Kristin Chenoweth talks ABC show 'GCB,' being scantily clad (Videos)
Kristin Chenoweth stars in the new ABC drama series "GCB" and told OnTheRedCarpet.com that she has never played anyone "less clothed."
The 43-year-old, who is also a Broadway star and country music singer, plays Carlene Cockburn, an eccentric and snarky housewife who was once ridiculed in high school and now leads the "Good Christian Belles" of her hometown.
"I have never really been less clothed in my career," Chenoweth told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I'm going to have to really work out."
"GCB" is based on Kim Gatlin's 2008 book "Good Christian Bitches." The television show sees Leslie Bibb of "Iron Man" and "Popular" fame playing Amanda Vaughn, a divorced mother and former high school "mean girl."
She moves back to her old neighborhood in Dallas, where Cockburn and the rest of the "GCBs" appear to be hell-bent on ruining her reputation, having remembered how she used to mock them in high school.
Chenoweth, joked about where her character in the show can often be found.
"We're always in bed," she added jokingly alongside co-star David James Elliot, who plays Cockburn's husband, Ripp. "Which is where we're happiest. In fact, don't speak. Just sit there and look pretty."
Chenoweth has starred in other television shows as well as movies and Broadway shows. The talented performer originated the role of Glinda in the musical "Wicked,"which earned her a Tony nomination. She took home the theatre award in 1999 for her role as Sally Brown in "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown."
In 2001, Chenoweth had a short-lived self-titled show called "Kristin," which depicted a woman's troubles breaking into show business. She went on to appear in films such as "Bewitched," "The Pink Panther," "Deck the Halls." In recent years, she had recurring appearances as Olive Snook on the ABC drama "Pushing Daisies" and as April Rhodes on the FOX show "Glee."
'GCB' villain stirs the pot
Chenoweth told OnTheRedCarpet in September 2011 that her "GCB" character "is so fun because she is the villain of the group.
"This cast is so superb," she added. "Yeah, they're Christians, but it shows the more human side of faith, which is fault and humor and hope. It's very real and I can relate, certainly, I went to school and grew up with these women. My character likes to stir the pot a little but of course, pray for everybody too."
"GCB" also stars Jennifer Aspen as Sharon Peacham, a woman who was a high school beauty but is now insecures and acts as Cockburn's lackey. Marisol Nichols plays gossip queen Heather Cruz and Miriam Shor portrays real estate agent Cricket Caruth-Reilly, whose husband Blake, played by Mark Deklin, is gay.
Annie Potts, who played Janine Melnitz in the "Ghostbusters" films, as Vaughn's mother, Gigi Stopper. (Sheck out what the stars of the "Ghostbusters" movies are up to these days)
Chenoweth had a different television project in the works before "GCB" was picked up by ABC. She said in January 2011 that she was working on a pilot with "Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy, telling OnTheRedCarpet.com: "It's really a good idea and it will obviously involve singing and dancing. It'll be geared a little bit more towards older fans, not old people, although I hope old people watch it - that would be me, old people."
The project never made it to air. She told Playbill that she and Murphy "had a timeline" for the pilot and ultimately did not meet it.
Chenoweth and singer Ricky Martin were honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for increasing and promoting equal rights.
"GCB" airs on Sunday, March 4, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Will you tune in? Vote in our poll below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).