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YouTube star Joe Sugg: Negativity around my Waitress casting spurs me on – I will prove people wrong

Joe Sugg plays Ogie in Waitress Joe Sugg plays Ogie in Waitress
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YouTube star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Joe Sugg has defended his casting in the musical Waitress, claiming he has been spurred on by negative comments and is determined to “prove people wrong”.

Sugg has this week joined the musical as Ogie and said he could “completely understand” why some people have questioned his casting in the role.

This week, a national newspaper carried an opinion piece from an actor criticising his part in the show.

But Sugg said: “I completely understand where they are coming from and I understand the frustration. But I have been given this opportunity and I am going to go for it. I think anyone would if they were in my position.”

He added: “For me, it spurs me on and I don’t take it to heart. I like to prove people wrong and if anything it gives me motivation to work even harder to show I can keep up with everyone and join in and be a part of it.”

Sugg told The Stage he would like to do more musical theatre and wanted to continue to learn the craft.

“I would love to do more. I have had an amazing opportunity put forward to me and I would never want to take it for granted – it’s not a one time thing for me,” he said.

He added he was continuing to dance following his experience on Strictly and would do the same following Waitress.

“I realise how lucky I am to be in this position – especially the way I have come into it. I realise I have been very lucky and I won’t take it for granted,” he said, adding: “Who knows what will happen in the future but I have enjoyed it and wouldn’t want to stop.”

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