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Kristin Chenoweth Is a 'Good Christian Belle'

by Rae Votta, posted Jun 19th 2011 5:00PM
Kristin ChenowethKristin Chenoweth is returning to TV full time early next year as part of ABC's mid-season comedy 'Good Christian Belles.' In the meantime, the multi-talented actress took time away from her busy schedule this week to visit New York to co-host 'Live! With Regis and Kelly' as well as support Wendy's and their fifth annual Father's Day Frosty Weekend (June 18-19) where 50 cents from every Frosty sold benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. We chatted with Chenoweth about the campaign, plus her role on 'Glee,' her upcoming TV show and her new album.

You're set to star on a new show, 'Good Christian Belles.' What other TV show would you compare it to?
I'm glad I can't think of another show to compare it to. It takes places in a world I haven't seen before on television -- the church. You know all these women no matter what religion you are. And this is a world I know really well, growing up in the Bible Belt.

You work with Annie Potts on 'GCB,' what's she like?
She's a dream come true, exactly the kind, wonderful sweet southern woman you expect her to be. She reminds me of my aunts. I miss all my girls, we filmed the pilot and then we got picked up and we don't start filming again until the end of July.

We know it's easy, but any dream guest stars for the show?
I'm a big fan of Debbie Monk and Shawn McBride, actors who just take stuff and run with it. I also think of my friends like Molly Shannon, it would be fun to work with old friends, but also fun to make new friends.

You're already a hit on another popular TV show, 'Glee.' In the finale Mr. Schue ditches the Broadway production spearheaded by your character April Rhodes. We never get to see her reaction, what did she say to him!?
I would like to know what happened, can you find out for me? (Laughs.) I think she got pretty mad at him, that was her dream! She's such a fun hot mess.

The students in the 'Glee' cast are on tour this summer. Have you had a chance to see them?
I want to but I haven't yet. I'm definitely going to see Dolly Parton at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, plus performing myself in Seattle and Portland.

Speaking or performing, you have an album coming out and a new single with a pretty entertaining video. How was that to make?
I'd make videos for every song, it's so much fun. I think for me a story or a POV in a video is stronger for the kind of entertainer I am.

Any details on what fans can expect from the album?
I wrote a couple of songs for the album, one is a tribute to Dolly Parton called "What Would Dolly Parton Do,' or WWDoubleDs. My album shows fans a side of me they've been waiting for, and hopefully new fans will hear it and go "oh, I didn't know she could do that." I got to do the whole record in Nashville and it was like being home for me.

We had two fan questions. First, they want to know if there's any hope for a 'Pushing Daisies' reunion?
I talk to Brian Fuller on a daily basis and he is always saying he's going to write the movie. Fans should band together and tell him to actually do it! I know we'd all like closure on that.

Another fan wanted to know if youd ever consider doing a Christmas album in character as April Rhodes?
I did a Christmas album as myself last year and it was really special to me. I don't think I'd want to do one as April, but maybe Ryan would let me do a whole album as April. I'd love to see what songs she'd pick to sing.

What's your ideal April Rhodes song?
'Open Arms,' Journey.

What made you excited to work on the Father's Day Frosty Campaign.
I was adopted myself and the Thomas Foundation helps children who need to be adopted and the foster care system in our country. It's an easy and yummy way to help a good cause.

Have you eaten a ton of Frostys this week?
I have! The junior Frostys are really little and a nice treat.

Fans who want to support Father's Day Frosty Weekend can also use the Treat it Forward application on www.facebook.com/frosty , or use the hashtag: #TreatItFwd. A donation will be made, by Wendy's, for each designated tweet or re-tweet made from Treat it Forward.

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"Good christian belle" dont dress like a $10 *****.

June 20 2011 at 7:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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