On this episode of Straight Up with Stassi, Stassi and Kristin Chenoweth basically become best friends. Here’s what happened.
“In high school I was kind of a nerd.”
Let it be known that Stassi was the President of her Drama Club in high school (she spent half of her time going to performing arts school and the other half to a regular high school) and she also listened to Wicked on repeat. So basically, meeting Kristin was a big fucking deal.
“If you would have told my 15-year-old self that one day I would be bonding with Kristin Chenoweth, I would never have fucking believed you,” Stassi says. “Ever.”
“This is not real.”
As soon as the two sit down together, Stassi tells Kristin, “You are a little Barbie doll. Your face is perfect.”
“Takes one to know one,” Kristin laughs.
Stassi kicks things off with a hard hitting question.
“I want to know what it’s like to know that you physically affect people’s bodies by, like, how psychotically talented you are,” she says. “Like people get goosebumps when they hear you sing. Do you ever think about that?”
“I can’t even—what? This is not real,” Stassi says. “I’m so starstruck and I can’t believe that I’m here.”
Stassi brings up the fact that Kristin has just released her sixth (sixth!) album.
“The fact that I even get to have a label and make the music that I love so much from a time that I feel is not being as represented as I’d like anymore—I’m honored that the label said, ‘Yeah! You want to sing songs from the thirties and forties with an orchestra? Go.’”
“I do try to live my life in somewhat of an elegant way,” Kristin says. “One too many cosmos does make it go the other direction but…”
“Really? ‘Cause I feel like I’m better when I have one too many cosmos,” Stassi says. “That’s when I’m peaking.”
“And a cosmo is a very elegant drink, let’s be honest,” Kristin laughs.
Stassi also brings up the fact that Kristin is doing a show on Broadway.
“I guess you could say it’s [a check off the] bucket list, getting to go into the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre and do my concert for two weeks on Broadway,” Kristin says. “I feel grateful. That’s the word: Grateful. And shocked.”
“But this is the thing,” Stassi says. “I know that I feel like I tricked all of you into being here, like I don’t know why people listen, but you are somebody that could never feel like, ‘How did I get here?’ because you’re so talented. It’s something you can’t argue. No one could argue with your talent. It’s a universal thing.”
“I’ve worked my butt off,” Kristin says.
“Kristi, you do not have a muffin top.”
The ladies get to talking about cookies, and Kristin shares a trick for saving calories with Stassi.
“You take the cookie—especially in New York, you know how everything is thick… thick sandwiches, thick hamburgers, and in the South we don’t get that as much—you cut half of it off. Sort of like a muffin top.”
“I have one too, girl, just watch me lean over, there it is,” Kristin says.
“Seriously? Can I call you Kristi?” Stassi asks. “Because I read that people call you Kristi. It will just make me feel like we’re besties.”
“I wish you would call me Kristi,” she says.
“Kristi, you do not have a muffin top,” Stassi says. “I can’t even with you right now. Do you work out? Do you diet?”
“I have a bad habit, and I think it’s important to say this. Sometimes when I’m stressed, I don’t eat like I should. And I’m working on that. And also, when we’re really really busy, you sometimes think [eating] is not the most important thing, but as women especially, don’t forget to eat. Because it does catch up with you later, in your bones and in your health.”
“Now, between doing live shows, singing, movies, and TV, what’s been your fav?” Stassi asks. “You have to pick one, because I know most people are like, ‘But I love it all!’ If God came down with a gun and was like, ‘Hey, you only have one last project that you can work on,’ what would it be?”
“It would be concerts, because I’m not doing a role,” Kristin says. “I’m doing music I’ve chosen for a purpose and for my reason. I’m Kristi Dawn Chenoweth singing, and the audience gets to be the other character.”
Kristin also has a jewelry line for HSN, which Stassi asks her about. When Kristin asks what ring size Stassi is and Stassi says 5 or 6, Kristin literally gives her an arrow shaped ring off of her own finger.
“It’s from my town, Broken Arrow,” Kristin says.
“This is the most special thing I’ve been given,” Stassi says.
“Oh Stassi!” Kristin laughs.
“No, it’s from you!” Stassi explains. “You don’t understand, as someone who was obsessed with musical theater growing up, if you would have told me ten years ago that I would be interviewing you, and that you would know who I am, that’s… it’s…”
“Girl, I’ve talked to you from my bed while you’re on TV,” Kristin laughs. “Basically, I’m a 20-years-older version of Stassi.”
Stassi sighs in shock.
“Do I just cut this right now?” she asks. “Should I just never do a podcast episode ever again? I feel like my wedding’s not even going to be this fun, not that I’m close to getting married because I don’t even have a boyfriend.”
“Do you have any single advice?”
“How long have you been single?” Stassi asks.
“You are talking to the wrong girl. I was a runaway bride twice,” Kristin says.
“At the altar?”
“Not that close, but close,” she explains. “I’ve had some good men in my life, but to have a boyfriend and nurture it, you have to be in one place, and you have to be with a strong man who can handle the little success I have.”
“I’m sorry, the ‘little success?’” Stassi interjects.
“You know what I mean,” Kristin says. “The person has to be able to be okay with me coming and going and being confident in who they are. And it’s hard. So my advice is, I’m living proof that you just don’t settle.”
Also, both ladies have never had a one night stand.
“I knew we were soulmates,” Stassi says. “I think I’m a little too chickenshit.”
“Me too,” Kristin agrees.
“We should, like, go out together next time and be like, ‘We are going to have one night stands tonight, I’ll find someone for you and you’ll find someone for me,’” Stassi proposes.
“Fine, let’s do it,” Kristin says.
“People are just going to want threesomes though,” Stassi warns.
“And, scene,” Kristin laughs. “We’ll just get some chocolate chip cookies and call it a day.”