Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 4:43 p.m.
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Even with Holly Madison’s blessing, support and encouragement, Angel Porrino admits that she’s under major stress in advance of her debut tonight in the offbeat Absinthe at Caesars Palace.
“I’m the world’s biggest stress case right now. It’s a lot harder than I thought,” confessed the Holly’s World starlet who also has been Holly’s understudy and headline stand-in in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood. “It was the right time to branch out on my own, do my own thing to get my career going. Yes, it’s getting out from underneath Holly’s shadow and standing on my own two feet, but she’s fully behind me going for it -- and that really helps.”
Angel told me in an exclusive interview: “Holly is very enthusiastic about me starting out now on my own. This is going to be one step at a time. If Absinthe stays, I would like to be the face of it like Holly is at Peepshow.
But you haven’t lost me completely from Peepshow to Absinthe. I will still go back and forth and stand in for Holly when she’s away again later in the year. For the busy months now right through the summer, I will just be at Absinthe, but when the tourists slow down and Holly gets her next break, I’ll hop back.
“I want to stay local. I’d love to wind up a star on the Strip, and this is the way to get that started. Hopefully it might also lead to my own reality show spinoff. I’m the single mom trying to take over the world.”
At tonight’s show, Angel will premiere a unique topless striptease while tap dancing inside a balloon. “It’s nowhere near as easy as it sounds. The balloon keeps lifting me up when I high kick, and then it’s kicked me in the face as I propel it forward or backward,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s my first time dancing like this, but I am getting used to it.
“It’s a regular balloon -- a giant latex condom thing. I have to perform without popping it, but with the air conditioning on, it’s still blowing me around. At the end, though, I do get to flirt and play around with the audience, and that is where my zany personality can really score.”
Angel has had seven daylong rehearsals before tonight’s premiere. “Absinthe is so awesome. Definitely my vibe and style. The first time I saw it was just a few days ago before I started rehearsals. It was amazing. I’m addicted to texting, but I was so wrapped up in Absinthe, I didn’t get bored for a moment and didn’t even text or tweet anything for the entire show. I was mesmerized. Now I’m in it -- really inside it!
“Yes, I do go topless at the end. I start with my clothes on. They come off, and I’m left with pasties. I can’t take my son to see the actual performances, but I brought him to playtime so he could see me get inside it with my clothes on. I’m going to let him play in it, too, when it’s right.
“Holly is fully supportive. We are dark Mondays, she is dark Wednesdays, so she will come to see me once I’ve fully got the hang of this. I don’t want her there to see me fall over!”
A third season of Holly’s World has not yet been confirmed, although I have learned that filming will resume this September, and I’m reliably told that Angel’s new sexy stripper Absinthe job will a storyline.
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