. That’s the worst possible character description, after “quirky”.

    • j says:

      LOL, welcome to the world of Josh Safran. Be prepared to hear the words “fun,” “delicious,” and “organic” all the time.

  8. Taylah says:

    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.

  9. gina says:

    seriously? you are adding jennifer hudson? NOOOO and taking away Dev, Frank, and michael swift? PLEASE don’t ruin the second season!!!! PLEASE!!!!

  10. Yay for getting rid of Dev, Ellis, and Swifty. If only they could get rid of Karen, too.

  11. Mac says:

    Nooooo Not Jennifer Hudson!!!!

  12. Muttsy Jones says:

    So long, Ellis.

  13. jonny says:

    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.

  14. M. Jones says:

    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

  15. Susan Ferguson says: