Derek Hough is gearing up for NBC’s Hairspray Live!.
“Grease definitely raised the bar as far as the way it was shot and the way it was done,” a clean-shaven Hough, 31, told ET’s Leanne Aguilera at NBC’s Television Critics Association press day on Tuesday. “And for this musical, it kind of lends itself to that similar style, I suppose.”
In the holiday telecast, Hough will play Corny Collins, the eccentric host of The Corny Collins Show.
“We have a great team, amazing directors, amazing camera operators,” he said, revealing that “they're actually building a studio for us just for this. It's pretty incredible.”
“We were at Universal Studios the other day and it was this frame of a studio -- nothing there yet, so we're going to be christening this brand new place,” Hough added.
On Tuesday, fellow Hairspray Live!
star Ariana Grande
adorably showed her excitement
over being a part of the all-star cast.
“This is such a dream come true for me because at heart, theater is everything to me,” Grande added. “Pop music is so fun, but this is way much more fun. So much more.”
Hairspray Live! also stars newcomer Maddie Baillio, Harvey Fierstein, Jennifer Hudson, Martin Short, Kristin Chenoweth, Dove Cameron and Garrett Clayton, as well as newest additions Rosie O’Donnell and Sean Hayes.