By Jeffrey Epstein
I like to imagine a little lesbian tension between Elphaba and Glinda in the show.
A lot of academics think that. Joe [Mantello, the show�s openly gay director] basically calls it a love triangle. I think it�s a platonic love. But I do think female-female relationships are complicated. Women are complicated. They get very deep and very intensely intimate with their relationships. For sure that�s a formative one.
After hearing your voice back in Reefer Madness, I thought, The gay boys must have always loved her.
I have always had gay men in my life. C�mon, look at me. But more just because they�re more fun than most other people. In theater school I was funny so I hung out with the funny gay guys. The singing thing has been relatively new. SNL is really a straight world. So when I sang, it was just a usable skill for sketches. The fact that I sang all the time just irritated straight people.
I read a quote where you said: �I�m a liberal in a liberal�s body.�
I played Liddy Dole way back on SNL. Because I played older conservative women a lot, some reporter asked me if I was a conservative in a liberal body. That�s what that was a response to. Now it�s so horrifying to me. I was born and bred a liberal hippie girl. I am practically a registered socialist.
I�m assuming that liberalism includes gay rights.
Everybody has the right to be legally bound to the person they love. As a straight person there�s a great validity to marrying someone. It enrages me. Beyond. That kind of rage where I can�t even talk about it.
On a less political note, how long does it take to paint you green each night�and how long to wash it off?
It takes about half an hour to get on. And I shower after the show, but I�m always pretty green along the hairline.
Wicked has some pretty dedicated fans. What�s the most unusual encounter you have had with one of them?
Actually Reefer Madness fans sent me lingerie backstage. There�s a line about �he sends me lingerie� so they sent me lingerie�and cigarettes.