HuffPost Celebrity Collector: Laura Bell Bundy

Laura Bell Bundy isn’t just another pretty face. She made her acting debut at Radio City Music Halls “Christmas Spectacular” at a the age of 9. Something about the excitement of being on stage so young left her wanting more. The theater was to become her calling. If you’ve spent time on Broadway, you might have seen her inWicked, Hairspray or Legally Blonde.

Once conquering the stage, she began the next phase of her career acting in a variety of television series. She landed gigs on popular shows such as Veronica Mars, Home Improvement, and How I Met Your Mother.

Next stop, knocking on the door at Universal Records. They answered… and her 2010 break out hit, Giddy On Up made it all the way to #31 on Billboards Hot Country Charts.

She’s a self-proclaimed HOT MESS and I became a fan when I heard her proclaim “The motivation is not to be famous, it’s to have fun until I drop dead.” I think I’ll make that my new motto.

Is there anything she can’t do?

 

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LBB Chats with Origin Magazine

Laura Bell Bundy: Born into Music

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Robert Piper: What inspires you in life?

Laura Bell Bundy: I’m inspired by having fun; I’m inspired by people. Different personalities inspire me as an actor. Especially quirky personalities, maybe people I wouldn’t normally get along with or be friends with—I find them inspiring for my work. I find sad emotions to be inspiring and stories of great people that kind of overcame odds. I’ve always sort of felt a little bit like I was on the road less traveled, so if I come across a story about a person who broke the rules, or did things differently and succeeded, that’s really inspiring to me.

RP: How has music impacted your life?

LBB: Well, my mother has always had music on, whether it was on a record player, eight-track, cassette tape—you name it. She loved music, and my grandfather was a radio DJ; that was how he started his career. And so he was a big lover of music, and he was also a singer, and my aunt, my mom’s sister, was also a singer. So we had music in the family, you know? We just had musical ability. I think Mom just assumed that, as a young kid, I was going to have the same musical ability. So she encouraged me to sing. And I believe that if you sounded exactly like the record you heard, that meant you were doing it right, so I became really good at impersonating and mimicking. That’s kind of how I started to sing, which is interesting, because I give that advice to young people now if they’re wanting to sing. Try to sing exactly like an artist you hear, and then all of the sudden, you’ll feel what it feels like if you’re singing properly, depending on who you’re mimicking.

As I got older, my tastes changed. I’m definitely inspired by music; I feel like I can express a part of myself, a part of my heart and my soul, that I can’t express just acting by writing music or singing music. It takes the emotions to another level. I feel really connected to something else, you know. I feel connected to a higher power when I’m making music or performing. There’s a spiritual experience for me.

Laura Bell Bundy is an actress and musician. She currently stars in the hit FX show Anger Management opposite Charlie Sheen and also has a recurring role in the Hart of Dixie on The CW. Her new album, Another Piece of Me, from Big Machine Records slated for release in early 2015.

PHOTO: JEREMY COWART / BIG MACHINE RECORDS.

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