Magazine article Variety

Kristin Chenoweth

Magazine article Variety

Kristin Chenoweth

Article excerpt

Like all good theater vets, Kristin Chenoweth knows how to improvise to get a laugh. While accepting the 2009 Emmy for supporting actress in a comedy for "Pushing Daisies," she tried to make lemonade of the fact that Bryan Fuller's ABC series had bitten the dust. Since she was unemployed, Chenoweth said she'd like to "be on 'Mad Men' and I also like 'The Office' and '24.'" Sadly, none of those shows came calling. But "Glee" did! And she got two guest actress noms for that Fox musical dramedy. whitney friedlander

Did you have a speech prepared?

I remember sitting there when they called my name and thinking, "You have to speak now; you have to talk. You have to make it to the stage." When I was walking to the stage, I remember seeing Drew Barrymore, whom I'd always wanted to meet, and I just waved at her like a weirdo. And I saw Christina Applegate, whom I have lots of love and respect for, and I waved at her. And I'm crying. I just couldn't believe it was happening.

I'm not a big planner of those kinds of things. Maybe I'm superstitious, but I really didn't think I was going to have to talk. I immediately thought I don't have a job on TV now, so I recalled what I'd like to be on. And then I remembered, "oh, you have to thank people."

Who was your date?

I had my best friend, Erin Dilly, as my date. The funny part of the speech is I didn't thank her. I thanked my manager at the time, Danielle Thomas, and they showed Erin. Erin and I have been friends since we did a production of "Babes in Arms" at the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota. …

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