Paulini is ready to live out a childhood dream, playing Whitney Houston's role of Rachel Marron in the stage production of The Bodyguard.
Paulini is ready to live out a childhood dream, playing Whitney Houston's role of Rachel Marron in the stage production of The Bodyguard.

Paulini ready to channel Whitney Houston for musical

AUSTRALIAN singer Paulini laughs as she remembers using her brush as a microphone, wrapping a T-shirt around her hair to make it look "long and flowy” like Whitney Houston, and dancing around in front of the mirror singing her idol's songs.

Fast-forward a few years and Paulini is living her childhood dream - the hair brush replaced by a real microphone, the T-shirt replaced by glam costuming and make-up, and the mirror morphing into audiences paying to see her perform Whitney's role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard musical.

It's the first theatrical role for Paulini, whom we met on the first season of Australian Idol in 2003.

Since then, she has been releasing albums, performing across the world and writing songs for international artists.

But how does she feel about starring in a musical?

"I'm nervous about it but I feel like I can connect to it,” Paulini said.

"It's the perfect part and I love her songs and love her as an inspiration.”

The musical is based on 1992 hit film The Bodyguard which tells the story of superstar singer and actress Rachel Marron (Houston) being threatened by a stalker.

Former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) is called in to protect Marron and after a bit of a power struggle about who's in charge, the pair fall in love.

Costner's bodyguard role is still up for grabs in the production and Paulini is just as passionate about that part as she is hers.

"I wouldn't mind if Hugh Jackman or Chris Hemsworth played the part,” she said, laughing.

"I'm hoping it's someone quite attractive.”

Paulini said she still remembered turning on the news on February 11, 2012, and hearing Whitney had died.

"For me, it's like losing someone who you love, who's inspired you your whole life,” she said.

"It's a massive loss and I don't think there's ever been another singer with her tone.

"I guess I'll have to channel Whitney.”


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