Catherine Ricafort on Her Olsen Twins History & Getting ‘Friki-Friki’ in Vegas

first_img “My degree is in Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. It’s in the special skills section of my musical theater resume.” “When I was in the womb, my mom only listened to Broadway CDs. I would play The Secret Garden and Once Upon a Mattress every night as a kid. I’ve basically been a musical theater nerd since birth.” View Comments Age: “In my 20s” Current Role: Mahi, a Hawaiian seductress with a trick up her sleeve and a hilarious song, memorably entitled “Friki-Friki,” in the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas. “Mahi is such a surprise. She’s like a play on [South Pacific characters] Bloody Mary and Liat combined into one, but with a lot of humor. She looks like the epitome of an island girl with her pink bikini and hip-shaking hula movements, but then it all comes crashing down.” “I did the Mary Kate & Ashley Fashion Show when I was 12. We did a choreographed pillow fight and a beach segment with swimwear and had a skater punk band on stage.” Stage & Screen Cred: Ricafort appeared on TV’s The Sing-Off, played Connie in A Chrous Line on tour and appeared in the ensembles of Broadway’s Mamma Mia! and Cinderella. “I would crash Equity auditions when I first came here. I was just so excited to be here. I was like the Star to Be Annie—I would freak out if I saw a Broadway star chilling in the hallway while I was waiting.” “I’m learning how to cook. I would try to make rice—which is the food of my people [in the Phillippines]—and burn it. It was so embarrassing. Now I’m obsessed with Blue Apron. I feel like an adult.” Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CAlast_img

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