On her first singing teacher, and performing arts studio: "an old-school belter who had false eyelashes out to here and a big diamond ring that said 'Kit' on it in rubies," Ashford recalls fondly. "It couldn't have been more perfect. She taught me phrasing and breathing and songs that were completely inappropriate for little girls. When I was eight, I sang, 'On My Own' in a talent competition."
"I wouldn't say that I'm fearless," she says of her drive to succeed, "but I always knew that this is what I have to do for the rest of my life."
On Touring with Wicked: "Every actor should tour, It's such a roller coaster because you spend the first couple of days [in each new city] saying, 'Okay, where's my Starbucks? Where's the post office? Where's the grocery?' When you don't have a home to keep you balanced, you have to find other ways to keep your spirits up."
On her audition outfit for Legally Blonde: "They [pink high-heeled jellies with bows on top] were the most ridiculous shoes, I got a spray tan the day before, I got my roots done—I was raring to go!"
On her cast mate, Laura Bell Bundy, in Legally Blonde: "she's a trouper and we want her to stay that way"
On Legally Blonde: "It's one of the hardest shows on Broadway," she says, adding, "I knew it was going to be a hit after the first read-through. It's really clever and so much fun to do."
"I just want to work," Ashford says. "I don't care where I do it. Whether it's singing or dancing or acting, this is it for me."
"My New Year's resolution is to look up more often than I look down. I can't remember the last time I looked at the clouds or the stars. Sometimes you forget to when you're walking around in New York City. (I just hope I don't step in any dog poo!) I also need to cut back on the Diet Coke!" 2008 New Years Revolutions
On her character in Sex and the City the movie: "I'm this awful, awful girl. I'm wearing Dior and Gucci."