“I saw a woman recently on the street in New York, and she looked a lot like Doralee, with a teeny-tiny body and a chest that was enormous,” Hilty says. “She was almost ashamed because men were cat-calling at her, and walked with her head down. For a long time, I just ignored it. But lately, playing Doralee, I don’t anymore.”
Hilty, who walks her dog every day, says men will often blow kisses or make barking noises at her as she passes. She now stops and asks the men why they think it’s OK to do that, embarrassing them into silence or apologies.
“Today, with texting and e-mails, people feel they don’t need to be held accountable for their actions or what they say,” Hilty says. “I’m not letting people get away with that anymore. I don’t appreciate people who don’t show you respect.”
I spent four years of my life with Wicked, and Glinda. I went through every possible thing you could go through in life while I was doing that show, so it meant a lot to me in so many different ways. I actually grew up in that show —Megan Hilty