‘I’ve 26 Costume Changes Every Night’: Pixie Lott’s New Acting Role Sounds Crazy Intense

Catch Pixie as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany's, which opens at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on June 13th.

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Three pop albums, a successful turn on Strictly Come Dancing, and now a new stage role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s? Yup, it’s fair to say Pixie Lott is definitely a triple threat.

Stellar.ie spoke to the star recently in the middle of a six-week break from her UK theatre tour, as she preps for her opening night at Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on June 13th.

“We’ve been doing two shows a day for the last while, so it’s great to have some time off,” she says.

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As for pre-show nerves, Pixie says she’s well over those. “I know the script so well by now that the lines just flow… but I’ll definitely be brushing up on things before we open in Dublin after the break!”

While this is the 25-year-old’s first “straight-up play,” she’s no stranger to treading the boards.

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Prior to being discovered by L.A. Reid aged just 15 and subsequently being the subject of a bidding war between two record labels, the Londoner trained in musical theatre at the Italia Conti Academy.

Her first big role was in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but the star hasn’t had to grapple with many dialogue-heavy acting roles until now.

“I’ve never had to learn so many lines at once. It’s so different to learning lyrics,” she admits.

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“This is all new for me, but when the audition came up, I just thought, ‘Let’s do this, let’s go for it.'”

One thing Pixie is well-versed in is the high-intensity nature of a live show –  she’s toured with Rihanna and The Saturdays among others, and has done the music festival circuit countless times.

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“I have 26 costume changes every night during Breakfast At Tiffany’s,” she reveals, adding that a “quick change” could take just 30 or 40 seconds.

“I’ll wear a nude bodysuit underneath and have a few people helping dress me head-to-toe into different looks – shoes, jewellery, the lot.”

Does it stress her out having such a tight schedule while on stage? Not a bit.

“At this stage I’m used to it. I’m there to do my job, just like everyone else. I try not to let outside stress interfere with what’s happening in the moment.”

Catch Pixie in Breakfast At Tiffany’s at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from June 13th to 18th. Tickets from €17.50 – €45 are on sale now.