Kristin Chenoweth Goes 'GCB'

Kristin Chenoweth Goes 'GCB'

via more.com So long, 'Desperate Housewives.' Hello, 'GCB!' As the women of Wisteria Lane get ready to pack it in, let us introduce you to the new ladies of ABC who are taking Dallas by storm. MORE caught up with the award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, who plays Carlene in this new prime-time series, for the inside scoop. An edited version of our phone interview with her follows. MORE: You star in a new TV show called GCB (Good Christian Belles), which is based on the book Good Christian Bitches. Did you read it? Kristin Chenoweth: I did not read the book. When I read the script, the writer of the show, Bobby Harling, told me it was so loosely based on the book don’t bother reading it. He said he was inventing his own stories. I might, however, read it after we air these 10 episodes. MORE: Would you say this program spoofs the church and Christianity? KC: Spoof might be a good word. The church is just a good backdrop for the show. This series is more about women and how they deal with each other. Yes, they are Christian, but that doesn’t mean you are perfect and always make the right decisions. There won’t be any story lines that make fun of God. MORE: It’s a good thing they changed the name to “Belles” because I don’t associate you with the word bitch. KC: Oh, man, you should see me in the morning. Trust me, I have my moments! MORE: Like before coffee? KC: Exactly! MORE: So if you wanted to be a bitch, you could release it through your character, Carlene? KC: Yes, and don’t think I’m not. I was even thinking, This is for all of the people who were not too kind to me. I will put it all in there. (laughs) MORE: Do you want Carlene to be your heroine? KC: What happened to poor Carlene was she was the ugly duckling and Leslie Bibb’s character, Amanda, gave her a very hard time growing up. Carlene was actually bullied by her. Anyway, Amanda moved away and then reappears 20 years later, after Carlene has had all of this plastic surgery and married a hot guy. Carlene is not too happy about Amanda moving back. Christian or not, she will do things in her own way that you normally wouldn’t. MORE: Who is the hot guy you are getting dirty with on an office desk? KC: My TV husband, James Elliot. A lot of people know him from JAG. MORE: Is he a good kisser? KC: Yeah, plus Carlene will get wild with him! MORE: Is it accurate to say Carlene is a tad shallow because she went under the knife? KC: Carlene is concerned about her looks more than anything. She is actually very insecure, and I think that is why she got this big overhaul. I know, for me, highlighting my hair and getting my nails done makes me feel better. MORE: Is there is a hint of Mean Girls in here too? KC: Yes, but it is also very Southern and very authentic to what is going on in the world today. Having said that, there are also messages of forgiveness, love and friendship in this program. MORE: Another series doing well for ABC is Revenge. Because Carlene is about to come face to face with her bully, is there a splash of payback as well? KC: It will show the human side of Carlene. Because Carlene is close to God, she will wrestle with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other. MORE: You made reference to your character being bullied. Is that something you have ever dealt with? KC: Oh yeah, and in a way, I still deal with it. MORE: How so? KC: People don’t want to hear this, but I read negative things about myself all the time. Or I hear that a celebrity has said something bad about me. Those are hurtful things. MORE: Sticks and stones? KC: The difference is how you are choosing to deal with it. I come from a family of “kill them with kindness.” I look at things in a very Southern way and I turn the other cheek. I also treat others the way we all want to be treated. MORE: Sounds easy. KC: That is not always easy. When someone says something bad about you, you want to say, “Hey, wait a minute!” But, really, there is a lot of power in just forgiving and moving on. MORE: Sounds personal too. KC: It is. This show is a message of hope and looking at things a different way. That is why I am so proud of it. Along with all of the fun surprises, there is also a lot of forgiveness. I hope people can learn from that. MORE: Your character Carlene is part of a clique. Was Kristin ever part of a clique growing up? KC: In high school I really wasn’t. I had friends in every group. I was a cheerleader but I was also in the French club, the choir and the drama club, which can sometimes make you feel displaced. MORE: Do you feel this program is replacing Desperate Housewives? KC: If we have half of the success they do I will be thrilled. That show paved the way for so many shows about women in their thirties and forties, which is very important to me. MORE: And that happens to be More’s demographic. KC: To be sexy, you don’t have to be 20. I also like how, when you're older, you know how to use the lessons you learn and apply them to your life. MORE: Did you ever come face to face with a real-life Amanda? KC: Oh yeah, you bet! There was a girl who wanted to beat me up. I hope she watches the show too. MORE: Payback . . . KC: Yeah. (laughs) MORE: You have won so many awards, including Emmy, Tony and Drama Desk awards, for your incredible talents. Is it safe to say you will be singing on GCB too? KC: Yes. Church lends itself to playing lots of music. MORE: Speaking of music, you are also going on tour? KC: I just released my fourth album in October, and I have never been able to support an album with a full-on tour. May and June will be my first North American tour and I am so excited about it. MORE: Do dish . . . KC: It starts May 9 in Seattle and ends in my hometown of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.