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Hairspray's Ephraim Sykes Says 'Hamilton' Changed His Life

Hairspray's Ephraim Sykes Says 'Hamilton' Changed His Life

Nobody could have predicted the cultural phenomenon that Hamilton has become — not even the stars of the original installment themselves.

If you ask any of the cast members, they’ll surely tell you that show has forever impacted their lives. That is definitely the case for Hairspray Live! star Ephraim Sykes, who was a part of the hit ensemble cast.

“It’s changed my life because I get a million requests everyday for tickets,” he joked with JustJared.com. “It’s insane!”

The 31-year-old actor, who is set to play who plays Seaweed J. Stubbs in Hairspray Live!, told us that people from all walks of his life came out of the woodwork to ask him for free admission to the show.

“I would have people I haven’t spoke to since the fifth grade — haven’t spoken to since the 5th grade and is literally not asking for themselves but asking for a friend or their cousin. Or hey ‘Hey I met you back then. And guess what, congratulations and I love you. But it’s my mom’s birthday so could you?’”

While he would have loved to have helped out everyone in his circle, Ephraim told us that being on the cast taught him to master the ability to say ‘No,’ adding, “I had to learn how to ignore a lot of people. I became good at it.”

The budding Broadway star also explained that he still hasn’t fully processed what a vibrant part of pop culture his latest job has become.

“I feel like I’m going to have to get another five years removed to understand truly the effect that Hamilton has had on the world,” he said.

He added that it’s become so popular that he was only able to get his mother in twice.

“I could not get a ticket for my dang self right now. I’m like sneaking in the back ‘Hand me my costume again. I’m here.’”

Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 @ 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Be sure to stream and download the full soundtrack now!

– Reporting by Nicole Pajer

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More Celebs Speak Out On 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Revelation

More Celebs Speak Out On 'Last Tango in Paris' Rape Revelation

Hollywood continues to speak out in disgust over the news that the 1972 movie Last Tango in Paris featured a non-consensual rape scene.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci admitted that he and actor Marlon Brando conspired the infamous butter rape scene without telling actress Maria Schneider before filming.

Celebs like Jessica Chastain, Anna Kendrick, and Chris Evans have all already spoken out about it.

More stars like Lena Dunham, Bryan Greenberg, Ava DuVernay, Liana Liberato, and others continue to air their disgust over the news, which you can see in tweets below.

Marlon passed away in 2004 and Maria died in 2011, while Bernardo is still alive.

ALSO A MUST-READ: Maria talks about feeling raped by them in a 2007 interview

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Kendall Jenner & A$AP Rocky Continue to Fuel Romance Rumors (Report)

Kendall Jenner & A$AP Rocky Continue to Fuel Romance Rumors (Report)

Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky are at it again!

The 20-year-old Victoria’s Secret model and the 28-year-old rapper were spotted out at a club together in Miami over the weekend, according to E! News.

Kendall and A$AP reportedly left the club together and later hit up a Walgreens for five minutes. Afterwards, the left separately, but were seen arriving at a hotel together at 4:30 am.

Kendall‘s little sis Kylie posted a Snapchat video that night of Kendall dancing on her lap, which you can see below.

The duo has been linked together for months, though neither has confirmed whether or not they are dating or just good friends.

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VIDEO: Carl Faces Off Against Negan on 'The Walking Dead'

VIDEO: Carl Faces Off Against Negan on 'The Walking Dead'

Carl (Chandler Riggs) goes behind enemy lines in this new teaser for tonight’s all-new episode of The Walking Dead.

He comes face-to-face with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) as he steps into The Sanctuary.

Nothing is said, but the tension is palpable as Negan wants to see Carl come over to the dark side.

Carl also takes off his eye patch for the first time!

In case you missed it, tons of fans think that Carl will be killed off the show this season! What do you think?

The Walking Dead airs TONIGHT, December 4 @ 9/8c on AMC. Watch the teaser below!

Sean Penn Emerges After Ex Madonna's Marriage Offer

Sean Penn Emerges After Ex Madonna's Marriage Offer

Is Sean Penn still pondering over Madonna‘s recent confession of love?

The 56-year-old actor was spotted touching down at Reagan National Airport on Saturday (December 3) in Washington D.C.

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The night before, Sean attended a fundraising gala for the African nation of Malawi in Miami, Fla.

It was there that his ex-wife Madonna told him that if he bid $150,000 in the live auction, she would remarry him!

“I’m still in love with you,” she said, before he jumped on stage to play along.

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  • Justin Bieber ditches his shirt at the gym - TMZ
  • Elton John is NOT retiring - Gossip Cop
  • Yara Shahidi started a fun new project - Just Jared Jr
  • Selena Gomez wears pajamas and heels while shopping- Radar
  • Milo Ventimiglia opens up about working with Will Smith - Lainey Gossip
  • Moana hits big at the box offices for the second weekend - The Hollywood Reporter

'Moana' Claims Top Box Office Spot Again With $28.4 Million!

'Moana' Claims Top Box Office Spot Again With $28.4 Million!

Moana continues its box office reign with an additional $28.4 million gross this weekend!

The Disney animated flick – starring the voices of Dwayne Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho – has earned $119.9 million domestically and $177.4 million globally so far, according to THR.

Coming in at No. 2 was the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, and Colin Farrell, making an additional 18.5 million for a domestic total of $183.5 million.

Taking the third spot was Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner‘s new flick Arrival, bringing in $7.3 million in its fourth week, for $73 million to-date.

Rounding out the top five were Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard‘s new film Allied, and Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange, which grossed $7.1 million and $6.5 million, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, opened in five theaters to $275,000, for a $55,000 average.

Casey Affleck‘s Manchester by the Sea expanded to 156 locations and earned $2.36 million.

WHAT DID YOU SEE at the movies this weekend?!

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is On Santa's Nice List This Year

Sarah Michelle Gellar Is On Santa's Nice List This Year

Sarah Michelle Gellar is getting into the holiday spirit!

The 39-year-old actress wore cute antler ears while attending the 2016 Santa’s Secret Workshop benefit at Andaz on Saturday (December 3) in West Hollywood, Calif.

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“Santa Baby, I’ve been an awfully good girl…#ssws16,” Sarah captioned a cute Instagram photo with Santa.

Also in attendance were Camilla Luddington, Christy Carlson Romano, David Walton, Edy Ganem, Haylie Duff, Jurnee Smollett, Sherri Saum, Tiffani Thiessen, Tori Spelling, Tammin Sursok, and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons.

10+ pictures inside of Sarah Michelle Gellar and more at the fundraiser… More Here! »

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