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"I think I take more chances on stage than I do in real life, but you can't learn anything if you don't challenge yourself... if you love to perform then you have no choice, just keep training and focus on the words or the music whenever you find yourself slipping back inside yourself. You're not doing anyone any favors if you withhold your talents from the world."
"We have this strength inside of us, and yet we are taught to always keep it down. I found in my life that I've taken a step back and made myself smaller in order to try to fit in, and that hasn't worked. We have to learn to kind of embrace what makes us unique, and embrace our strength - and then if people don't like it, fuck it."
"Well I’m someone who comes from musical theater, and constantly people go, ‘I like your show but I really don’t normally like musicals.’ And I just wanna be like, ‘why can’t we all just get back to the time, once you’ve said everything you can say and you still have all this emotion, you just can't help but burst into song. It's a beautiful thing. It's like singing in the rain. We do it in the shower- everybody does it. I just do it for a living."
"I have to fight that on tour," she says. "I'm 37-years-old, and I don't want to have to censor myself. I can sometimes be a little crass. I'll curse or make a sexual joke and there might be a 12-year-old girl there with her mom who's traveled four hours to the gig. So I'll say: ‘Sorry, mom, hold her ears' and keep going! Being a role model is about being true to myself."
"It has always been the strangest experience. Our lives were all transformed in so many wonderful ways, but Jonathon wasn't around for any of it. That always grounded me and gave me a sense of perspective. Whenever I'm too caught up in myself or in something superficial, I remind myself that it's because of Jonathan Larson that I am where I am today."
"Be yourself. I know that sounds cliché, but we all have seriously quirky things about us that may make us feel like an outsider or different, but those are the things to really celebrate. They're what make us unique."
"I try to be very autobiographical in my writing. I find that I get the best response to my music when I've been specific about my own life. If I try to skirt around issues and get too poetic, it gets too abstract and people can't relate. I try to be truthful about my life. I don't feel that I'm necessarily some incredibly profound songwriter, but I do have a voice that can be powerful and can make people feel something. I am not trying to impress people with esoteric language and ideas, I want to relate to them and their humanity and speak to someplace inside them. I struggle with my own spirituality in my life. I question my own beliefs and that comes across lyrically. I also sing about my personality flaws such as being an unopinionated person or a waiverer."
“It’s not easy being green, no. It’s fun to put it on, it gets you into character. But getting it off after a two show day, you just want to go out for dinner and I can’t get out of my skin! And I’d go out to a black tie event and somebody would go ‘oh honey you have a little green back here behind your neck’. Or once when Matt Damon came, someone I totally have a crush on, and these stars never want to wait too long backstage because then they have to sign all these autographs for people, so I’m like in the shower scratching my skin trying to get the green off so I could present myself to my love, my secret love, without the green make-up on.”
“I knew people were going to say that because they know me from the theatre, but there’s so many famous incredibly inspiring pop and rock artists that haven’t been on Broadway or the West End that are very theatrical, like Annie Lennox, like David Bowie, like Freddie Mercury, Peter Gabriel. It’s about being really honest, about being really emotional and passionate with your voice. That’s why I bring up those people, they have huge ranges, big voices, you know? They’re real singers. They don’t apologize for that and I didn’t want to have to apologize for having a big voice.”
“I love that there’s a young generation of people that connect with the shows I’ve been in and are finding themselves somewhere in these characters, that’s a real honor.”
"[Taye] is very much glass half-full, he's always believed that he was going to do something important with his life, not in a conceited way, just that his self-esteem is better."
"I was the kid who, in the car on the way to the beach in the summer, if a song came on the radio, was the only one not singing. I didn't want all my friends to feel that I was trying to upstage them. You're always so afraid of standing out when you're young."
"When I'm in them theatre, I'm 'that rock chick', and in rock music, I'm 'the theatre girl'. Talk about falling through the cracks."
“I have always had a hard time getting out of my own way and sabotaging my own happiness. I have such amazing people in my life who love and support me, but I still have a hard time believing in myself. You have to surround yourself with people that are going to be honest with you and tell you where you are at and love you unconditionally. I am lucky to have that with my husband [Taye Diggs] and my family and friends.”
“There’s always a vulnerability and a risk you take when you sing your own music, your own words. But I think there’s a risk you take just being an artist because you always have to put yourself out there whether you’re in character or not.”
“More than awards, though, it’s the success of Wicked all over the world that gives me the most satisfaction. The idea of originating a role in a show that’s recognised internationally, that resonates this beautiful message with people in so many different languages … that’s something I’m very proud to have been a part of.”
“Wicked truly changed my life, it afforded me so many new opportunities. And I fell in love with the character. There were a lot of similarities with Elphaba and how I feel about myself and my own life - learning to come out of myself, learning what makes me different in the world and celebrating that.”
“I'm just really looking forward to getting out there and seeing them during the summer and doing our show and connecting with my fans. That's really what it's all about, performing for me, whether it be my own music or being on a Broadway stage or in front of a camera.”
“I've worked on other great shows, but Rent and Wicked so resonate with people and affected the way they think about themselves and how these young people are growing up and treat each other. Whether it's about sexuality or about being the "green girl," the person that doesn't fit in, or whatever it is… I feel like, for some reason, I feel like I'm on that path.”
(when asked about her Tony award in 2004)
“Honestly, I remember most the look on my husband [Taye Diggs]'s face. He was just so proud. I remember he had tears in his eyes. That morning I tried to take a yoga class to kind of get centered. I was really nervous. I hadn't written a speech because I honestly didn't think I was going to win. My agent wrote me an email that day. She wrote, "Please don't be your self-deprecating self and not be prepared. Please write a speech. There's a chance you could win." I left yoga early because I couldn't concentrate. I went home and I just had a little meltdown. Taye was trying to take a nap before all of the craziness ensued. I lay down with him, and I remember just crying and literally snotting all over his bare chest. And I thought, "This is true love, you know?" I said, "Honey, everybody's telling me to write a speech, but I don't want to because if I don't win, I got my hopes up and I don't want to get my hopes up." He said, "Who cares? Let's get our hopes up, and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen." So we spent a day of our hopes being up, and you can get over that. He said, "Who do you want to thank?" He took me through it, and we verbally went through my speech. He was so proud that night that when I won I actually hit all the points that he helped me with that morning. He said, "I don't know if I could have done that under the nerves and the adrenaline and remembered everything." That's what I remember the most is him doing everything right that day. He let me be me and have my cry, and he was really supportive. The other thing I remember is when they were reading off the [nominees'] names and they read Donna [Murphy]'s name, I was smiling, and he leaned over into my ear and he said, "If they don't read your name, the smile you have on your face now is perfect for when the camera hits you. Just keep that smile, it looks very good." And I looked at him and I was like, "Like this?" and he was like, "Yeah, just keep that if you don't win."
“I don't get rid of my nerves. I just try to embrace them and channel them and focus on the person in front of me. Sometimes nerves can get the best of us, but sometimes we can do the unexpected and have a real spontaneous and idiosyncratic moment.”
“I'm a really bad rapper, but I really love to do it.”
(about taye ♥)
“He's the kind of guy that becomes friends with the girl first, and snuggles, and then gets you to answer all his questions about ex-boyfriends, so when you're finally married, you want to kill yourself for telling him all your private stuff.”
“Things happen for a reason, and in their own time.”
“I knew why I fell through the trapdoor, it was because you always thought the witch should die.”
"There's a stigma about Broadway actresses going into the pop world," she says. "I had to show the label I was serious, so I really put my heart and soul into it. It's not every day a Broadway singer goes on a tour bus with 10 other guys."
(when asked about the theme of "I Stand")
“I didn’t set out to include one, but when I look back, it's sort of about trying to be authentic and in the moment. I was kind of struggling with who I was and trying to confront my insecurities. So I guess it's about wanting to live life in a rich, fulfilling way and not letting the moment pass.”
(when asked about 'Gorgeous')
“It's universal, though -- maybe you love someone your parents don't approve of. It's not about vanity -- not about my gorgeous husband. It's about being true to yourself and realizing that all love is beautiful and worthwhile.”
(on writing Still I Can't Be Still)
"Reliving some of my past was very painful, but I wanted this album to be as real as possible."