Laura Bell Bundy is Charlie Sheen’s new leading lady

Laura Bell Bundy says she has been in the midst of a whirlwind since auditioning for and being cast as the leading lady in Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management.

Laura Bell Bundy.

Laura Bell Bundy.

“It has all gone so fast,” she said Tuesday afternoon. “This really wasn’t anything I was expecting.”

The Lexington native and Tony Award-nominated actress follows Selma Blair, who was fired from the FX comedy in June following differences with Sheen.

Asked whether that situation was any concern to her, Bundy said, “I’m not focusing on the past. This is my new job, and I am really excited about it.”

Auditioning and meeting with Sheen, who launched the FX series after his colorful departure from CBS’ Two and a Half Men in 2011, Bundy said, “He couldn’t have been nicer to me or more generous. He has amazing comedic timing, and he makes comedy look easy.”

Anger Management features Sheen, 47, as a therapist, Charlie, who helps people struggling with anger issues after his own bouts with rage ended his Major League Baseball career. Bundy, 32, will join the cast as, “Dr. Jordan Denby, an alcoholic recent divorcee who will be a source of emotional whiplash in Charlie’s life as the two embark on a sex study,” according to her website.

Bundy said, “You can just imagine what that combination will be like.”

She starts filming for Anger Management on Thursday.

Bundy’s primary calling cards have been as a Broadway triple threat in shows such as Hairspray, Wicked and Legally Blonde — The Musical, for which she received a Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical, and as a country music artist, having spent part of this summer on tour with Rascal Flatts. Her latest single is Two Stepa beat-heavy track featuring Colt Ford.

But film has also been a big part of her career, including recent television stints on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother and The CW’s Hart of Dixie. 

Bundy, who has filmed a number of pilots that never made it to the air,  said a leading role in a TV series is a, “dream come true.”

Making it better, she says the Anger Management shooting schedule is “intense, but with a lot of breaks,” which will allow her to continue work on her music career, including the Rascal Flatts tour, which comes to Cincinnati Sept. 5. Bundy recently departed Universal Nashville, where she says she felt like she was in “musical purgatory,” and joined Big Machine Label Group.

She said she is still in discussions about her supporting role on Hart of Dixie.

All-in-all, Bundy says 2013 is turning out to be a very good year for her.

“I think about these things in a very spiritual way,” she said. “I believe there is a plan, and I look at my life completely. I totally like what is happening now.”

Note: This post was updated at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 6 to include comments from Bundy.

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