Kristin Chenoweth Talks 'The Good Wife' Accident and How It Helped Her Reassess Her Career (Q&A)
Kristin Chenoweth was excited about her new job: A juicy, recurring role on CBS’ The Good Wife playing Peggy Byrne, a political reporter. But all that changed last July when she was filming.
An enormous tarp attached to metal beams suspended 35 feet in the air fell and slammed the diminutive (at 4 feet, 11 inches and 91 pounds) actress to the ground. She was knocked unconscious and awoke to find EMT and co-star Josh Charles attending to her injuries.
“I fell on a curb and suffered a skull fracture and neck and back and rib issues,” the Oklahoma native told Celebuzz. “I’ve been recuperating for eight weeks. So, you can see me do two scenes on The Good Wife, which bums me out but that’s the way life goes.”
How’s Chenoweth doing now and how has the accident changed her?
Although she’s feeling much better she’s still not completely healed. “For the most part, my neck and rib issues are still very prevalent,” she explained.
“My goal is getting back into life and trying to get back to work, but very slowly because I have to wear my neck brace,” she continued. “But, I’m feeling a lot better and thankful to be here.”
The accident forced the actress who has successfully navigated Broadway (Wicked), television (FOX’s Glee and the short-lived GCB on ABC) and movies (The Pink Panther) to reassess her career path and decide what she really wants to focus on. Not surprisingly that turns out to be singing.
“I’ve had a lot of time to think lately,” Chenoweth, 44, told us. “And one of the things that I want to do, that I love so much is singing. I feel like God didn’t give me the gift of math or being a very good driver, but this is my gift so I want to concentrate on that.”
“I’ve always been singing since I can remember, but concert work is so important to me. Obviously, I love TV and movies but I want to get back on that stage, because I do think that’s what I’m supposed to do.”
Celebuzz spoke more with the actress and singer about what life has been like on the mend since her accident and returning to Glee.
Celebuzz: It must have been hard to lie in bed in for two months. Kristin Chenoweth: I hated it. It knocked me out. I’m just glad it’s over. I feel like I’m over the hump. I go at 200 miles per hour and then to go to zero, it’s hard. I thought and thought about all the things you don’t want to think about. But it’s actually been kind of a blessing. I said to my mom, “Why me?” And she said, “Why not you? You’re just like everybody else, you’re human and things happen. You’re not special. It’s just life.” And that kind of helped me when I had that “why me?” thing.
CB: Were there any bible verses that helped you? KC: I have bible verses all over my house. My mom taped some to my closet door, so when I would wake up in the morning I would see them. But, the thing I kept quoting was Dolly Parton who said, “If you want to have the rainbows, you’ve got to put up with the rain.” And that’s kind of where I’m at. You don’t get to have it all great all the time.
CB: Any favorite TV shows while you were laid up? KC: Any of The Real Housewives, Here Comes Honey Boo, and Storage Wars. I love Caroline Manzo from Jersey Housewives. I went on Twitter and I guess I started a Twitter war. I wrote, "I love you Caroline." And she tweeted me back and then all these people started saying, “How dare you like her! She’s bad news. We’re never going to see another show you’re in.” I was like, “What?” People can be mean, because they can hide behind their Twitter name. I’ve gotten very fond of the block button.
CB: Any more Glee appearances planned? KC: They’ve not asked, but I sure did love playing her. She was such a fun part. I love the cast so much.
CB: Did you feel like a mama bear? KC: Very much so and I took on that role because I knew they’re young, they’re starting out and it’s going to be hard because they’ve had such success and you know there are ebbs and flows in this career. I’m especially fond of a couple of them. I don’t know, I just want them all to do well.
The Good Wife Season 4 premiere airs Sunday at 9 PM on CBS.
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