Julianne Hough is set to step into the spike heels and skintight jumpsuit of "Grease's" Sandy when the show goes live on Fox later this month.
We know the two-time "DWTS" mirrorball champ can dance, we know she can sing (remember her 2007 country album?) – so which task makes her more nervous?
"I don't know. I mean, just the whole combination of everything," Julianne told Access Hollywood's Stephanie Bauer during a visit to the "Grease: Live" set. "The fact that we're gonna be doing some really quick changes and going from set to set. We're on like four different stages in the lot."
Julianne will have mere minutes to make a wardrobe change and catch her breath before taking on one of "Grease's" most iconic (and vocally challenging) songs.
"After the dance [scene], basically I have to book it in like, a golf cart, and warm up my voice and then sing 'Hopelessly Devoted,'" she revealed. "So I'm gonna be like, 'Breathe, breathe…'"
The resemblance between Julianne and original big screen Sandy (played by Olivia Newton-John) is uncanny – a comparison the newly engaged star finds flattering.
"That's a huge compliment," Julianne said, of her Olivia resemblance. "I mean, growing up I saw Olivia as Sandy and I'm like, 'I wanna be her so bad!'"
Adding, "And it was the first time I was like, 'Wait, you can sing and dance and act all in one thing? Oh my gosh.'"
Catch Julianne – along with Aaron Tveit as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo, Keke Palmer as Marty, Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy – on "Grease: Live," January 31 at 7 PM on Fox.
-- Erin O'Sullivan