katharine mcphee self Katharine McPhee in SELF: 'It feels good to be strong'“Smash” star Katharine McPhee is gracing the cover of SELF magazine for the March 2012 issue. Inside, she’s sexy in swimwear and the girl-next-door in the striped shirt and cutoff jeans. And she tells the magazine:

On her “Smash” fitness routine:

“I do a five-hour dance rehearsal. I feel it in my thighs and calves, but it’s so stop-and-go. I miss my real workout … I love my body when I’m in the best shape I can be in. It feels good to be strong.”

On her first experience riding subways in NYC:

“Smash has a set in Brooklyn, and on my first day of work, I said, ‘I’m going to be a real New Yorker, get there on my own and not spend $30 on a cab.’ But I went the wrong way on the subway, and when I asked for directions, the person in the booth was mean to me. So I ended up crying and in a cab anyway. Now the show sends a van for me.”

On her post-work relaxation:

“If I’m not too exhausted, my husband [Nick Cokas] and I go out for a nice neighborhood dinner. Or we do leftovers, maybe lentils and turkey burgers, then Pinkberry for peanut butter yogurt.”

The March issue of SELF is on newsstands now.
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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."