Whitman is known for her acting and voice acting roles, but she's also a talented singer. In 2007, she recorded two tracks for the compilation album "School's Out! Christmas," which featured other prominent stars like Taylor Momsen and Ashlee Simpson. Whitman is also credited for having background vocals on the indie band Fake Problems's 2010 album "Real Ghosts Caught On Tape." She further showcased her singing abilities throughout the 2010 TV series "Parenthood."
Now, over a decade since then, Whitman has picked up the mic again in "Up Here." In a March 23 interview with Vanity Fair, Whitman opened up about her experience doing a musical for the first time. "It was just something that I hadn't done before," she said. "It's easy to show up, do your thing, have a parking place, go home, not really be as invested. But what makes me feel the most connected to the artistry of acting is doing something new, and especially something that scares the living bejesus out of me, which is singing in public."
To prepare for her role as Lindsay, Whitman worked with a voice coach and received choreography lessons. "Honestly, there was not a lot of downtime while we were filming," she said. "We spent a month recording the entire album and doing dance rehearsals at the same time."
While speaking with the Screen Chatter, Whitman said that although singing is still "so vulnerable" for her, her experience on "Up Here" was a major "confidence booster," and she's thankful to have been a part of the show.