By Out.com Editors
The star of Broadway (Wicked), TV (The West Wing), and movies (Bewitched, The Pink Panther), Kristin Chenoweth is a talented bundle of surprises and a devout Christian. Promoting her new CD, As I Am, she took time out to explain herself to us.
Musto: Hi, Kristin. Your CD really takes your voice to new places.
Chenoweth: It�s actually old places, because that�s how I grew up singing!
Will the theater queens embrace it?
When I had my CD signing at Tower, 450 people showed up, and most of them were theater fans. There are a couple of Jesus songs on there, but it doesn�t matter what your faith is�you can enjoy it!
Praise Satan. Are you a Southern Baptist?
Oh, God, no. It didn�t sit with me anymore, so I�m in a nondenominational church in L.A. I grew up Southern Baptist, for sure, but you have to finally reckon with what you believe and how you feel God believes, and it didn�t agree. My parents also separated themselves from it. We�re Christians. We can�t judge people and say who�s going to hell.
Even Pat Robertson? You recently caught flack for going on his homophobic The 700 Club.
It�s given me food for thought for the next time I�m asked to do that show. I�m not a follower of his. His views are diametrically opposed to mine. But on the show I was able to talk about how we as people of faith have to be openhearted to people who believe differently than us. I guess that�s the good that came out of it. If it touched one person, that�s an important message.
Is there someone to blame for booking you?
I have to take responsibility. But I can�t apologize because then I�d have to apologize to the Christian right for playing Annette Bening�s lesbian lover in Running With Scissors. But I won�t do it again.
To read more Kristin, pick up the July issue of Out.
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