In fact, the actress met director Bill Condon, a friend of Waters, after a recent screening. "And he said, 'I think you have the most John Waters-crazy in your eyes,' " she recalls. "And I was like, 'Thanks, I guess.'
Here's more of what Amanda had to say:
I grew up doing musicals before I was ever on television. I did The Sound of Music and The Music Man, so when I found out they were doing Hairspray I wanted to be Penny because she is a great role with an arc.
Hairspray is a different species because it has a message; [it's] a period piece with an interracial relationship.