scene-stealing Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth is a coat of
many colors. Though you can almost guarantee
she'll bring that trademark spunk to every role
she plays, you're never quite sure where she's
going to pop up next.
Case in point:
Her just-viraled spoof of A&E's
Intervention, which finds Kristin, decked out in
her "sunshine day" best, singing about meth
addiction to a down-on-his-luck gay addict. Produced
by the same team that brought us Paris Hilton the
politician, Kristin is the latest celeb to get in bed
with FunnyorDie.com for a truly over-the-top romp in current
With a Christmas
CD coming out soon, a second season of Pushing
Daisies on tap, and a Christmas movie casting her
opposite fellow down-home bubbly blond Reese Witherspoon,
Kristin is literally everywhere you turn -- and she's
not planning on slowing down anytime soon.
The Advocate: Congrats on the Emmy nomination. Are you
planning on making the rounds to Grammy and Oscar
Kristin Chenoweth: Well, I wouldn't hate it. It wouldn't
suck, for sure. You know, I've always thought
about the Grammy awards just because I thought of
myself so much more as a vocalist, so that's a dream
of mine. This came as a complete shock, and I'm
really happy and honored that they even thought about
You had everyone in this office on the floor
yesterday over the FunnyorDie.com sketch. That's
some pretty racy stuff. If the folks behind the
Women in Faith conference questioned your faith
after you stood up for gay rights, what do you imagine
they'll do after seeing this?I think they're probably going, "See...see
what we said." But, you know, the message is still
pretty clear. Don't do crack. Don't do
Yeah, I'd say you spelled that one out. So, are
you a fan of Intervention? Oh, I'm obsessed with it. Yeah, they were
like, "Do you have any ideas?" and I thought, Maybe
I can be a princess or a tooth fairy. Then
they brought up Intervention, and it's one of
the very few shows I watch. I flipped out when they
pitched me the idea -- when I read the words that they
wrote I called Andrew Lippa, my music director, and I
said, "Can you write a song to this?" And if I do say so
myself, it's pretty catchy.
It seems kind of fitting you'd get involved in
this, given your gay fan base. Were you aware meth
addiction was so widespread among gay men
before you signed on? No, not at all. It wasn't until I was
doing the video, we were talking about it. I just
wanted to make sure the gay community wouldn't be
offended...so I said, "Do we have to make it about him
being gay?" And he said, "You didn't know?"
Then they told me -- it's a cheap thing to
make, it's becoming more and more popular in the
Midwest, where I'm from. And I'm not
much more aware of the different names for Tina.
Yeah, I guess this was kind of a crash course in
the underbelly of the gay drug culture for you. Totally -- I try, I try.
Switching gears quickly, let's talk a bit about
your Christmas CD. It seems every singer makes a
Christmas album at some point in their
career. What makes yours unique? Since I signed with Sony Classical, I've
wanted to do one. It's my favorite holiday. I
loved my Barbra Streisand Christmas album. I really
wanted to do this because I'm also a Christian and
it's Christmas -- it's the best.
Do you have a favorite Christmas memory growing up? My brother, he had just turned 15 or so. He
wanted tires...something for his new car. He got
contacts. I remember my brother being really bummed,
and I was thinking, Ha ha, you got contacts, I got
a bunch of clothes.
That's so evil, Kristin. Evil! What is that about? That's the
complete opposite of what the holiday is about, but
clearly there was a part of me that should enjoy it.
So, Pushing Daisies is about to come back.
Do we get to hear you sing more? That's what I hear. There's a
little tease first episode, a little Sound of Music
Nice. In more of those low-cut dresses? Seriously,
Kristin, I'm gay, but man...you look good in those. I know, I'm like,
"Really...we're gonna wear this in the winter?"
I think Olive tries a little bit too hard, and I think
you'll see her cover up a bit more this year.
But there's still going to be the Olive uniform.