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These Stars All Played Link Larkin in 'Hairspray' Over the Years!

These Stars All Played Link Larkin in 'Hairspray' Over the Years!

Lots of famous actors have played the role of Link Larkin in the musical Hairspray Live over the years!

The part was most famously played by Zac Efron in the 2007 film version of the movie and NBC cast Garrett Clayton to take over the role in the live production airing tonight (December 7).

WHO IS GARRETT CLAYTON? Meet NBC’s choice for Link Larkin!

Link is the love interest of Tracy Turnblad, but he starts the show linked to Amber Von Tussle. He gets to sing such songs as “It Takes Two” and “Without Love.”

Make sure to see the full cast list for Hairspray Live!

Click through the slideshow to meet famous guys who played the role…

Who is Shahadi Wright Joseph? Meet Hairspray Live's Little Inez!

Who is Shahadi Wright Joseph? Meet Hairspray Live's Little Inez!

Before Hairspray Live! airs, it’s time to shine the spotlight on Shahadi Wright Joseph!

The talented young actress stars as Little Inez in the production, alongside her on-screen brother Ephraim Sykes, who plays Seaweed.

You may recognize Shahidi from her roles in Broadway’s The Lion King and School of Rock!

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

Click through the slideshow to meet Shahadi Wright Joseph…

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Goes Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hairspray Live!' Hours Before Showtime!

VIDEO: Jennifer Hudson Goes Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hairspray Live!' Hours Before Showtime!

Jennifer Hudson is giving fans a look at the set of Hairspray Live! just hours before showtime!

The 35-year-old singer and actress, who will be playing the role of Motormouth Maybelle, took to her Instagram to share a behind-the-scenes video.

In the short clip, fans can see the on-set hustle and bustle and even get a glimpse of Ariana Grande, who’s not in her costume yet.

“Show day, show day, show day! It’s a lot going on!” Jennifer can be heard saying.

She added in the caption, “This is what it’s like before show time, on show day! #hairspraylive”

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

Check out Jennifer‘s behind-the-scenes video below…

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Hairspray Live's Garrett Clayton Explains Why He's Not Zac Efron

Hairspray Live's Garrett Clayton Explains Why He's Not Zac Efron

Garrett Clayton has been getting compared to Zac Efron for years, long before he landed the role of Link Larkin in Hairspray Live!.

In fact, the 25-year-old actor has previously shot down the idea that they’re anything alike, despite now having played the same character.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Garrett Clayton

“People compare us so much. I think everyone expects me to want to be like him. [Zac] was more of the romantic leading man,” Garrett once told Flaunt magazine. “Whereas I’m kind of like the funny best friend a lot of the time. I just want to be able to be a character actor.”

DO YOU THINK Zac and Garrett have any similarities?

READ MORE: Get To Know Garrett Clayton With These 5 Fun Facts!

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

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Who is Dove Cameron? Meet Hairspray Live's Amber!

Who is Dove Cameron? Meet Hairspray Live's Amber!

Meet Dove Cameron, who stars as Amber Von Tussle in tonight’s live special, Hairspray Live!

The 20-year-old actress rose to fame on Disney Channel’s hit series Liv and Maddie as well as their hugely popular film Descendants.

Dove was in talks to play Amber in Hairspray Live! for several months but almost didn’t get the role because of a scheduling conflict while filming Descendants 2.

Thankfully, the producers were able to make it work and Dove got the part!

We gathered some major facts you should know about the starlet as you watch her own the stage in the full production!

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

Click through our slideshow to learn more about Dove Cameron…

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Who is Garrett Clayton? Meet Hairspray Live's Link Larkin!

Who is Garrett Clayton? Meet Hairspray Live's Link Larkin!

Let us introduce you to Hairspray Live! star Garrett Clayton with these fun facts!

The 25-year-old actor stars in the coveted role of Link Larkin, following in the footsteps of Zac Efron from the 2007 film version.

Garrett is no stranger to theater. He’s been acting in plays since high school and starred in the hit Disney Channel Original Movie, Teen Beach Movie.

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

Click through the slideshow to meet Garrett Clayton…

Where Is Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky? See What 2007's Tracy Turnblad is Doing Now!

Where Is Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky? See What 2007's Tracy Turnblad is Doing Now!

Now that Hairspray Live! is just hours away, fans may be wondering what happened to the cast of the 2007 film!

We caught up with Nikki Blonsky – who starred as Tracy Turnblad alongside Zac Efron, Amanda Bynes, John Travolta and more – to get her reaction to the new NBC version, and to see what she’s up to now!

“I’m thrilled that NBC has decided to put out a powerful musical with such a positive message for the country to see at such a pivotal point in our country’s history,” Nikki told JustJared.com. “I hope it can be used not only as entertainment but as an educational piece for our youth. I know when I did the 2007 film version of Hairspray it was needed and changed a lot of lives worldwide…hopefully this version that airs today can do the same nationwide. I will cherish the relationships I made in 2007 on the film version, my cast is family to me and always will be. We truly are film family for life.”

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

In case you missed it, other former Tracy’s Ricki Lake and Marissa Jaret Winokur are both excited to make cameos in Hairspray Live!.

Click inside to find out what Nikki Blonsky is up to now…More Here! »

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