Broadway@Google: Kristin Chenoweth

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[applause] >> Kristin: Hi Everybody, Hi!
>> Lee Stimmel: Ah this is great. Thank you for coming.
>> Kristin: Wow. This is so nice. I didn't know it would be that, this many people.
>> Lee Stimmel: Yeah, Well we have been sitting here anxiously waiting. We have been listening
to some of your music. [ laughs ]
>> Kristin: Oh you have?
>> Lee: A couple of well videos earlier, but yes we have been primed and prepped.
>> Kristin: Oh my gosh. Thank you!
>> Lee: So I understand that you are promoting a new record, is that right? Released yesterday.
>> Kristin: Yeah. It came out yesterday; it's called Some Lessons Learned. And it's about,
ah, gosh so..
>> Lee: And I was going to ask you what's one of the lessons you have learned? [ laughs
>> Kristin: I mean really, how long do we have? [ laughs ]
>> Lee: I don't know, but aside from the album what would you think?
>> Kristin: I mean, to me, I mean you guys are all going to understand this thing is,
Don't sweat the small stuff. I guess you guys have to sweat the small stuff [ laughter ] so
that I don't have to. Um, but that is a big lesson, you know. You can only do and worry
about so much.
>> Lee: That's a good point. We definitely deal with a lot of, yeah, I mean, I guess
being overwhelmed and just kind of sorting it out.
>> Kristin: Do what you can, do your best and you know, have a drink. [ laughs ]
>> Lee: That was a good one.
>> Kristin: Of Coke of course.
>> Lee: Um, so TV, Broadway, Music, almost everything under the sun. I was a stage manager
in theatre, so they have triple threat, obviously. I was trying to come up with a term for someone
who does more than three things. [Kristin laughs ] You know like you were in-
>> Kristi: Type A [ laughs ]
>> Lee: Yeah, exactly. So I guess we have some popular questions from people here and
also people in VC in other offices watching. Um and it's a Google moderated page. They
vote for the most important ones, so we can start with one of those [audience laughs]
and take some live questions here. We have some CDs that we are going to give away to
people that answer some of the questions and then kind of go from here.
>> Kristin: Ah, that's great, I’m very happy.
>> Lee: I'm gonna get the live; I'm gonna get the live. I am trying to be very high
tech, I've got a tablet.
>> Kristin: What is that?
>> Lee: It's a tablet.
>> Kristin: Y'all probably invented it.
>>Lee: Yeah, wish I had the patent on it. That would be great.
[ laughs ]
>> Kristin: You're right [ laughter ]
>> Lee: One of the top questions was um, I am sure you get this a lot; I adored Pushing
Daisies and was the saddest when it was canceled. Are there any plans to work on a sequel project,
movie, TV special etc.? If there are would you appear as Olive again?
>> Kristin: I would have to be dumb not to. I mean, Brian Fuller, I always say doesn't
your head hurt from the information that is in your head. Much like I would say to any
of you all but I mean [ laughter ] he is so smart. He created this world. I knew when
I read the pilot that it was going to be something special. Um, I knew where Olive could go and
there's talk of doing a movie. So maybe if we all write in how much we want him to do
that. [ laughter ] I know he is writing and has been doing a comic for a Marvel Comics.
I like the way I look in the cartoon version [ laughter ] I certainly sound like a cartoon
so it is like perfect. I would love to play Olive Snook. That's like one of my biggest,
not regrets, but like the itch that I can't scratch is the ending to that show. The closure
and obviously I know what makes a hit because I thought it was the most genius thing I have
ever seen. And not just because I was in it. I just loved it.
>> Lee: It was great,
>> Kristin: And the cast. Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Swoosie , Ellen, Chi – so good, so good.
>> Lee: I was catching up on a couple of episodes from the second half of the second season
and I forgot how much I enjoyed it.
>> Kristin: Did you see the pig that I worked with, Pigbee? Or Digbee the dog.
>> Lee: Digbee yes.
>> Kristin: I had to work with all animals and children. That is so not fair.
[ laughter ]
>> Lee: Oh. I almost brought my dog today.
>> Kristin: Oh I wish you would have, but I love dogs. What kind do you have?
[ laughter ]
>> Lee: Because we are not interviewing me..
>> Kristin: Who cares, who cares? [audience laughs]
>> Lee: She is a Welsh Corgi.
>> Kristin: Isn't that what the Queen has? [audience laughs]
>> Lee: Probably.
>> Kristin: They are so cute.
>> Lee: Do you sing for the Queen?
>> Kristin: Yes I did
>> Lee: OK, cuz I was watching The View yesterday, [ laughter ] I actually watched it this morning
[applause and laughter] >> Kristin: Say it loud and say it proud!
>> Lee: I say like, Whoopi Goldberg is good at this and I'm not because I have always
been behind the scenes. So I am going to go steal her questions. And that was one of the
questions I was going to steal.
>> Kristin: You are so cute, it doesn’t matter.
>> Lee: Ahh, this is rough, this is hard. I am going to go back to the Dory questions.
>> Kristin: Where are you from?
>> Lee: I am originally from North Carolina.
>> Kristin: Oh you are, the basketball.
>> Lee: No, ahh. Well it was basketball but I never played any sports.
>> Kristin: Did they have a professional football team?
>> Lee: They do now, I think it is like the Panthers in Charlotte.
>> Kristin: Never heard of them.
>> Lee: Yeah, they weren't around when I was growing up. [ laughs ]
[ laughter ] I am going to do back to the Dory cause that is easy.
>> Kristin: You're so cute. Are you single?
[ laughter and applause]
>> Lee: Ahh.. you are not making this any easier.
>> Kristin: I'm sorry! [ laughs ]
>> Lee: Alright, this is a good one.
>> Kristin: [ sings ] I can dream, can't I? It's the end of my day, I am letting it loose
for you guys. [ laughs ] Lee, Lee, Lee
>> Lee: Now your costar on Pushing Daisies is also named Lee also.
>> Kristin: Lee Pace, who I love, who is about seven feet tall. I'm glad you brought him
up. I wanted to give a shout out to him and his family. They have just recently lost their
farm in Texas to the fires. So, you know, I am sure he is dealing with that. I just
love him, I think he is an amazing actor. More than anything though I think he is a
good person. I just love him, I would be like, "We're running behind. I have been here like
fourteen hours, I can't." And he was like Buddha, Zen, calm. He never, he was just that
person, and I needed it, so. [ laughs ]
>> Lee: Another one of the top voted questions was, since you do performing with Broadway
and TV shows, what are the main differences for you as an actor and a singer?
>> Kristin: Well you know when you are doing a Broadway show you get to hide behind or
in a character, which I loved. [ background noise… rustling ] Um, it's hard to just
be. I love that noise, it's amazing. [ laughs ] [ noise continues ] I am just kidding, you
need to do your job, too, sir. Um, I get to hide in a character and I love that because,
um, it's an opportunity to bring an original [ noise continues ] piece of work or a revival.
[ noise ] Playing to the back of the house is the challenge, eight times a week. Broadway
is not for wimps; it's not for wimps. But when you are doing TV and film you know your
performing [background noise continues ] for an audience this big or depending what size
TV. Y'all probably have like; see? there it is. That's probably the size of TV you have.
[Lee chuckles] So it is a smaller thing so you might have
to dial it in a little bit, it feels a little bit more intimate to me. But really to me
if I am on a concert stage in front of an orchestra, or if I'm in a dive bar signing,
or if I'm doing a film. If I'm staying true to myself and the character, even if the person
is I'm just presenting myself, um, in front of people. Then I just want to always be true
to that. So it kind of, I kind of feel like I can't miss, I might not be everyone's favorite,
but if I am true than whether it is film, TV, theatre or concert it doesn't really matter.
To me it is all the same, it's an extension of me.
>> Lee: It's that form of communication…that's all right, we will real that in.
>> Kristin: See, welcome to my world. I want you all to invent a way I can have a microphone
implanted in my body.
>> Lee: That's a great idea [ laughter ]
>> Kristin: And you could get to patent on that! [ laughter ]
>> Lee: I will get the engineers together and we will start working on that.
>> Kristin: Come on guys,
>> Lee: Yeah, implants in the head, that's a huge market opportunity to be in. For lots,
for more than just microphones.
>> Kristin: I would buy that sucker.
>> : Lee: If I could not type anymore, that would be awesome.
>> Kristin: Do you guys, are your fingers tired, do your arms get sore?
>> Lee: Yeah, Yeah [ laughter ]
>> Kristin: I bet, I bet [audience laughs]
>> Male: Are you going to come back to Broadway anytime soon? Are there any plans for any
shows coming up? Yeah
>> Kristin: Yeah, [ applause ] Thank you. I really want, well I am going to revive a
show called On The Twentieth Century. It hasn’t been done in thirty years. The woman that
created the role Lily Garland was Madeline Kahn, who my dog is named after. She is one
of my favorite actresses and singers that ever lived. [ applause ] Thank you, I love
her too. She is my favorite. Um, so I will look forward to that because it is operatic
in nature but it is a comedy. [ burps ] That's what happens when you have a Coke. [ laughter
] And there, my record sales just went down.
Anyway, that's the most balls I have ever had in my voice right there. Anyway, um, wow,
my mom is so proud right now. [ laughter ] But I also am working on a show that I will do
too. The first thing will be On The Twentieth Century and then the second is the sort of
life story of Tammy Faye Bakker. I don't know if any of you remember her but she was a really
well known televangelist wife and she was on television as well as a very unique, funny,
interesting woman and character. So Henry Krieger who composed Dream Girls is composing
that, we did our first reading not long ago. It's amazing music, but I look forward to
coming back to Broadway anytime they will have me.
>> Lee: Excellent, excellent, um, yeah. We have a lot of questions. I want to hear your
thoughts briefly on, um, Steel Pier as well actually cause I did the tour after I left
Broadway briefly in 2001.
>> Kristin: What? Did you have a part? Don't tell me who?
>> Lee: No, I was a stage manager. No, I never performed a day in my life. This is actually
the fourth time I have ever been in front of a camera.
>> Kristin: What? You should always be in front of a camera. [ laughs]
>> Lee: I'll pass, I'll pass.
>> Kristin: OK, yeah, Steel Pier. I loved it.
>> Male audience member #1: Thanks for being here. Could you please tell us about your
most embarrassing moment on stage?
>> Kristin: It just happened. [ laughs ] that burp. Um, let's see. There was a show I did
at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis called Babes in Arms. It was gonna come to Broadway
but it ultimately didn't get there. I had a job of tap dancing down a big stairway of
piano keys. Sing and dance this song, be a part of this number called Keys to Heaven.
And I had a big time quick change right before the number where I had to change my wig in
like fourteen seconds. And I had just did my own wig every night with just two pins
cause then I would change again and put my normal wig back on. And um, I was sort of
dressed like a Carmen Miranda type character and I remember I was doing the big [short
pause]. And I felt like something might have come off my hair or something and I was like,
oh well, [ sings ] Keys to Heaven. And I am looking out and there is like people going
[ gasps and covers mouth making noise ] and this is what I see. [ laughter ] and I realize
my wig is on the floor. Bald cap, microphone, this. just dancing away. You know, um, I finished
the number completely bald and then put the wig back on my head when it was over. It was
embarrassing and then three weeks later I am doing the same show. And like at Act II
there is this thing that enters, it's like a bomb. This thing that comes out of the audience
and I am waiting at intermissions. I can sometimes here the people talk before I enter because
of intermission. And I hear, this honest to goodness, this is like three weeks later,
"and then her wig fell off and she kept dancing." I was like, oh, they are talking about me.
Anyway it was like a p.s. to the most horrifying moment.
>> Male audience member #1: Thank you
>> Lee: Do you want a CD?
>> Kristin: Oh good, I hope you like it. Thank you. I love the Dave Matthews Band too, aren't
they amazing? [ laughs ]
>> Female #1: Thank you for coming. My husband actually met you, gosh, after you did Charlie
Brown you went to see the first regional production of Charlie Brown after you closed and you
sat down with the cast and my husband was Charlie Brown.
>> Kristin: What? I remember it, I remember that.
>> Female #1: So I am here for him and for me.
>> Kristin: Well you tell him hi-
>> Female #1: I will, I'll say "Bob, Kristin said HI!"
>> Kristin: hi and that's the only production I have ever seen of Charlie Brown.
>> Female #1: Aww, he will be thrilled. First of all we love Glee at my house and thank
you for being in it. A couple of years ago we took my mother-in-law to the concert as
a surprise at Radio City. You weren't there but they were playing the sound track and
a ten year old behind me said "Oh my God, I love this song so much!" and it was you
singing One Less Bell to Answer.
>> Kristin: Are you kidding me?
>> Female #1: And what struck me in 2009 when that happened was a ten year old was thrilled
to hear you sign Burt Bacharach and so I wanted to ask you. It's amazing to me, but,
>> Kristin: It is amazing to me too. I am serious, I'm serious. That he would know that
>> Female #1: You brought that music back. So I wondered who would you like the current
generation of tweens to hear? Either through Glee or what music could we bring back that
they need to hear?
>> Kristin: Ah,, that's a great question. You know I, too, love the fact that Glee has
brought, you know in one episode, in the first episode I did, I did "Maybe This Time" from
Cabaret. I did a Carrie Underwood song called "Last Name". And I did a seventies rock, Heart
is the group, I did "Alone". And Ryan Murphy, like those three songs completely different,
he has done such a good job at bringing all different kinds of music to this show. Which
is why it's struck such a cord and why it makes me happy that a nine year old kid go
"I love this song!" Um, I would love to see, you know, a resurgence of the thirties. I
mean, in the thirties and forties music, that was actually my first record I ever made was
that kind of music. Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, um, you know we have wonderful composer
today but there is a sense of innocence, that time that we can revisit. And to make it current
again would be amazing. But when I think of even you know Cole Porter, oh gosh, there
is too many to mention. That is probably my favorite era. I would love to see that come
back more.
>> Lee: That's a good question. So you also won a Tony for "Good Man Charlie
Brown". So I have got to put that in there. [ laughs ]
>> Kristin: Thank you
>> Lee: And um, I guess it is kind of a follow up question for, on the Glee side of things.
Were you ever in show choir? How did you get your start? Was--
>> Kristin: Well my start was in Church. I grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and our
only outlet of performance was either that or cheerleading. Which I did cause I was like,
I can perform, but I faked the yelling. I was a flyer, which is why I smashed my cooter
[ laughs ] I know people have heard this. I broke my coccyx cause I was on the top and
somebody got tired and let me down. I was in the splits and I was like [ crushing noise
] with my coccyx, I call it the cooter smash. But anyway, yeah, the funny thing with me
and cheerleading was I faked yelling cause I didn't want to hurt my voice. I would be
like [ pause ] I did it. This one girl, who will remain nameless, was like "You're faking
it!" and I was like "I know I am!" But we didn't have show choir but what we did have,
which has made me even as nerdy as you can get, we had Madrigals. [ laughs ] Yes, and
of course I was the leader of the madrigals. I loved madrigals cause you had to audition
and of course it was like me, auditioning, no body else. But that holds a special place
in my heart. I was a big fan of the King Singers, this madrigal group and, um, yeah, so I was
in madrigals, I did the choirs concerts, I did the drama club, and I was a silent cheerleader
[ laughs ] and I sang at rodeos. I sang at anything I could because that was the only
outlet I had.
>> Lee: Well you certainly had a great career ever since then. And I also heard that ABC
picked up a show called "Good Christian Belles" is coming out as well.
>> Kristin: Yeah, Good Christian Belles
>> Lee: I caught a little tidbit online and I know now necessarily you are not supposed
to believe everything you read, or see online, although someone did mention to me that you
said you gotta sing from your cooter. Now that we are on the subject, is that true and
how does that work? I'm asking too many questions, umm.
>> Kristin: I can tell you later, Lee! [ laughter ]
>> Lee: Um so I heard, um, yeah, I am going to a completely different subject.
So the ABC show had a different name of the pilot, is that true?
>> Kristin: Yeah, Good Christian rhymes with witches.
>> Lee: Um, OHH
>> Kristin: But it was based on a book that Kim Gatlin wrote out of Dallas, a wonderful
writer, very funny. It was basically her experience about getting divorced and moving back from
a big city to Dallas and what she went through with the girls that she grew up with and how
they accepted her. It is really less about religion and more about relationships, which
is very fun. It's funny, I would never do anything that made fun of anyone's religion.
So um, there is a difference in making fun of and having fun with and I think that's
what he did so well. Bobby Harling, who wrote Steele Magnolias and certainly knows how to
write women, wrote it. We have Annie Potts, Jennifer Aspen, Marisol
Nichols, Leslie Bibb and Miriam Shor, some of you may know from Hedwig here in New York.
I must say, I am really proud of it. We are in the middle of shooting right now so I've
taken just one week off to talk about my record and I'll go on tour when we wrap. But we are
doing ten episodes then we will get our air date soon.
>>Lee: I don't see how you do it all, first of all.
>> Kristin: I have no life.
>> Lee: I had a question; "What do you do with your free time?" I was like, scratch
that off the list.
>> Kristin: Here is what I do; Hillbilly Handfishing, Dance Moms, Real Housewives of New Jersey,
I mean it's mindless because sometimes I just need to just turn off my brain. You guys understand
this, you just need to turn off your brain sometimes, so what better way than reality
TV. [laughter]
>> Lee: Those really seem to do the trick.
>> Kristin: [ laughs ] No kidding.
>> Lee: Well I guess we can go to another live question, and give another CD here.
>> Male #2: Ah, So clearly so much for your art has to do with music and singing, right,
with all of your Broadway and your record and everything. And then you did this very
sort of straight role, comedic, but on a drama on the West Wing, right, so what was it like
doing that? What made you decide you wanted to do that?
>>Kristin: Um, Thank you for asking that question. I loved the West Wing but I had been offered
this show and then I had been offered Wicked so I had to decide which one I was going to
do and I took Wicked. [ applause and cheers ]
>>Lee: Thank-you [laughter]
>>Kristin: And I think it might have been the right decision. And then Aaron Sorkin,
the creator of West Wing, had left the show and John Wells took over, another amazing
show runner and writer, creator in his own right. He had asked me to come on as Annabeth
Schott, and Annabeth was the Deputy Press Secretary getting into everybody. First in
line Richard Schiff's character 'Toby' to become, first in line to become Press Secretary
when Allison Janney's character stepped into a new part. And I was really nervous because
I am not really political, like I should never talk politics because I would live with my
foot would just be hanging out of my mouth. But I learned a lot. I learned a lot about
different countries and how they did things. Martin Sheen is, gosh, he taught me a lot.
Everybody on that show was so knowledgeable in this particular area and I can see why
because you kind of have to get there because you are talking about it so much. I would
get these monologues about Uzbekistan, this long, and I would be like "Is that by Prada,
Prada, is that a leather?" [laughter]
Anyway but I learned. My point is I learned so much and I grew a lot as an artist. Precisely
why I took the part, is what you said, I wanted to do something in a world that people might
not put me in. And it worked out, I was supposed to do three episodes and I did two seasons.
So, I loved it, I loved it. Thank you.
>> Lee: Here's your CD. Also there is two..
>> Kristin: Nice to meet you.
>> Lee: two questions. We are going to save the last CD for you, young lady, but one second
and we will come back to you. Theirs is two questions in the Dory are kind
of related. One of them is; Was there ever a point in your career where you almost, or
you felt like you almost gave up, or you were just having a tough time? And the other related
question is; What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
>> Kristin: Well it is related.
>> Lee: Or artist.
>> Kristin: I am going to answer the second half first. I've heard, I have said this many
times, people have heard me answer this question before and I never have to think about it
because I know what the answer is. This life, career, is so rewarding but if you can see
yourself doing anything else and being happy then you should do it. Because this, this
can be hard. There is a lot of sacrifice and a lot of challenge and you are selling yourself.
It is very hard not to take things personally, no matter what level you are you get constant
rejection, it doesn't matter. I was sitting in an audition many years ago and a very famous
academy award winner was sitting next to me and she was auditioning for the mother part.
And I said; "Why are you here?" and I think you have and Academy A-- I worship you!" and
she goes "I'm here to audition." Just because you get an award doesn't mean it's over. In
a way it's more risk involved, you know, microscope is really there. So that being said, if you
can't see yourself doing anything else and being happy then you should go for it. Because
it is the greatest gift to be able to do what you love and I know because I get to do what
I love. And, um, not everybody can say that and I am very lucky. And it has been hard,
there have been times where I have been [pause] low, I get depressed, there is this perception
about me that I am happy all the time. I wake up "I'm going to get ready now! I'm going
to put on my shoes!" [laughter]
Umm you know, they say that comedians are actually very tortured people. [giggles] That
comedy comes through drama, it's just sped up. Um, and I can understand that, but am
I basically a happy person, Yes. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a healthy family.
I have an awesome pet that I love so much. I have great friends, my mom and dad love
m;, they gave me the gift of self esteem. And I love it; I love it, but it is hard,
it's hard.
>> Lee: sounds like good words to live by
>> Kristin: It is right?
>> Lee: Someone gave me similar advice, don't write a song unless you have to.
>> Kristin: That's great!
>> Lee: You have to have that passion behind it and it's
>> Kristin: Yeah, you do! If you have something to say, say it!
>> Lee: Do you want to go for another live question?
>> Female #2: Do you have any advice for people looking to get into theatre?
>> Kristin: Well I definitely say, when I was nineteen before I went to OCU. I went
to Oklahoma City University for music. My father, I had auditioned for Opryland for
the summer. I love Opryland, they have put out a mall, which I love malls, but I am really
mad at that mall because it took the best music place in the world to me. Um, I auditioned,
got into a show called 'Way Out West' and then I had to go back to school. And my dad
said "You are going to go back to school." And I was like "NO, I was going to, I'm actually
going to stay in Nashville, I'm going to work in Opryland for the rest of my life." And
he says "No, you're going to go." And I said "That's sweet of you, but thank you [ laughs
] I am going to go ahead and stay here." And he's like "I'm coming to get you now." And
took me back. And thought I went kicking and screaming. I am so thankful that I had my
education, that I had a higher education. It gave me an opportunity to hone my craft,
which I still work on. It gave me an opportunity to experience a little bit of life on my own
without the roof, of being under the roof of my parents. It gave me opportunities to
screw up and see what that feels like by myself. It gave me opportunities to win and see what
that felt like, so I grew up a lot. Um, so I would say New York, and LA and Nashville
and all these other awesome places to work and perform are always going to be there.
You have your whole life, so as much training, cause there are so many talented people out
there. It just gives you an edge up if you have the skill to back the craft. So I would
say, educate, learn, take class, whatever that means for you. That's the best advice
I can give. And enjoy it, have fun! You're welcome.
I hope you like my record. [ laughs ]
>> Lee: So you are an avid Twitter user.
>> Kristin: I love Twitter.
>> Lee: Yeah, I was going to--
>> Kristin: I love it
>> Lee: I was going to ask what is your favorite way to connect with your fans but I think
the answer to that is Twitter. I think you've, I've got 7000 Tweets, 400,000 followers along
those lines or something like that.
>> Kristin: It's so crazy when I think about it. I like to be able to say, first I thought,
I don't understand the concept of Twitter. Ashton; "Are you kidding me. I am having a
hamburger right now, now I'm going to the mall." That’s so dumb. [laughter] Now I
am like "This man at the airport is picking his toenails." I mean, I think it is so, I
love Twitter. I love hearing as much as the followers of me like to hear from me I like
to hear from them. Like, the other day, this women was like "I bite my tongue and who knew
that the next day a chunk would be missing and it hurt so bad!" I was like "I am so sorry,
that has to suck!" I like to hear [ laughs ] I like to hear just regular, cause I am
pretty much down to earth. It's kind of what you see is what you get. So, um, anyway, that's
why I love it, I love it!
>> Lee: Have you ever considered using Google plus? [ laughter ]
It's kind of like Twitter.
>> Kristin: Well when you ask me like that. [ laughter ]
>> Lee: Yeah, I think there is software where you can send Tweets and Facebook stuff and
Google plus, we'll definitely hook you up there.
>> Kristen: You should hook me up. Well all right.
>> Lee: It's pretty similar but you can, you don't have to constrain yourself to however
many characters it is. You can--
>> Kristen: This has been my problem. [laughter]
>> Lee: Um, solved, solved, right here. I know we could, we could,
>> Female #3: [comments off mic]
>> Lee: We could, we could >>Kristin: [singsongy] we could!
>> Female #3: No I didn't mean here…
>> Lee: Oh yeah, woooshsh! [ sighing ]
>> Kristin: [ laughter ] Later, later. In private! No I am just kidding, just kidding,
you know I am just giving you crap.
>> Lee: Um, how much time do we have? Do we have much time left? Is anyone going to cut
me off, no, keep going? Alright, alright, I'm out of CDs, I know you wanted one beforehand.
I will give you mine.
>> Kristin: No, I have one in my purse.
>> Female #4: Then I want the one from your purse! It's extra special.
>> Kristin: Done! [ laughter ]
Done !
>> Female #4: I loved when you sang "For Good" for Oprah for her last show as her Morehead
graduates surrounded her.
>> Kristen: Thank you
>> Female #4: And I was wondering what did you envision a moment like that for yourself,
what would that moment be? Who has changed you for the better?
>> Kristin: Oh my God, I love this question. Nobody has ever asked me that.
>> Female #4: Are you serious? I actually though; "She's probably been asked this over
and over again."
>> Kristin: I would never be, could never be famous enough or good enough to be Oprah,
but that moment, um. Oh, man, I love this question, I think obviously we all look for
ways to give back and I do have a charity [ laughs ] Cause I know people are going "of
course" But I do, I love animals and I have a charity called Maddie's Corner. My dog Madeline
Kahn, she started the charity. She whispered through her paw one night; "start this charity
under my name." But it basically helps animals get placed into the right home for them. Because
a lot of times we hear about dog that get, you know, into a very kid friendly and they
are not used to kids. So it helps facilitate that and sometimes people who need animals,
so it's animals helping people helping animals is the theme. So, in my perfect world, and
we are a long way from this, is that every displaced dog or cat or bird or snake or whatever,
would be in the right home. Like, I could image if someone was singing "For Good" and
I was an old lady and like all these dogs and cats and you know, with their owners,
I would just die. I just love animals, I just love them. And I love children too, those
who can't speak for themselves. Just, it kills me, I cannot, if I see a St. Jude commercial,
I am like [ crying ] here is $70,000. I won't be able to eat but I don't care. [ laughter
] I just can't if someone's been abused or hurt or can't help themselves, I just can't,
I know everybody is the same, it's not like I am special in this belief, but that would
be my moment. Thank you for asking me that, that was an
incredible moment for her to see what she has done.
>> Female #5: [Inaudible]
>> Kristin: She did the ugly cry, she did. I was just talking to, I did the Gail King
radio show today and she was saying that that was a very special moment because it forced
Oprah. Who's not always, we may always see her giving but receiving is hard for her.
So she had to receive that and so I was so glad she was able to let loose and see what
she had done, put all these men through college. I mean, "what?" Talk about making your mark
on this world. She is great. Thank you.
>> Lee: We have um, so I guess, kind of coming back to Nashville and when you were in, you
have a film and you are in New York, LA and so I guess that you kind of came back to Nashville.
Was it something that were kind of doing all along? I spent a little time in Murfreesboro
, I went to school in Murfreesboro, actually.
>> Kristin: Oh you did, where? >> Lee: Middle Tennessee State ??
>> Kristin: MSTU right?
>> Lee: Yeah, and I was like "What am I doing here?" after a while. But after you mentioning
>> Kristin: But they have such good food.
>> Lee: There is good food there, there is good food.
>> Kristin: I know.
>> Lee: So how was that for you? Was it a great experience? Do you feel like it was
kind of referring to something familiar?
>> Kristin: I mean, I grew up in a southern state and I grew up singing and hearing that
kinds of music. You know a lot of people on Broadway grew up listening to cast albums
and going to Broadway shoes, or tours and we didn't have that in Broken Arrow. We had
cast albums and I did like Les Mis and the main ones. But I had never heard of, like,
certain shows so I was into country music and gospel music. That was my whole thing
so when I went to do Opryland I feel in love with Nashville and I always said 'One day
I would be back." And I'm twenty years later, um, back in Nashville recording this record.
Someone asked me the other day "Why country, why now?" [ laughs ]
I understood the question cause that is not what I am known for, but since I was this
big, and I am now only this big [laughs ] since this big I wanted to make an album like this.
So I am thrilled to put this country-pop feel into the world and let people know how I grew
up singing and I co-wrote a couple of the songs so I am putting myself out there as
a songwriter, too. Which is very scary, um and it's scary to release an album like this
cause you don't know if it will be accepted, you know. But I know that the product, I am
so proud of the things I got to say, which is you get to do that when you get to make
a record. It's about what you have to say, so, um, Bob Ezrin who did Pink Floyd's 'The
Wall' and Alice Cooper and you name it, he was my producer. I had great songwriters,
the best musicians in Nashville and I just loved my time there. My jeans were so tight
when I left cause I was like "meat and three". They have this thing there like in Oklahoma
too like, ribs or brisket and you get three sides. You can pick macaroni and cheese,
>>Lee: okra >>Kristin: fried okra, I mean it was a smörgåsbord
; it was a festival of eating every day. I loved it so much, um, yeah, I loved Nashville.
[ laughs ]
>> Lee: The food always comes back to Google, pretty good food here at lunch. And so most
people are like "what's the best things about Google?"
>> Kristin: It's the food. Your building is like unbelievable. How many
people work here?
>> Lee: Close to 2,000 I think; 3,000? >>Kristin: Are you joking?
>>Lee: No way! Really? So it used to be-- [laughs]
>> Kristin: I hope you guys like each other. [ laughter ]
>> Lee: There is also enough room, now, so we don't have to see one another.
>> Kristin: You can tell it is a beautiful space.
>> Lee: It's great. Well, thank-you so much for coming. I think we are out of time. Let
everyone please give it up for Kristin Chenoweth. [ applause ]
>> Kristin: Thank-you for having me. Thank-you, guys!