By Mike Larkin
Updated: 02:33 EDT, 7 February 2012>
Katharine McPhee obviously wants to be nice and clean for the première of her much-touted TV show Smash tonight.
For the glamorous American Idol runner-up is pictured showing off her curves in a bath in the latest U.S. edition of GQ.
And the cheeky star has promised that she strips off later in the series of the Steven Spielberg-produced NBC show about the creation of a Marilyn Monroe-themed musical.
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She's going to clean up: Katharine McPhee posed in the tub as she promoted Smash in this month's U.S. GQ
Unfortunately for her legion of male fans, she was only making a tongue-in-cheek remark in an attempt to get more men to tune in.
The 27-year-old joked: 'Okay, how about this: What if I tell your readers that in episode five I take off all my clothes?'
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However she then admitted no such thing happens in the show, which is being touted as a grown-up version of Glee.
But she did offer a more pertinent reason for men to watch the show - to avoid the wrath of their partners.
Showing off: Fans of Katharine get to see a lot more of the actress as her character carries out her quest to star in a big-time musical
One way to land a part: Her character Karen has an interesting method of capturing the attention of Jack Davenport's director
The singer, who stars as ambitious wannabe Karen, said: 'I go see all the guy movies, so now I know I love them. But you have to be open to it.
'I would say to the girlfriends out there, just nail him down, make him watch an episode with you.'
The singer appears alongside Broadway star Megan Hilty, who stars as her rival for the Marilyn Monroe part.
Other famous faces in the cast includes This Life and Pirates of the Caribbean star Jack Davenport, Will and Grace favourite Debra Messing and Addams Family actress Anjelica Houston.
Nice interior design: Jack's character Derek no doubt impressed Karen with his tasteful décor
Lovely dancing: Karen seems to impress Derek with her moves but people will have to tune in to find out if they go further
But despite having to be approved by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, she claims she was not sweating over the audition process.
It was actually one of the more simple auditions I've been through.
'I auditioned, put myself on tape, flew to New York the next week, was testing for it.
'I waited two days for Mr. Spielberg to watch the tape and I got the part.'
Love triangle? Karen is already living with an English beefcake boyfriend played by Raza Jaffrey
A message from Derek? He may soon become concerned about her relationship with the smarmy director
And she said the legendary Amblin' director was surprisingly friendly when she finally got to meet him.
She said: 'Mr. Spielberg, when you meet him, he is not intimidating at all. He's the most lovely, wonderful, gentle man.'
And she is confident people will fall in love with her aspirational character Karen, who dreams of being a star.
She said: 'My character is the biggest dreamer of them all, she dreams big.
Hard taskmaster: Derek seems to push Karen and the cast hard as they try to bring his choreography to life
Old smoothie: And he also seems keen to pass on his wisdom to Karen's rival for the Marilyn role
Houston we have a problem: Anjelica's producer character has to overcome financial troubles as she battles to have the show made
'Our show is about dreaming big. She has a big heart, she has a lot of drive.
'She's very determined about what she wants in her career, what she wants out of it, how she's going to go about doing it, and keeping a real strong moral code.
'I think she is a little green when you first meet her. She's not quite sure how things go and how things are worked in the business, [and] she learns a lot throughout the course of the first season.'
To see more of the GQ feature on Katharine click here
Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2097499/Smash-star-Katharine-McPhee-shows-curves-GQ-musical-TV-series-begins.html