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Kristin Chenoweth on Her Emmy Nomination, 'Glee' and 'Wicked' Movie Rumors

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 27th 2009 6:00AM
She's a triple threat, with roles on the big screen ('Four Christmases'), television ('The West Wing') and Broadway ('Wicked,' 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' -- for which she won a Tony award in 1999).

Now, Kristin Chenoweth is a two-time Emmy nominee, honored for her role of Olive Snook on the critically acclaimed -- but recently canceled -- series 'Pushing Daisies.' Where's Ned's magical touch when you need it?

But fans of the pint-sized beauty needn't worry: She's already booked many TV projects, including a Christmas telepic for Lifetime movie, a part on Fox's much-anticipated musical series 'Glee' and a just-confirmed guest spot on 'American Idol.'

Kristin recently chatted with AOL TV about her Emmy nomination, 'Pushing Daisies', 'Glee' ... and that elusive 'Wicked' movie. -- By Andy Scott.She's a triple threat, with roles on the big screen ('Four Christmases'), television ('The West Wing') and Broadway ('Wicked,' 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' -- for which she won a Tony award in 1999).

Now, Kristin Chenoweth is a two-time Emmy nominee, honored for her role of Olive Snook on the critically acclaimed -- but recently canceled -- series 'Pushing Daisies.' Where's Ned's magical touch when you need it?

But fans of the pint-sized beauty needn't worry: She's already booked many TV projects, including a Christmas telepic for Lifetime movie, a part on Fox's much-anticipated musical series 'Glee' and a just-confirmed guest spot on 'American Idol.'

Kristin recently chatted with AOL TV about her Emmy nomination, 'Pushing Daisies', 'Glee' ... and that elusive 'Wicked' movie. -- By Andy Scott.

Congratulations on your Emmy nomination! Where were you when you heard the news?
I was in Canada shooting a movie for Lifetime ['The Twelve Men of Christmas,' premiering this December], and my manager called me the night before and she said "I kind of want to manage your expectations." And I was like "What?" And she was like "Tomorrow's the Emmy nominations." And I said "Oh, that's not going to happen. I'm cool, it's all good." The next morning at 7:30, the phone started ringing and it didn't stop, and I was supposed to be going to work, and I was late that day too because I had to answer the phone. But, boy, I didn't expect that. I was so surprised and so happy.

Do you have a speech prepared in case you win?
No, I never do that, and it's really not because I'm superstitious. I want to be in the moment, and I just always get a little uncomfortable when somebody pulls out a piece of paper and starts reading, because we as the audience just want to see how they feel at that moment. That way, you never have to worry about memorizing anything. You just let yourself enjoy that moment. No matter what I'm doing, if I'm going to speak at anything, I might think of a few things I want to talk about, but I never plan it.

Does your nomination feel bittersweet since it's for 'Pushing Daisies'' last season?
Oh, sure. I really miss the show, I miss the character so much. Yeah, it's bittersweet. But it's really awesome that they remembered us. I think we got five nominations, and that's just something that the Academy and the voters would do that. That's really cool, really special they did that.

Kristin Chenoweth Pushing Daisies'Pushing Daisies' developed a cult following. Why do you think people responded to it so passionately?
I think it's the situations where it's a fantasy world that's all rooted in reality, and I really like that kind of world ... I love it when it's a real situation put in a different world. This is a guy that could bring people back from the dead and decide their fate. And I personally liked the triad of Olive, and Chuck and Ned. He could actually have a real relationship with Olive, and would fight that, because he still loves Chuck. I don't think there's a woman alive that can't relate to not being chosen -- and, by the way, a man too, probably. Everybody's been there. To play that constant battle of a woman who wants what she wants, she's probably used to getting what she wants and she's not getting it. And she loves this person, and she's there, willing and waiting, and he chooses something else. It's complicated, but the attraction is there for both of them, living in that kind of dream world. I just thought it was a good diversion when you live in such a cynical world, and it was nice probably to turn on the television and see something so different, I think.

Is there a storyline you would have loved to develop had there been a third season?
We had set a beginning of a love story with David Arquette, who I absolutely adored working with. I would have liked to have seen that for Olive, and to see how she handles seeing that she could also have a relationship. I also really enjoyed working with Chi McBride, and I think maybe she would have helped him more in the private eye business, and that would have been fun.

Suppose they decide to do a 'Pushing Daisies' movie. Would you be interested?
Well, is the Pope Catholic? I'd be the first one on board, I'd be right there on day one at 6 a.m. happy as a clam. I told Bryan Fuller he'd better write it. I'm going to come get him, I think our fans would love it.

GleeYou're going to be on 'Glee.' What can you tell us about your role?
Her name is April Rose, and she was kind of a deal in high school, in the glee club. Let's just say she makes a return back to high school ... I can tell you it's completely different from Olive, and it's a role that fans haven't seen me in before -- television audiences, I should say. I had so much fun. You just do one episode and you're like "Woo-hoo! That was fun!" It's like coming in and getting a touchdown or making a good pass or something. Also, I love being part of that cast, it's a very special group of people. Brian Murphy, of course, I'm a huge follower. I guess I'm his disciple. I love him, I just think he's so talented. He's like "I kind of wrote this waiting for you." And I was like "I'm there. I'm absolutely there."

Is this a guest spot? Will it be recurring?
I have no idea. I mean, I think they kind of wrote it where it's open. I know that we're all really excited with the episode. I'd love to.

Everybody's already buzzing about the show. What is it about 'Glee' that has people so excited to watch?
I think one thing is that it's a world that not everyone's real familiar with, kind of like 'Pushing Daisies' was, so that makes it different and original. Also, there's a lot of opportunity for people to sing and dance, which I think is great. I think with the success of 'American Idol,' people are saying "Hey, we kind of like that." That makes it different. Also, again, it's rooted in, every person wants something, every person has a dream. But it's never cheesy, and I really love that aspect of it. It's -- I hate to say sardonic because it's really not, but it's so funny. I just love it. I think it's going to do well.

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There's been a lot of talk about a possible 'Wicked' movie. Is it happening?
People ask me that, and, honestly, if it is, I haven't been asked to do it. I have no idea what's going on with that movie. I've heard rumors that Baz Luhrmann's doing it; I've heard rumors that someone else is doing it. I don't even know what's going on. But, obviously, I'd like for them to ask me and I'd like for them to hurry up so I don't play Madame Morble -- that would be fine too, by the way [laughs]. Or a munchkin, that would not make me happy ... I gotta say, lots of times what they do is they run the show for a very long time before they ever do the movie. They did that with 'Phantom' and 'Chicago' and 'Dreamgirls,' so I really could play Madame Morble by the time it comes out.

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    Kristin Chenoweth stops by Treesje launch at Kitson on August 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - August 1, 2009 Los Angeles, CA United States August 1, 2009 Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.com To license this image (58032765), contact WireImage.com

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    Kristin Chenoweth stops by Treesje launch at Kitson on August 1, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - August 1, 2009 Los Angeles, CA United States August 1, 2009 Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage.com To license this image (58032758), contact WireImage.com

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 08: (L-R) Kristin Chenoweth, Harry Connick, Jr. and Julia Roberts attend the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth;Julia Roberts;Harry Connick;Jr.

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 08: (L-R) Kristin Chenoweth, Harry Connick, Jr. and Julia Roberts attend the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth;Julia Roberts;Harry Connick;Jr.

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Kristin Chenoweth and Julia Roberts attend the celebration of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Association of Hole in the Wall Camps) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth;Julia Roberts

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    Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 65th annual Theatre World Awards at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on June 2, 2009 in New York City. 65th Annual Theatre World Awards Samuel J. Friedman Theatre New York, NY United States June 2, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57588829), contact WireImage.com

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    Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 65th annual Theatre World Awards at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on June 2, 2009 in New York City. 65th Annual Theatre World Awards Samuel J. Friedman Theatre New York, NY United States June 2, 2009 Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage.com To license this image (57588823), contact WireImage.com

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    Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends Los Angeles Times' 2009 Festival of Books at UCLA on April 25, 2009 in Westwood, California. Los Angeles Times' 2009 Festival of Books - Day 1 UCLA Westwood, CA United States April 25, 2009 Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.com To license this image (57284689), contact FilmMagic.com

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends the 14th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA on April 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: Actress Kristin Chenoweth attends a signing for her book 'A Little Bit Wicked' at the 14th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at UCLA on April 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kristin Chenoweth

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What shows are you watching on TV right now?
Right now I'm getting caught up on 'Lost'. That's a fantastic show. I love '24'. I also love 'The Dog Whisperer. And TLC has a show called 'My Shocking Story'. It's about people who have really crazy diseases that like 5 people in the world have, like half man half tree. It's a sick part of my personality that people don't understand. But I think I'm just so fascinated with what makes people different. And I love 'American Justice', because I love crime shows. It has to be the real kind, it can't be like 'CSI', although I have nothing against 'CSI'. Oh! And any 'Real Housewives'.

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