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Nikki Blonsky Says Amanda Bynes Friendship on Hairspray Was ‘So Real’: I Want to ‘Give Her a Big Hug

Nikki Blonsky Says Amanda Bynes Friendship on Hairspray Was 'So Real': I Want to 'Give Her a Big Hug'

Nikki Blonsky is looking back with fondness at herso realfriendship with Amanda Bynes.

We were always bouncing around set, dancing and singing and having a good time,” the 33-year-old actress tells PEOPLE for the 15th anniversary NS Hairspray, in which Bynes, 지금 36, played Penny Pingleton, the best friend of Blonsky’s protagonist Tracy Turnblad.

So definitely what you saw on screen was so real — that friendship was so real,” 그녀는 덧붙인다.

Blonsky says she was a huge fan of Bynes even before they starred in Hairspray 함께, from her roles in All That 그리고 The Amanda Show.

I was obsessed,” 그녀는 말한다. “So to work with somebody whose humor was equivalent to a young 루실 볼 — I mean, just a brilliant actress. And I’m just so thankful that I had such a great experience and that we got to play such best friends.

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HAIRSPRAY, Elijah Kelley (front left), Zac Efron (센터, 왼쪽, rear), Amanda Bynes (rear right center), Nikki Blonsky (front right), 2007.

HAIRSPRAY, Elijah Kelley (front left), Zac Efron (센터, 왼쪽, rear), Amanda Bynes (rear right center), Nikki Blonsky (front right), 2007.
Hairspray (2007)
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Blonsky tells PEOPLE that she and Byneskept in touch for a while,” and that she will “언제나” 가지다 “사랑” for her former costar.

I always wish her nothing but the best,” 그녀는 덧붙인다. “I hope I get to give her a big hug someday because I have always loved Amanda hugs. They’re great. They’re the best.

A film adaptation of the 2002 브로드웨이 musical of the same name (itself based on John Waters‘ 1988 movie starring Ricki Lake), Hairspray follows plucky teen Tracy Turnblad as she chases big-star dreams while fighting for racial equality amid the turbulent civil landscape of 1960s Baltimore.

Featuring a cast of recognizable faces like Bynes, 제임스 마스던, Michelle Pfeiffer, 퀸 라티파, Christopher Walken, Zac Efron, Allison Janney - 그리고, 물론이야, 존 트라볼타 in drag as Edna Turnblad — the film also familiarized the world with newer talent, 포함 Elijah Kelley, Brittany Snow and Blonsky in the lead role.

Blonsky tells PEOPLE she still has a close relationship with onscreen mom Travolta, 68, and has reconnected with several other Hairspray cast members over the years, including Snow, 36, “a couple summers ago at the Nantucket Film Festival.She reveals, “We both just screamed because we were so happy to see each other and I love her.

Hairspray 15th anniversary

Hairspray 15th anniversary
John Travolta and Nikki Blonksy in Hairspray (2007)
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And I had spoken to Elijah a couple of times and he is just always one of my favorite people that I’ve ever worked with,” Blonsky says. “He’s so fun, and nobody has a sense of humor like that guy. He is the prankster of all pranksters. So I love him as well.

감독 Adam Shankman still keeps in touch with many of the actors as well. 그는 사람들에게 말한다., “I was just with Marsden doing Disenchanted [the upcoming sequel to 2007’s Enchanted, which Shankman, 57, is directing], so that was that. I just got a text from Latifah. I talked with John Travolta recently. 미셸, I’m having dinner with soon. Brittany Snow, I just talked to. 니키, I’ve been in touch with. I haven’t talked to Amanda. Zac, I talked to about a year ago when he was in Australia. I had an exchange with Elijah recentlyhe had just gotten a job that I was super proud of him [~을위한].”

So we just get in touch with each other, give each other virtual love. Some of us see each other, but truly, if you look at everybody’s lives, we’re super busy,” Shankman adds. “Everybody’s booked and blessed. I’m super happy for everybody.

Hairspray is available to own on Blu-ray 그리고 digital now.