Was everyone excited for Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ release? If so be prepared to be even more excited about what’s coming up! We have an exclusive interview with Charlotte Kavanagh, who portrays Rosemary in the show! We can’t wait to talk to Charlotte about her role as Rosemary, her thoughts and experience with the show and cast members, and more. The show was released recently, but for those who haven’t watched the show yet, this article will avoid extensive spoilers for those who haven’t. However, there will be mentions of some spoilers about its predecessor, Grease. We highly recommend watching Grease: Rise of The Pink Ladies to fully experience this interview. And now, onto this interview and its refresher.
We have already explained the origins of Grease in length in another interview, but here’s a refresher for those who didn’t read it. For those who remember their childhood from the ’90s, you’ll remember a familiar rom-com musical that starred several actors and actresses whom you’ll remember to this day, such as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. In due time, this 1978 musical would then be one of the most highly acclaimed musicals of all time from a critical and commercial view.
This doesn’t even take into account its soundtrack! Not only did the soundtrack win several nominations and awards, but Grease was also so highly acclaimed as a musical. It was sent to the National Film Registry to be preserved, because of its high impact on U.S. History.
Moving onto the inspiration behind the film Grease, this was described in great length in a different article. Grease was originally an actual musical, eventually releasing several productions starting from the 1970s, eventually reaching up to 2022. Compared to its film counterpart, the original is a bit more aggressive. It refuses to shy away from more sensitive and mature topics, such as teenage gangs, sexual exploration, and more. The original musical also served as a means of subverting cinema tropes in the 1950s, where the female and male lead characters’ dynamics switched.
Moving on from that, we finally move onto the main topic of this interview: Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. This show is a direct prequel to the film, starring four, misfit students banding together to change Rydell High. The students form a certain group. They eventually become the founding mothers of the first clique in high school, known as the “Pink Ladies”. The show will have actors and actresses that you’ll no doubt recognize, such as Marisa Davila, Tricia Fukuhara, Johnathan Nieves, Madison Thompson, our very interviewee Charlotte, and more.
Be sure to check out the rest of Grease’s origins, and our interview with Nicholas McDonough here: https://youngentertainmentmag.com/yem-exclusive-interview-with-nicholas-mcdonough-from-grease-rise-of-the-pink-ladies/.
Here’s a refresher on Charlotte Kavanagh! From a young age, Charlotte held a deep connection to the performing arts and trained to become a professional dancer. Upon graduating, she trained in the Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program and eventually was scouted for her abilities. Charlotte was in many dance credits, ranging from Descendants 2 to Riverdale. She has and worked with world-class choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Heather Laura Gray, and more. As an actress, she debuted in Once Upon A Time. You might also recognize her in other shows, such as Judy in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a dancer in Riverdale, Chloe from The Right One, and Stacey from Surface.
We ask Charlotte about her current appearance in the video, and if it was inspired by the show, Grease: Rise of The Pink Ladies. Charlotte admits to this, mentioning how her wardrobe had changed. She stated that she wears a lot of red colors now, and briefly mentioned how her hair has flipped up now. She finished off by saying that she’s obsessed with her newest look. Upon being asked if she was ever interested in the 1950s style before her time in the series, she mentioned that she held a small interest in them before. Charlotte recounts the time when she was a teenager. She expresses how interested she was in an iconic figure you might recognize in American history, Marilyn Monroe. Charlotte mentions that the show certainly re-sparked her interest in the 1950s again.
We also ask about her introduction to Grease, and when it happened. Charlotte tells the time when she was younger when she first watched it and mentions that she became obsessed with the film. If you wish to hear her response, be sure to check the video below!
Thank you, Charlotte, for spending some time with us! You can follow her on her Instagram at @itischarlottekavanagh. Please also watch the interview below, where we ask Charlotte even more questions. We ask about her time in the show, her character Rosemary, and a few other things! While you’re there, be sure to like, comment, and subscribe to our channel for the latest news in young entertainment!