I chatted with Vanessa Carlton to talk about prepping for a starring role in a Broadway musical. This is Carlton's first time performing on stage in this capacity. Vanessa will be performing as legendary Carole King in the musical biopic Beautiful.

Carlton told us that she was inspired by her daughter to take on the role. "That kid has to learn something new every single day. She is out of her comfort zone all the time," Vanessa explained, "If she can get there her days with such grace, I can jump into the deep end of the pool and just go for it."

Being a song-writer helped in preparing for the role. Vanessa found many pivotal moments in King's life and in the musical that she could directly relate to and had similar experiences throughout her life.

Carlton will be starring in Beautiful from June 27th to September 1st, 8 performances a week.

Listen to the full interview here: