A Minute With: Kristen Chenoweth on her new show "GCB"

Wed Feb 29, 2012 2:00pm EST
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tony Award winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth, returns to prime time television with "GCB" (Good Christian Belles), portraying a Botox-injecting Bible blogger, Carlene Cockburn.

The once ugly duckling is living a picture perfect life until former nemesis, Amanda, returns to their hometown of Dallas, Texas, and that's where the laughs begin.

Chenoweth, star of film, TV and stage, also recently released a country album, "Some Lessons Learned," featuring songs by Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Lady Antebellum's, Hillary Scott.

Reuters spoke to Chenoweth about her new series, which premieres on ABC March 4, Christianity, and why she loves Dallas.

Q: First of all, what the heck does GCB stand for?

A: "'Good Christian Belles' ... our show is less about religion and more about how women handle the good and evil in their lives and how they handle each other."

Q: How did you prepare for colorful Carlene Cockburn, who lives by the adage, "Cleavage makes your cross hang straight?"

A: "It was really important for me to portray someone who had been bullied and who had been hurt. Now that she's redone herself, and I mean 'redone' herself, she's been the queen for a while and now that same bully is back in town and has changed. And like so many of us, we don't believe that people can change and forgiveness is very difficult. That's what this show deals with: forgiveness, friendship, love and kindness. I think Carlene struggles with wanting to be a good Christian, rather than letting Amanda really have it."   Continued...

Kristen Chenoweth arrives for the TV Guide Emmy Awards afterparty in Hollywood, California September 21, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Avery