buttoned-up star of The West Wing loses her business suit
Chenoweth is a woman of contradictions. Shes 411 and tips
the scales at 95 pounds, yet she sports an Amazonians curves. Shes
a Tony-award winning Broadway star who sells out Carnegie Hall with a
crystalline, classically-trained voice, but is a diva with decidedly un-tony
tastes in restaurants (Dont be takin me to nice
restaurants, anything I cant pronounceI like Applebees,
Arbees, and Dairy Queen!). Though a proudly-out Christian girl,
the 37-year-old forged her way playing Nicole Kidmans naughty neighbor
in Bewitched and the not-so Glinda the Good in the original cast
of the Broadway smash, Wicked. And, though, shes as sweet
a Southern girl as youre likely to meet, if you dare try to pick-up
her up with a line like, Are you an angel or am I dead? shell
fire back, I think youre dead.
by an Okie oil man and his home-making wife in the tiny, Tulsa suburb
of Broken Arrow, Kristin was singing gospel music at her Southern Baptist
church from early childhood, until, after getting her Masters degree at
Oklahoma State University, the funny girl aced her first New York audition.
Since winning her Tony in 99 shes multi-tasked across the
entertainment universe. Shell be singing onstage with Placido Domingo
in Washington, D.C., this spring, shes currently finishing up her
second season as Annabeth Schott on The West Wing and her third
album is in the works. Plus, its about to become a Kristin Chenoweth
world at the multiplex: Shes currently appearing on the big screen
along Steve Martin in The Pink Panther (Hes hot because
hes funnyif a guys not funny, forget about it, Im
bored stiff) and next month, shell headline with Robin Williams
in RV before returning in Running With Scissors this fall.
all that work, its no wonder Kristin is single. Or is it her cartoon-like
speaking voice thats the problem?
dont suck heliumthis is how I actually sound, Kristin
says. If you want someone with a husky, sexy voice then you should
call Demi Moore. If you want Betty Boop, Im happy to oblige.
And as a bonus, there would be no Ashton Kutcher to suffer. Sounds perfect
US ABOUT YOUR FIRST KISS.
was at Southern Baptist Church Campall the naughty things go on
there at church camp, you know. (laughs) I was in sixth grade and
these girls from this other church go, Youd look so cute with
our friend. So they introduced us and we snuck away. I remember
thinking, Hmmm, I dont know what this isbut I definitely
NOW HAD A FEW YEARS EXPERIENCE, DESCRIBE THE PERFECT LIPLOCK.
let me describe an imperfect one which is a lot of slobber, a lot of hard
pressing-up against your mouth, and the tongue going really fast. Baaad.
A good kissespecially the first oneshould be slow and careful.
Im an old-fashioned girl and I like it when a guy says, May
I kiss you? It shows respect. Then Im like, Heck, yeah!
Because its one of the most intimate things you can doit whets
your appetite and, done well, it can make you feel sooo good. I dont
see any sin in that.
YOU EVER MAKE OUT WITH A SON OF A PREACHER MAN?
dang it! Ive been waitin for my chance!
A GOOD CHRISTIAN GIRL, WHATS HOT ABOUT ABSTINENCE?
then, sex becomes forbidden. Which makes it even more intense
when you finally get it. I dont judge people who do sleep around,
but I think youre probably going to get hurtevery time out
youre giving a little piece of yourself away and it leaves less
of you in your heart. And Im not saying I havent shared things
with people that I feel like I shouldnt have, but I will say that
there is not one man that I have given a kiss to that Im sorry for.
And Im really thankful that I have a lot of me left to give.
YOU DOIS IT TRUE THAT DURING BEWITCHED NICOLE KIDMAN
SAID I WANT YOUR BOOBS!
and I was, like, Dont even go there Miss-porcelain-skin-and-legs
as-tall-as-my-whole-person! I would take one of her legs, just one!
I mean, Ive always just wanted to have a normal sized foot. (laughs)
Ive been complaining my whole life that if I were tall people would
say I was gorgeous, but, because Im little, they say
cute as a button and adorable. But, as my mom
says, At least, theyre not callin you a bitch.
ARE GUYS SO BREAST-FOCUSSED?
dont know, cause Im surprised they can even see mine,
Im so short. (laughs) But men are very visual creaturesthey
like leg, they like chest. But, well, (sputters)
know why! I dont get the fascination! There! Thats my answer!
YOU OFTENTIMES FIND GUYS TALKING TO YOUR CHEST?
the time. Most of the time when that happens, I just take my finger, point
to my face, and say, Im up heredont be afraid
to look at my face!
YOU HAVE TO DOWNSIZE THE MEN YOU DATE, OR DO YOU GO FOR TALL GUYS?
Im a super-size-me kind of gal. I mean, I love men any height, but
I do prefer a taller guy. And you know what? Most taller men dont
seem to mind the short petite girl. I dont know if thats because
it makes them feel even more big and they love that or
probably it. Cause mens egos are out of control. (laughs)
MEN INTIMATED BY AMBITIOUS WOMEN LIKE YOURSELF?
And I truly like to be a girlie girlI mean, after all, pink is my
all-time favorite colorbut Ive got so much going on that I
also need respect and compromise and all that. And I do believe that,
ultimately, men like to be taken care of. And I like to be that woman.
I mean, at the end of the day, what man doesnt want a woman to say,
Hey, roll over, let me rub your back.? I just think thats
what a guy needs. And I truly want to be able to give someone everything,
but I just havent mastered the work and the love thing yet. But
Im going to get better, I promise.
BEDTIME COMPANION IS A MALTESE. HOW ARE DOGS PREFERABLE TO MEN?
dont have to get dressed up for em, they just love ya. They
dont care if your hair extensions are falling out or if your breath
stinks. Cause more than likely, theirs does, too. (laughs)
YOU DO GET DRESSED TO KILL, WHATS THE OUTFIT?
mini-skirt with the boots is always good.
PLAYED A LOT OF BAD GIRLS. ARE YOU EVER ENVIOUS OF THEM?
definitely. I just wouldnt do the things theyve done. But
I get to live vicariously through them. Somewhere deep down its
YOUD BE A GIRL-LOVING BAD GIRL? AFTER ALL,YOU ARE PLAYING A LESBIAN
IN THE UPCOMING RUNNING WITH SCISSORS. DID YOU DO ANY IN-DEPTH
Thats one part of the acting that I did not research. Although I
did kiss Annette in Running with Scissors.
WAS MS. BENING AS A KISSER?
good. But I said to her, You know what? Unless youre taking
me to a dinner and movie, thats as far as this is going.