Reporting Shannon Carlin
Carrie Underwood’s role in the upcoming made-for-TV version of The Sound of Music will not be a knock-off of Julie Andrews’ in the 1965 film.
The country singer told People that Andrews is like royalty and there is no way she’s trying to compete with her iconic take on Maria von Trapp. “It would be like you’re beneath her,” Underwood said.
Adding, “I think once people tune in and realize that [our version] is not a remake, they won’t compare it to the movie.”
Underwood’s version, set to air later this year on NBC, is based on the original Broadway show and will feature her singing live. The live performance will certainly be challenging for Underwood, who previously appeared on a 2010 episode of How I Met Your Mother and played a church leader in the 2011 movie, Soul Surfer, but she says she’s up for it.
“It’s a giant challenge, which I appreciate,” she said. “Everybody keeps saying, ‘People don’t do this anymore, singing live!’”
Though, Underwood is keeping busy with work, she admitted to the mag that she would put her career on hold if that’s what her husband of two years, NHL star Mike Fisher, wanted.
“If Mike ever told me he needed me to quit, I’d quit,” she said. “When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you’ve got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work.”
“Carrie [Underwood] recently said that she loves her husband so much that if he ever asked her to give up her career for him that she would do it for him,” Shelton said. “Do you think that you could ever show that kind of love and commitment if your partner asked you to quit?”
Only to have Bryant answer, “I totally could. Yeah, man, I could.”
“Good,” Shelton retorted. “Then I’m asking you to quit.”
Underwood is currently touring the country on her sold-out Blown Away Tour until May 23, before embarking on a few festival dates.