With the paperback version of her memoir hitting shelves this month, KRISTIN CHENOWETH spills on Hollywood, hooking up and her return to Glee.
KRISTIN CHENOWETH is nothing if not candid. Last year, while accepting her best supporting actress Emmy for the dearly departed Pushing Daisies, she pleaded with the powerful audience of Hollywood heavies for employment. It seems some of the major players in the room took notice.
She has since been inundated with work, from her fabulous turn as feisty April Rhodes on Glee to the musical Promises, Promises, which opens this month on Broadway. As if that werent enough, her bestselling memoir, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, hits shelves in paperback this month. We chatted with the pint-size powerhouse about what its like to grow up adopted, her return to Broadway and Gleeking out.
You confessed when picking up your Emmy last year that youd love to be on Mad Men. Have they called you yet?
I love Mad Men so much, it was just the first thing that popped into my head when I got onstage! I didnt plan a speech, because I didnt think Id win. I still havent talked to them, and Id love to do it. But Ill be a fan even if I never get to do it. And, anyway, Im doing the one show I love the best.
You must be talking about Glee your character returns this month, right?
Yup, April Rhodes is back. That show just gets better and better! Its just, like, the most perfect thing on TV right now. Where I grew up, in Oklahoma, its more of a Friday Night Lights type of vibe. But this is making glee club cool, and I love that! Now glee clubs are popping up all over the country.
Do you know whether April will become a more permanent fixture on the show?
Nope, but I like not knowing where shes going. I dont think [the creators] know either! I have a pretty loaded schedule, but I would come back as often as they wanted me to. Its so much fun, and the people on the show are inspiring, but its really hard work. I dont think people realize how much work goes into doing a show like that. Its like doing a new Broadway show every week.
Speaking of which, youre returning to Broadway this month.
I never stray too far from Broadway its my first love. And [Promises, Promises] is a classic. It stars Sean Hayes, Tony Goldwyn and me, and its a musical that was first done in 1968. Its about a man who falls in love with a girl who lives in his apartment building, but she doesnt ever notice him because shes involved with the wrong person.
In your book, you mention your ex, the writer Aaron Sorkin, as the one whos that guy for you the one you can never quite get out of your system.
Well, I can certainly relate to the part that Im playing on Broadway. Aaron and I are still friends, but were not together. Dating is hard in Hollywood. I havent been dating a lot lately; Im too busy. But I think its possible to balance it all. I would love to have a child. That would make life complete. Whether its adoption or having a baby, I hope its in the cards for me. I have a lot of happiness in my life Id like to share it.
In the book, you say that you grew up knowing that you were adopted. Do you ever wonder about your biological parents?
Ive never heard from my birth mom, and for me, thats a blessing. I dont feel that burning desire to meet my biological parents. Really, Id just like to know who sang [in my family]. Where did that come from? And I have eczema. Where did that come from? Its more like those kinds of things curiosities. Ive had such a great upbringing, and if you met my parents, you would say, Of course shes their daughter! If I ever did meet my birth mom, Id just say, Thank you for making the decision to give me such a great life. Thats all. But I do feel like I would like to write a childrens book, maybe, about adoption. I would love to share my story.