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Katharine McPhee, 'Smash'

Where you've seen her: "American Idol," "House Bunny" Character on the show: McPhee plays Karen, an aspiring Broadway star competing for the role of Marilyn Monroe in a new musical. Character similarities: Singing her heart out is nothing new to this "Idol" runner-up and now she'll have the chance to combine her vocal talent with her acting craft. Something we haven't seen her do much of so far. RELATED: Video: Watch a sneak preview of Steven Spielberg's 'Smash' Charles Sykes / Associated Press
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