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Katharine McPhee on the holidays—and hair
by Jerry Nunn

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Katharine McPhee nearly won the fifth season of American Idol and has proved she is not just a runner-up, with huge record sales over the years. McPhee had lunch Nunn on One to get in the holiday spirit at Macy's in the Walnut room.

Windy City Times: Hi, Katharine. How did you audition for American Idol?

Katharine McPhee: Oh, that was long time ago—five years now. I was working as an actress in L.A. My friend suggested it and I went down to San Francisco and auditioned.

WCT: The rest is history now. You are still doing a lot of acting, correct?

Katharine McPhee: I am.

WCT: You have a Jane Fonda movie coming out, right?

Katharine McPhee: I have a cameo in that one and it's called "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding." How did you know about that?

WCT: I have my sources…

Katharine McPhee: You are a good investigator. I just wrapped a movie called Shark Night: 3-D. I filmed it in Louisiana and got home to L.A. a week ago yesterday.

WCT: So it's in 3-D!

Katharine McPhee: Yes, I know. It will be interesting to see myself in 3-D. I haven't even seen a movie in 3-D; that's how anti 3-D I have been.

WCT: Oh, you didn't see Avatar?

Katharine McPhee: I didn't see it. I was like, "What's this stupid 3-D crap?"

WCT: [Laughs] And now you are in one!

Katharine McPhee: Yes, now I am in one.

WCT: I wanted to tell you that I wrote a travel story down in Shreveport, La.

Katharine McPhee: You did?

WCT: Yes, I went during a festival.

Katharine McPhee: There are some good restaurants down there. It was a good place to shoot, to be honest.

WCT: It's a homey little town.

Katharine McPhee: It has character.

WCT: How do you celebrate the holidays?

Katharine McPhee: Gosh, this year is particularly different because I don't think I have ever been working this much during the holiday season. I usually spend it with family. I never have had extravagant trips or anything like that.

WCT: Where does your family live?

Katharine McPhee: My parents live in Los Angeles; that's where I was born. My sister lives in New York. We are usually split up. My in-laws are in San Francisco, so I am usually up there.

WCT: Why did you decide to do a Christmas album?

Katharine McPhee: My label asked me to do one so that's what inspired me. It was requested from them and I gladly accepted to do it. I started working on it in June of this summer.

WCT: That's quick.

Katharine McPhee: Yes, exactly.

WCT: Did you get to choose what songs to include?

Katharine McPhee: Yeah, I picked all the songs. I started off with a list like you have there with my chicken scratch. I was listening to Christmas records to listen to the different songs. There are so many songs that I tried out, process of elimination. That was how I chose them from a list on a piece of paper.

WCT: You have a track, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," on the album. I really like that song.

Katharine McPhee: Thank you. For New Year's Eve I am usually pretty lame, unless I get specifically invited to an event or party. Maybe we will go out to dinner but I would love to be in Vegas or something. I am always looking for an excuse to be at a big party.

WCT: Totally. So no more blonde hair—are you keeping the brown?

Katharine McPhee: Yeah, it's a lot easier, although I have a few tricks up my sleeve as far as hair color—well, not tricks, but I have ideas. I am always wanting to change my hair; it's fun. I grew up with my mom and sister in the house and they were always about keeping your long brown hair but it gets kind of boring after a while. You have to change it up. I definitely want it to grow, it's taking forever!

WCT: What are your plans for next year?

Katharine McPhee: I am supposed to do an ABC family movie that was supposed to shoot until Christmas but thankfully that got pushed back to spring. So that will give me a little more time through the holidays. I will probably start the writing process for the next record and hopefully more acting projects.

WCT: Great, have a wonderful holiday!!!

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