Hello from the USA!

Hello from sunny California!

Weather out here is so blooming wonderful (trying to remember to get that factor 50 on the go) πŸ™‚

So I am out here currently rehearsing to play Velma Kelly in Chicago at the hollywood bowl this year on the 26th, 27th and 28th of July!! It’s going really well and I’m having lots of fun! Currently dancing my tush off every day and I can’t tell you how many times I did a one woman version of cell block tango as a kid in my bedroom… No one ever needs to see that! Haha

One of my favourite thing to do is a BBQ! and YES I know that’s a strange one coming from a vegetarian but I’m currently loving me some fake bacon (tempeh) so I wack a bit off that on the BBQ and happy days πŸ™‚ Last night I was at a BBQ and was introduced to the sport UFC! Now for any fans of the TV show friends this is what Monica’s boyfriend Pete gets into… But that was where my knowledge ended!! I watched it last night and Blimey o’ reiley!! It’s SOOOO brutal! Anderson Silva VS Chris Weidman and it was nail biting! Before it started everyone was saying this guy has NOOO chance against Silva so when Weidman won by KNOCKOUT the room exploded! Nail biting stuff! I watched it in the way I watch a horror movie…. Hands over my face just exposing my eyes (why do we do that…. It’s so pointless) haha

Also while I have been out here in LA it’s like food heaven for a vegetarian! so many amazing restaurants with do much choice for veggies! Cafe Gratitude, Real food daily, Veggie grill! Makes me happy!! Also came across a little gem in the farmers market called Zia Valentina and its so great for anyone who lives here or visiting I urge you to check it out!! It sells granita which is similar to a slush puppy but instead of being packed with sugar it’s made with all kinds of great stuff like almond milk and coconut and sweetened with stevia, and you feel chilled but full of energy! My new post hot yoga cool down! They also sell chocolate muffins made with zucchini which are UH- maaaaaazing! Check them out!

Anyway off to rehearsals now for a cheeky shimmy!! See you all later!!

PEACE, Barks Xxx

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35 thoughts on “Hello from the USA!

  1. I’m so happy you’re enjoying Cali! But then again…. Seeing you type about UFC is something I never EVER thought I would see…. EVER…. Haha. But either way you’re official turning into your own little Cali girl watching fights and BBQing!!! So excited to see you in Chicago on your last night and can’t wait to see you dance your tosh off on stage!!! Been waiting for a long time for this and I couldn’t pick a better show to see you in for the first time! Have an amazing day chica!!! πŸ™‚

  2. My trainer just sent me a zucchini brownie recipe, so seeing your reaction to another chocolate and zucchini recipe has me even more excited to try it! So glad you’re enjoying California! πŸ™‚

  3. You’re blog posts always brighten my day Samantha! I can’t help but smile every time I read them ^_^ Please keep them coming! Also just wanted to say I am so proud of you! I amazed at how far you’ve come, and I know you’ll go even farther πŸ˜€ Don’t ever worry about losing my support, you’ll always have it πŸ™‚ ❀ Love you lots Samantha! Keep bringing the smile ❀ ^_^

  4. Ahh glad you’re having a fab time in LA, and being a dancer myself, I love that you are loving the dance classes you’re doing for Chicago. Will you be wearing a wig to get the Velma Kelly short hair cut? Also the weather is absolutely gorgeous and hot in England right now too. Thanks for making my year and summer so much healthier, I feel amazing! Anyway get that Shimmy on and those jazz hands going much love Beth xxxx

  5. Sam, glad you’re having a peachy time in California. Congrats on landing Velma Kelly in Chicago, wish I could be there to see it. Keep on working hard and putting your full effort into whatever you do and you’ll continue to grow and shine bright in my eyes and the eyes of many more. Lots of love.

  6. sounds exciting!! i absolutely LOOVE cell block tango, it’s my jam right now πŸ™‚ are there going to be any promotional pictures of Chicago? i’d love to see everyone in costume, wish i could go see it… nice to know you’re enjoying yourself πŸ˜€ xx

  7. Glad to hear your in CA! When you come to Minnesota let me know! Sounds like you have a fun filled dancing week ahead of you!

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  9. My friend and I saw Chicago in london for our 1st anniversary as friends πŸ˜‰ It coincidently was the only year it was running! We spent the rest of the night doing a 2 man Cell Block Tango and I even know all the words for Hunyak’s bit!… and we also did a cartoon version for all the onesies we have, “Pika”, “Stitch”, “Chip”, “Elmo”, “Cheshire Cat”, “COOKIE”…. and although I am aware that no-one is reading this I still felt the need to express it and my weirdness πŸ˜‰

  10. have lot of fun!! I live really far from England but I caught BBC news from there and there was great interview with you!!!! Xx

  11. Hey! Just wondering, but are you going to cut your hair for the role? If you do, how short will you cut it? I hope you just wear a wig…

  12. Comment attempt #8, hopefully this posts!, So glad to hear you’re having fun in the States, and that you’re well-stocked with vegetarian goodies πŸ˜‰ I definitely didn’t imagine you being a UFC watcher (I’d have been watching the same way, if I had the guts to try it in the first place). Hope jetlag hasn’t been too bad! If I ever see a zucchini-chocolate muffin I’ll have to give it a try. Good to hear you’re having fun with Chicago, I can just imagine you as Velma, belting out “All That Jazz” with that brilliant Barksy voice of yours. Have a great week, and enjoy the rest of your stay!! Xxx

  13. I am so excited for Chicago tonight!!! Living in LA has it’s perks! I really hope I can find you and meet you after the show! It would really be a dream come true!! You are going to be amazing and I cannot wait to see you tonight! ❀ follow me on twitter πŸ™‚ @oliviaem1

  14. You are so amazing samantha barks I wish I got to go to see you but I couldn’t 😦 but I’ve seen videos and you are Amazig!

  15. Sam…i love this blog so much!! And seeing you talk about UFC fighting is the last thing I expected!! Haha! But it’s sproutastic to hear that you’re enjoying your time in the U.S. and hope you enjoyed your first 4th of July here with us πŸ˜€

  16. I saw some of the clips from Chicago, and I was truly struck with the range of roles and deviation from Les Miserables. I was really, really impressed. The American accent was perfect, and your strength of character was evident. You’ve obviously worked extremely hard and it shows.

  17. I am living in Connecticut for graduate school right now, which is as far from LA as London, but I’m from LA and lived there till I moved here for school. It so happened that I was home visiting the weekend you did Chicago and I managed to get lucky enough to go. I’m glad you’ve liked the food in California, because going home for me is always a culinary delight. I love home and I miss the weather. Seeing you in my home was like a little bit of heaven on earth.

  18. I really wish I could have seen Chicago 😦
    I think I might have watched the clips on youtube (which ofcourse AMAZING in !!!!) a little bit too much because I may or maynot have accidently learnt the chorography just by watching too meny times and i really cant dance or sing i really feel sorry for my neibours right now hahaha πŸ˜€ !!!!! (FROZEN YOUGART!!!!!! πŸ˜€ )

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