Margaret Cho Shares Details of Being the Poodle on ‘The Masked Singer’
This week on The Masked Singer, the Poodle was eliminated. And when she unmasked herself, it was revealed that comedian Margaret Cho was the Poodle! Now, she is sharing the details of what it was like being under the mask.
Take a look at what she had to say about the experience below!
Margaret on Joining The Masked Singer
Margaret Cho knew The Masked Singer well before her appearance, from seeing its Korean original series. She is Korean-American and says she loves Korean television:
“I am always very open to doing any Korean adaptation. Like I am obsessed with Korean television. On the Korean version–at least the ones I saw–the costumes are not as lavish. It’s very Korean style.”
But looking into it even more, she was very into the idea of being on The Masked Singer. She was especially excited to sing on the show!
“I love singing. For me it’s something that I really do and am passionate about, but it’s not something that I combined into my stand-up comedy as readily.”
Margaret has recorded with Tegan and Sara, John Bryan, Fiona Apple, and other amazing musicians throughout her career. So this was the obvious next step in her musical journey. Okay, that might be a little sarcasm but it was great exposure! Margaret also said she’s excited about how the show has caught on because it’s “what America really needs,” a show that allows everyone to escape reality and just enjoy television for an hour each week.
Secrets from Behind the Scenes
Margaret said she chose the Poodle because she’s a dog lover. She also loved how “strangely robotic” the Poodle costume was. In talking about more of the logistics of the show, the lengths the production team went through to keep each singer’s identities a secret were insane.
“You went for a number of [costume] fittings, and the secrecy around your arrivals everywhere, it was pretty intense. Even people in production who you were working with all the time, a lot of them didn’t know who you were, because they never saw your face, or you weren’t able to speak to them or anything. They didn’t see your hands, or your body, because we had to wear these big hoodies and balaclavas. It was very, very extensive in hiding who you were. You had to go to quite a lot of rehearsals and fittings and blocking rehearsals and choreography, so there was a lot of stuff that you were doing, but really concealing your identity.”
When talking about her involvement in writing the clues, Margaret said she definitely had a hand in the process.
“Well, they wanted clues that were pretty obvious, but at the same time, not. So mine was [about how I] played a paralegal on a show called Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime, and that was a few years ago. And then I’m from San Francisco, I am LGBTQ. I think they were very canny about that stuff. Being fired, that’s a motif because I’ve been fired from a few jobs throughout my career, starting when I was five.”
But Does She Know Who the Other Singers Are?
The short answer to this is no. But the whole process Margaret describes is pretty crazy!
“I still don’t know. I mean they kept us apart in that we were all scheduled to come onto set at different times. All of our rehearsals were at separate locations where we just had no idea. You never ran into anybody, I never crossed paths with any of the people. We all had very separate, remote dressing rooms…separate production people. We didn’t crossover at all. There was a couple of times where, when we’re in full costume we would see each other, like onstage, and that was the only time. When the audience saw us all together, those are the only times we actually saw each other. So it was a tremendous feat.”
Margaret also revealed that she still doesn’t know who the rest of the singers are. That means she’ll be tuning in along with us every week to see the celebrities under the masks! The Masked Singer will return for another episode this Wednesday at 9/8c on FOX. And if you want to learn more, you can read Margaret’s full interview with E! News.