Five Favorite Films with Kristin Chenoweth

The Family Weekend star also talks film vs. Broadway and why she's drawn to dark comedies.

Kristin Chenoweth first made a dent in the public consciousness as Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, a Broadway smash about the early years of the The Wizard of Oz witches. Since then, she's maintained a healthy career in television, earning praise for her performances in The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, and Glee. She's even become a staple at awards shows, either as a host or, in the case of the 2013 Oscars, as a red carpet interviewer and performer.

In Family Weekend, opening Friday in limited release, Chenoweth plays the snarky mother of a high-achieving teenager who takes her parents hostage to protest their indifference to her life. In an interview with RT, Chenoweth shared her favorite movies, and discussed the differences between working on the stage and screen and why she's drawn to dark comedies.


Steel Magnolias (Herbert Ross, 1989; 65% Tomatometer)

Okay, Steel Magnolias. I have six aunts, and they're all like my mom, and they're all insane, but in a good way. That movie makes me think of them. And I'm also Southern, so it's like, "Mmm, I get it."




The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994; 90% Tomatometer)

I love Shawshank Redemption. Whenever it's on, I have to watch it. I think it's so well written and so well done. I love the story.




Schindler's List (Steven Spielberg, 1993; 97% Tomatometer)

I'm kind of a weirdo; I love prison movies and war movies, which leads me into Schindler's List. I think it really captured a moment in time that we aren't proud of as a human race, and I just think [Steven] Spielberg knocked it out of the park.




Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009; 88% Tomatometer)

I like Inglourious Basterds; it's another one of my top movies. I love [Quentin] Tarantino, and I don't want to say I like violence, but I'm kind of like a dude in a lot of ways.


The Sound of Music (Robert Wise, 1965; 84% Tomatometer)

What was the other one I always watch when it's on? Oh, this is dorky... This says everything about who I am: The Sound of Music. It's just my favorite movie musical, and, I mean, it's the reason I wanted to become a singer and an actress, was because of Julie Andrews and the Von Trapps. That kind of pretty much explains who I am, which is one big fat dichotomy.

RT: It's kind of cheesy in a lot of ways, but you can't help loving it. I always get excited during the part where the nuns have sabotaged the Nazis' car.

KC: They have, like, the carburetor and... [laughs] The nuns are actually some of my favorite parts. I love it. I can't help it. I just can't help it.



Next, Chenowith talks about her new film, the differences of working in film and on stage, and why she's drawn to dark comedies.

Comments

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Basterds! Nice! Shawshank is another good one. Sound of music...eh. I still have yet to see Schindler's List and I don't really care to see Steel Magnolias.

Mar 27 - 04:31 PM

Valmordas

Val Mordas

If you have not seen Schindler's List, stop what you are doing right this moment and go get it. It truly is a masterpiece.

Mar 28 - 07:25 AM

David Tanny

Big Fat Jewish Guy

Yeah, the blu-ray just came out, so I'll be checking it out soon.

Mar 28 - 08:15 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

One of the greatest movies of all time... but damn hard to watch. Seen it once, and so far cannot pull myself to see it again...

Mar 28 - 08:44 AM

Dave J

Dave J

Who would've think Kristin Chenoweth put "Inglorious Basterds" and "The Sound Of Music" almost side by side!

Mar 27 - 04:36 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Thunk, but all good. I wouldn't have guessed myself.

Mar 27 - 07:17 PM

Josh Stoiber

Josh Stoiber

Thought, but all good.

Mar 28 - 01:35 PM

Dani Fenn-Wells

Dani Fenn-Wells

Thunk? Really?

Mar 29 - 01:12 AM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Now that's an interesting mix of classic movie's. Steel Magnolia's and Sound of Music smashed in with Shindler, Basterds and Shawshank. I think I'm in love.

Mar 27 - 04:42 PM

BLaCKWoLF

BLaCKWoLF .

Christina Hendricks will be devastated when she finds out, Big Bro.

Mar 27 - 10:26 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I know, but she married the "When the fuck did we get Ice Cream" guy from The Ringer, so she's off the market. Morena Baccarin is still my #1, then Leslie Mann, Kristen Chenoweth and Christina Hendricks. I know Leslie Mann is married too, but I'm pretty sure that's just for the money.

Mar 28 - 05:41 PM

Dave J

Dave J

Money is always the requirement! The 25 yr old blond married Hugh Hefner was not because he looks like George Clooney!

Mar 28 - 06:36 PM

something s.

something somethingelse

Friggen fantastic list.

Mar 27 - 05:08 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

Nazis, prison, and the tears of women - surprised she didn't pick "Ilsa. She Wolf of the SS".

Mar 27 - 05:14 PM

Wade Tubbs

Wade Tubbs

GREAT list! Inglorious Basterds is one of my personal favorites, also! Shawshank, The Sound of Music, Steel Magnolias, and Schindler's List were all great movies. Fantastic list.

Mar 27 - 06:08 PM

Typhon

Typhon Q

Surprised to see Inglorious Basterds on there...

Mar 27 - 06:50 PM

Dick Travis

Mick Travis

Thunk, but all good. I wouldn't have guessed myself.

Mar 27 - 07:17 PM

Josh Stoiber

Josh Stoiber

Thought, but all good.

Mar 28 - 01:35 PM

Dani Fenn-Wells

Dani Fenn-Wells

Thunk? Really?

Mar 29 - 01:12 AM

Spirit Bear

Martin Tam

nice movie choice..I'm a big fan of war movies and prison movies too.

Mar 27 - 07:40 PM

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