By Jeffrey Epstein
She�s a sassy, Tony-winning belter who holds her own opposite Pamela Anderson on the Fox sitcom Stacked. So it�s no surprise that we are fans of Marissa Jaret Winokur, who drew national attention when taking on the role of Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway production of Hairspray. We got a minute to gush with the diminutive diva.
Out: So, the gays love you.
Marissa: I love the gays! They�re the best. If I could have any audience, it�d be the gays because they�re loyal forever.
I know it was a while back, but I still remember your Tony acceptance speech, where you said �If a 4-foot-11 chubby New York girl can be a leading lady in a Broadway show, and win a Tony, anything can happen!�
I didn�t thank any of the people I was supposed to thank. I thanked the people I saw and then I was just overcome with emotion. It was crazy. It was completely surreal. I always said that I didn�t really beat Bernadette [Peters, who was also nominated]. It was just that the voters really wanted Tracy to win, you know. I think I was fine, and the show was great, but I really think the voters wanted Tracy to continue on with winning. I don�t think they even saw Marissa.
Somehow I doubt that. And your speech was empowering for people who feel like outsiders.
Growing up, I personally never felt like I am an outsider, but then while I was doing Hairspray, it was like There are so many people that are discriminated against for being heavy! I never felt like I was, but that�s just because I�m a crazy girl who thinks of myself as a tall skinny girl�a tall skinny blonde girl! But doing Hairspray really showed me that there are so many young girls and so many gay men and any minority that were writing me letters. I didn�t set out to be a role model at all.
Let�s talk a little about Stacked, where Pamela Anderson works at a bookstore.
I pretend to make coffee on Stacked, which is pretty weird. I learned how to use the machine, but then once we started shooting, I am not allowed to use the machine because it makes too much noise. So I literally go back there and I pretend to press buttons and I feel like a total asshole. I am totally miming it. All week long, I have fun with the cast and I totally go in their scenes and I, like, sit down with Christopher Lloyd. When it�s camera-blocking day, they�re like, �Oh, no. You can�t go over there because you�re blocking the camera.� So I�m like, �I�ll just go stand behind�and make coffee.� Camera-blocking day is my least favorite day. The cast is so much fun. I have such a great time with Pamela. She�s everything you want her to be. Her clothes are always cool and she just wears white all the time�and she�s so nice and no crazy entourage. She so doesn�t have that in her life, which I would expect her to have and she doesn�t. She is always doing something for some foundation.
Pamela�s also got quite a gay following.
I want to be her� Everybody wants to be her! I can�t imagine a gay man out there that�s not like, �Wait, I want to be Pamela Anderson.� I do, too. She�s amazing; she�s absolutely amazing.
And what do you have coming up?
I want to be doing more romantic comedies where I�m the romantic lead. That�s what we�re in the process of developing. I didn�t realize how long things take. Things are always developing. I think Stacked is a lot of fun and I love working on it, but I want to be doing good old-fashioned romantic comedies with me doing the lead girl and not having to do with weight.
Would you do another Broadway show?
If there were another show, I would go back tomorrow, but there are only so many Broadway shows that are amazing. I don�t think one�s coming along very soon that�s like Hairspray for me.
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