The Hairspray Live! Star Kissing Stories That’ll Make You Blush Like Crazy

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Before you witness the sure-to-be greatness of Hairspray Live!, you’re gonna want to hear these cute kissing stories from the live event’s cast members — they’ll make you blush like crazy!

Dove Cameron — Before the 20-year-old Disney Channel star called it quits with her fiancee, 23-year-old fellow Liv and Maddie actor Ryan McCartan, this past October, the woman who’s tapped to portray Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray Live! spilled the details on their first kiss, and it was breathtaking.

“We went to this park, because he’s just like Romeo,” she began an interview with Fanlala, “and he was just like –I’m so grossed out by how cute he is — but he picked me up one day from my apartment. He had a car and he was a hot older boy. This was back before we were like really, really dating. We were just sort of seeing what happened. He took me to this park underneath a tree at sunset. He brought this guitar and he was like, ‘Do you wanna come write songs with me in the park?’ I was like, ‘Okay!…You’re what movies are about!'”

At one point, “I leaned in to kiss him on the cheek, and he turned his head really quickly and kissed me, because he knew that I was too shy to just kiss him. So, he like tricked me into it… I don’t remember this — because in my mind it was magic and sparkles — but I apparently turned away and squealed and turned bright red.”

And she was “really embarrassed” by her behavior. “He said that was the moment that he knew that he was going to have feelings for me for a long time,” Cameron explained. “He was like, ‘I totally fell for you when you freaked out when I kissed you.’ He tells that story a lot better than I do because I make myself sound like a gremlin and he makes it sound really cute.”



Garrett Clayton — The guy who not only is putting his own spin on Zac Efron‘s Hairspray movie character, Link Larkin, but looks like him as well, experienced his first-ever kiss way long ago. It’s been 17 years!

He told Wzra Tv that his initial smooch went down at the tender age of 8. “With my friend, Jessica,” the 25-year-old revealed. “We are still very close ’til this day. Our families have always been very close — even before we were born. It isn’t awkward at all!”

Ariana Grande — The singer’s first ~real~ kiss happened when she was double digits, but as far as initial smooches go, that happened way before Ari hit her tween/teen years. “Mine was in pre-K during naptime,” she told her Victorious castmates. “It was pretty scandalous.” Penny Pingleton, we didn’t know you had it in you!

Darren Criss — The 29-year-old performer will serve as the multi-platform host for NBC’s live telecast of the December 7 event, much to the surprise and delight of Glee fans around the world, especially ones who shipped his gay character, Blaine Anderson, and Chris Colfer‘s, Kurt Hummel.

FUN FACT: His first guy-on-guy kiss wasn’t the epic Klaine lip-lock that happened on the “Original Song” episode. When asked if he’d ever kissed a man prior on Los Angeles’s 104.3MYfm, he revealed, “Uh, yeah. But definitely not in a passionate sort of way… You know, friends of mine, I’ve had a few gay roommates in the past, so, you know, birthdays, things like that.

“But you know something, for all intents and purposes, I’ll just say no, because those don’t count,” he added.

Maddie Baillio — A lot of the cast members spilled the beans on their first smooches, but the young woman who’s bringing Tracy Turnblad to life on the small screen is all about her most recent smooches… with her Hairspray Live! co-star!

“I have four kissing scenes with Garrett Clayton, which is a lot!” she said. “I think in the 2007 movie, there is just one. Oh yeah. Thumbs up. We’re going all for it.”

Hairspray Live! airs on Wednesday, December 7 at 8p ET/PT on NBC.
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