The King and I star and six-time Tony Award nominee also sat down with executive editor Suzy Evans to talk about her personal style, what she loves about awards season, and playing more grown-up roles on stage.
O'Hara admits she's "not very specific with her fashion," but she does recognize her style choices often tend to be influenced by the character she's playing at the moment. When she was doing Light in the Piazza, she gravitated toward sundresses, and during Nice Work, she wore combat boots, skinny jeans, a vest, and a newsboy-type cap in her daily life. While she's not wearing a hoop skirt offstage now, she does admit she's dressing more maturely and wearing dresses more often while playing Anna.
"You don't even realize how much it's influencing your life," she says. "Some people walk away with the emotion of the show, and maybe I walk away with the fashion."
One of O'Hara's favorite costumes she got to wear was in The Pajama Game. "Martin Pakledinaz, who's no longer with us unfortunately, knew about a woman's body in a way that I can't explain," she says. "He'd put me in a plaid shirt and a pencil skirt, but I never felt better in my life. There was just something about the line. It was so fierce, and I felt sexy and strong. I'll never forget how great he made me feel."