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FULL INSIDE STORY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s dilemma – Von Trapped in a world she never made or Hooray for Hollywood?!
HOLLYWOOD hotshots are wooing Carrie Underwood after her performance in a live telecast of “The Sound of Music” scored a ratings bonanza!
But critics panned her acting, and sources say the country superstar is hesitant to ditch Nashville to pursue an acting career in Hollywood.
“Carrie isn’t sure about taking on more acting roles for fear she’ll be eaten alive by haters,” said an insider.
“But she’s the toast of TinselTown right now. She’s gotten offers for doing everything from TV guest spots to feature films, and she’s being urged to move to Los Angeles so she can focus on pursuing big-ticket acting roles.”
The Grammy winner, 30, stepped into Hollywood icon Julie Andrews’ shoes to portray Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour version of the movie musical that won seven Academy Awards.
The program drew an astounding 18.6 million viewers and put the former “American Idol” winner at the top of Hollywood’s wish list.
“Hollywood is all about the bottom line, and regardless of how badly her acting was received, Carrie proved she can draw a huge audience,” noted the insider.
“But she feels as if she’s caught between a rock and a hard place. She’s thin-skinned and worries that she doesn’t have the chops to compete against A-list actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Scarlett Johansson.
“Carrie would love to have a dual singing/acting career like her idol Dolly Parton. But she also knows that she’ll have a huge target on her back among the same critics who panned her performance.”
Referring to Carrie, one reviewer bluntly noted: “It’s impossible not to notice that she can’t act.”
Another pointed out that Carrie “sang well as Maria (Von Trapp) but her acting inexperience was laid bare. She had zero chemistry with her love interest and lacked any intensity or shading.”
Worse yet, Kym Karath, who played Gretl Von Trapp in the 1965 film, also piled on Carrie, saying: “Love Carrie Underwood but this role is just not right for her. She is lovely, her voice is beautiful but acting is wrong.”
Devout Christian Carrie responded to the criticism, posting a message on Twitter that said: “Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus. They will be in my prayers tonight.”
As The ENQUIRER has reported, Carrie is already reeling from a slew of setbacks, and her three-year marriage to hockey pro Mike Fisher, 33, appears to be on shaky ground. The “Jesus, Take the Wheel” singer was also blasted for a sub-par tribute performance of a Beatles song at the September Emmy Awards.
In one bright spot, Julie Andrews offered heartfelt encouragement to Carrie before “The Sound of Music” aired on Dec. 5, saying: “Fifty years later, it’s time somebody had another crack at it. I do hope it works for Carrie because she’s lovely and I’m a fan. I wish her well.”
The source added: “Carrie is torn about leaving the safety of Nashville for uncharted waters in Hollywood. But everyone is telling her that she should strike while the iron’s hot.
“Even her husband told her, ‘Nothing ventured, nothing gained.’”