9 to 5 star Amber Davies has said she hopes her performance in the musical will prove her talent and help shake off her reality television persona.
The actor, who trained in musical theatre at the Urdang Academy, said she had to work hard to “prove” her worth after becoming known for appearing on reality show Love Island in 2017.
She plays the role of Judy Bernly in the Dolly Parton musical, currently running at the Savoy Theatre in the West End.
Speaking to The Stage after the opening night performance on February 17, she said: “I did feel I had to prove my worth a little bit. I had trained musically, professionally and I knew I was capable of doing it but it was about winning over people’s opinions and thoughts.”
She added: “I didn’t want Love Island to define who I am as a person. It has been my dream to be on the West End for my entire life. Now I have been given this opportunity I am glad I can show I am a talent and not just a reality star.”
Davies admitted the first night performance was “overwhelming”.
“As soon as I got into my dressing room I was crying my eyes out as I just thought: ‘did that really happen?’ And it did. I feel happy and relieved that it’s happened and grateful I have been given this opportunity,” she said.