Saturday, November 24, 2007

My Weekend Crush

How cute is Kristin Chenoweth? So cute that in this week’s episode when she brandished a knife while threatening “Don’t make me cut a bitch!” I think I actually squealed. Out loud. Like a little girl. Since I’m on the wrong coast to be a big Broadway fan, I had never experienced Kristin at length before “Pushing Daisies.” In fact the most I knew about her was from “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” where the character of Harriet Hayes (played by the equally brilliant, not to mention gay, Sarah Paulson) was based on her. On Daisies, Kristin’s Olive Snook is so disarmingly adorable you can’t help but fall in love. She is pocket-sized perfection -- pretty, petite, perky. Plus, she tends to wear low cut tops. Hey, I’m only human.

Now normally I don’t go for the overly perky type. Kelly Ripa and company are high on my list of people I’d never want to get stuck in an elevator with. But with Kristin, underneath the perky is untold depth. In a few episodes she has turned the cheerily love struck Olive into a rich, not to mention hilarious, character. And from everything I’ve read and seen about the woman herself, she is just as delightfully kooky and charming. OK, sure, she recorded a Christian album and there was that unfortunate “700 Club” club appearance. But she later apologized and called Pat Robertson and his ilk “scary.” She has been unquestionably great to her large gay fan base and fully supports gay marriage. I mean, a woman who names her dog after Madeline Kahn could never be all bad. And I haven’t even gotten to her voice. Sweet Lord, her voice. And at 4 foot 11 she is finally a woman I could tower over. OK, fine, “tower” may be an overstatement. Happy weekend, all.

8 comments:

Amanda said...

I fell in love with her two years ago when I went through my musical phase (Wicked). It's hard to decide between her and Idina... it really is.
She's also amazing on the soundtrack of You're a Good Man Charlie Brown music which she won a Tony for.

Anything this woman does is great. Law and Order was big for her and I love it whenever Ellen has her on the show. Sooo funny. She tries to teach Ellen how to sing opera and to "breath from your hoo-hoo" Fantastic

Anonymous said...

I met her once: you'd think it would be impossible to fit that much energy, happiness, and just-plain-NICE into once person. Good choice!

Edie said...

And don't forget those persistent rumours about her and Idina Menzel :D

Colleen said...

Dorothy, girl, you know how to pick'm. If you ever have a chance to see her in concert, RUN, don't walk. She's hilarious, brilliant, vulnerable, versatile and adorable all at once. And don't worry, she doesn't go heavy with the God stuff. Seeing her do "Glitter and Be Gay" in person ranks up there in one of the most memorable performances ever. I mean, who can swing pearls around their neck while singing opera?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feh-qea54GE

Anonymous said...

Her dog's full name is Madeline Kahn Chenoweth. Fab.

Sophie said...

Wow, I have the Wicked soundtrack that features her (I watched it in the UK) ... but I had no idea she looked like that. {swoon}

Chen said...

Hi, I'm new, and Israeli, and I got here to see L word season 6 spoilers but then there was Tina Fey, and Kristin Chenoweth and I figured I might as well stick around.
I had my first "meeting" with Kristin while watching Pushing Daisies also, but as a devoted Broadway fan, I went and explored Wicked, and some other great stuff she had done. Wicked is totally worth your while, especially since you might discover some new great things like the amazing Idina Menzel, who also had her time as a gay character in Rent. And of course, you get to see the perky Kristin as Glinda the good. Priceless :)
Thanks for writing, like your style and taste.

re646 said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXS0nEOx_20
love her XDDD