Known for her girl-next-door looks and powerful singing voice, this American Idol runner-up is back on TV appearing in NBC's new musical/comedy Smash. Here are five things you may not know about Katharine McPhee.
1. Born March 25, 1984 in Los Angeles, her father is a TV producer and her mother a voice coach.
2. Grew up in the same neighborhood as her House Bunny co-star Anna Faris, but the two never met until filming began.
3. Loves classical music and opera and has performed and recorded with famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
4. When asked once whether she watches the show that made her famous, the American Idol alum told InStyle magazine, "I'd rather watch the Lakers."
5. Founded the charity McPhee Outreach, which teams up with other organizations on projects such as improving education in Africa and combating malaria.
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