On Monday, July 21, Bailey Hanks, a 20-year-old singer, dancer, and former beauty queen from Anderson, South Carolina, was named as the new Elle Woods in the Broadway musical Legally Blonde on the final episode of MTVs Legally Blonde: The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods. But Hanks had actually found out she had gotten the part three months earlier and has spent the last few weeks preparing for her Broadway debut on Wednesday, July 23. TheaterMania recently sat down with the exuberant Hanks at world-famous Sardi's restaurant for a wide-ranging conversation that included everything from keeping that secret to getting rid of her Southern accent, advice from original Elle, Laura Bell Bundy, working with co-stars Christian Borle and Richard H. Blake, and her favorite costumes, colors, and Broadway shows.