Broadway flipped for her in 1998. Now the music business, TV and Hollywood are all under her spell. Her love life? A work in progress. Actress Kristin Chenoweth shares her own "runaway bride" stories as well as her experiences falling in and out of love. In this questionnaire, she reveals the crazy things she's done (and would do) for love.
In her 20s, Kristin Chenoweth admits, she was "sort of the runaway bride," with two broken engagements. "I just wasn't there," she says. "Now that I'm in my 30s, I think all those experiences that I will prepare me for that man.
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That man will need to appreciate art and music and theater, since Chenoweth's experiences include winning a Tony in the 1998 revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, then creating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the hit musical Wicked.
The classically trained Chenoweth—who sold out Carnegie Hall in 2004—also released her second album, As I Am, last April, and continues this season as media consultant Annabeth Schott on NBC's Emmy-winning series The West Wing. As for Hollywood, she was Nicole Kidman's nosy neighbor in Bewitched, and will be all over the big screen this coming year in The Return of the Pink Panther, Stranger Than Fiction, and Running With Scissors, among other projects.
So it's not like she's been waiting by the phone, for men or magazine covers. But the 37-year-old star was intrigued by the challenge of pioneering the YourTango Questionnaire—and her answers revealed a true romantic. (The girl was born and raised in Broken Arrow, Okla., after all.) "I see myself getting married someday, because I do believe in the institution," she says. "I just haven't found the right person."
YourTango Questionnaire: Kristin Chenoweth
OCCUPATION: Actress, singer.
HOMETOWN: Broken Arrow, Okla.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in musical theater; master's in opera performance
CATCH HER ON: NBC's West Wing, and her latest album, As I Am.
What is the biggest difference between men and women?
Women have to talk everything out but don't need a solution right away. Men have to ?x it.
If you could have one typically male characteristic, what would it be?
The ability to brush things off. Women hold on to stuff.
Most important relationship lesson you've learned?
Not to project what the other person is feeling, and that men can't read our minds. We'd love it if they could, but they can't.
Best compliment you've ever received from a lover?
When I walked into a restaurant and my ex-boyfriend said, "You know, the whole room stops when you enter it."
Craziest thing you've ever done for love?
Flying to meet a boy-friend in another country. He said, "Come," so I went.
Biggest romantic regret?
Flying to meet a boyfriend in another country! The minute I got there, I knew something was wrong—he'd cheated, or something—but I stayed. I hung around long enough to get hurt. I wish I had listened to my heart saying "Go home."
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