Last night's Smash finale had viewers on the edge of their seats waiting to see who would finally be crowned Marilyn. Don't worry if it's still on your DVR, we're not giving any spoilers! While we were anxious to see how the performance would play out, Katharine McPhee is already focusing on her next performance in the Big Apple with her partnership with Tide to kick off the Olympic Games. We caught up with the star to hear about the campaign and snag a few fitness tips of hers.
Tell us about the partnership you're doing with Tide for the Olympics!
To gear up for the Games, Tide is launching a project called My Story. Our Flag. We are asking people to go to the Tide Facebook page to share their personal stories of what the flag means to them. On July 3 I'll be performing in Bryant Park to unveil a huge artistic rendition of the American flag. The stories that people have shared will be printed on swatches of fabric that will be sewn together to make the flag.
Like the Olympic hopefuls, the road to landing your dream career came with a lot of hard work. What's one piece of advice you would tell someone with huge goals to help them stay motivated?
I have always loved the Olympics, and I was actually a competitive swimmer in middle school and high school. I remember how grueling the training was then, which is nothing compared to how these athletes train. Being an actress and a singer I understand how important it is to take care of your body. My advice would be to practice persistence and lots of discipline, much like these athletes do.
Your role in Smash keeps you very active. What's your typical workout like?
Shooting Smash is definitely a workout in itself! I try to find the time in between shooting to get to the gym but with a schedule that is always changing I don't go as much as I would like. My workouts usually consist of lifting weights along with intervals of jumping rope to keep my heart rate up.
Do you have a go-to, do-anywhere move you like to do for exercise when you are traveling?
My quick workout on the road is some deep lunges and push-ups. I can do them right in my hotel room and be done with it!
How do you motivate yourself to workout when you just don't feel like it?
I just open a Victoria's Secret catalog. That typically gets me off the couch!
What's on your workout playlist lately?
I am obsessed with Bruno Mars right now...everything Bruno!