Kristin Chenoweth On Music, Gays & Michele Bachmann

I love Kristin Chenoweth. Always have since I first heard as Sally on the Broadway cast recording of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Seriously, she can say or do anything and you can’t dislike her. Maybe it’s her voice, how cute she is, I don’t know, but she’s awesome. Kristin recently talked to Pride Source about her life now, being from the south, love of gays and how she feels about Michele Bachmann. Read on for some highlights from the article.

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  • On returning to Glee: “I don’t know! Nobody’s mentioning it, so I’m hoping it happens. I certainly love her. She’s so fun to play.”
  • On her new country album: It’s so funny, because I get asked, “Why a country album now?” But that’s how it all began for me – and, of course, why would anyone know that? It’s not something I’ve been talking about a lot, but it’s the music I grew up listening to. I know just how lucky I am to do this kind of music.
  • On Michele Bachmann’s “Pray the Gay Away” Stance: “Um, you know what – you can have your opinion. One of the great things about being in this country is we get to freely say what we believe. I just don’t happen to agree with that. I like the pray part! (Laughs)”
  • What truly pisses her off: “(Laughs) Oh gosh. I don’t really get mad that often. But I’m not going to lie, when I do, there’s a quiet that comes over me that is a little like whoa, and that happens when I don’t feel other people are prepared or doing their job or pulling their weight. I come from a family where my dad came from nothing and worked hard to get where he is, and he said, “Work hard, play hard, Kris,” and I guess that’s kind of been my motto in life. So when I see people squandering opportunities or having a sense of entitlement, that really makes me crazy. Because I don’t understand it. It’s not a world I get.”
  • On her response to the Newsweek article stating that gay men can’t play straight: “To be honest with you, I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen. I was on Broadway doing “Promises, Promises,” and I read the article and I actually thought it was pretty irresponsible. I’m not even talking about whether a person agrees with being gay or not, I’m talking about artistry and gay actors trying to play straight. It just made me mad, because I thought, “Well, I’ve played a prostitute, does that mean I am one? No.” I just thought it was a little bit of a bullying thing, and I honestly prayed about it – no kidding, I prayed about it. I wrote that letter in one fell swoop and I gave it to a good friend of mine to proofread, because the last thing I wanted to do was sound like an idiot, which I can do as well. So we sent it on and the next thing I know, they printed it. And by the way, I’m a big fan of the magazine, which is why I was so bummed. But I think that they felt bad and hopefully there’s been some discussion about it and some learning, because that’s what we’re here to do on this Earth, to learn our purpose. Well, one of my purposes in this life is – since I’m a believer and I’m a Christian – to help people realize that not every Christian thinks that being gay is a sin.”