Kristin Chenoweth is not your typical star, as her voice is unique — and strong! But when she was younger, she thought that would hurt her, not help her.
"I grew up thinking, 'I'm so short, I'll never make it. I sound like I've drank helium!' But these are things that made me different, which is probably one of the keys to my success. The things that make you different are the things that makes you different. I just made up that up. I am now going to say that to all my students! I do masterclasses all over the world and that's what I am going to tell them," the the 55-year-old, who is stepping into her latest role as Command™ Brand’s Partner-in-Cheer to launch a nationwide sweepstakes offering consumers a chance to win a Command™ Brand Cheer Package stuffed with everything needed to bring big decorating energy into the season and $25,000 to make the holidays a little brighter, exclusively tells Morning Honey.
From starring on Glee to Wicked, the blonde beauty has made her mark in Hollywood — something she wasn't sure would ever happen when she was younger. "I think, 'How lucky am I?' I know I am not for everybody, and I am not trying to be," she declares. "There was a time I didn't understand that, but at this point, I'm just myself and authentic. I am lucky enough to hear 'your music changed my life' or 'your music was there for me when my mom died.' With that, there's enough good that makes me so happy and feel like this is exactly where I am supposed to be."
"When I first made it big, the internet was kind of new and people starting having a whole debate about my voice. Some people hated it and found it annoying, but I was devastated," she recalls. "I thought, 'This is what I've trained my whole life to do.' But I quickly learned unless you want to live your life in the corner, you have to be yourself."
Though the actress' dreams have come true over the years, she is thrilled to be producing her next Broadway show, called The Queen of Versailles. "I am doing it with Bill Damaschke, and it is based on a documentary movie. I also got to reunite with Stephen Schwartz, who composed Wicked. I love the story, and I am learning so much as a producer," she gushes. "I've looked at women like Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez who have done their own thing and who made it seem possible for me. Now, it seems possible for somebody else!"
She adds, "I can't wait to get back on Broadway. I haven't been back since 2015. That's my home and where it all started for me. There's nothing like a live audience."
Chenoweth is also looking forward to having some downtime with her loved ones, including her husband, Josh Bryant, whom she married in September, which is why it made perfect sense for her to step into the role as the Command™ Brand’s Partner-in-Cheer.
"I have done five Christmas movies, which seems crazy to me. I don't know if I have Christmas written across my forehead, but it's better than anything else I could have done," she notes. "I love it. I am partnering with Command™ Brand to show how easy the holidays can be with their products. We are celebrating merrymakers in people's lives. My mom is a merrymaker. She's the center of our family and spreads light and love and joy at the holidays."
Part of Chenoweth's job is to help launch a nationwide sweepstakes, offering consumers a chance to win a Command™ Brand Cheer Package stuffed with everything needed to bring big decorating energy into the season and $25,000 to make the holidays a little brighter. "People need to follow Command™ Brand on Instagram and then tag a merrymaker in the comments of the pinned post. You wait a month and the brand will announce who the winners are. They can get a big cash prize or Command™ Brand products, which is amazing to make anyone's life easier during Christmas," she explains.
"I've been using all of Command™ Brand's products since college. Whether you're decorating like crazy or cooking, the products are super helpful," she concludes.