Kristin Chenoweth is one of the most beloved films, stage and television stars of the 20th and 21st centuries. She is perhaps best well known for her work in music and theater—such as her role as the first Glinda in the now-hit musical Wicked—due to her easily recognized singing voice. But in addition to her work on the stage and in the music industry, she has also done plenty of work on television. How do her TV roles measure up? Let’s look at the best of Kristin Chenoweth’s TV work.
Annabeth Schott in The West Wing
Kristin Chenoweth joined The West Wing for seasons six and seven as Annabeth Schott. Annabeth was the Deputy Press Secretary for Media Relations, who–despite her talent for speaking–was always anxious when she was required to conduct a formal press briefing. The character resigned from her White House position at the end of season 6 in order to help Leo McGarry in the Democratic Convention 2006 running. She and Leo shared a somewhat romantic tension, although it was mostly one-sided.
Kristin’s organic, funny and even heartfelt performance as the nervous but ambitious Annabeth have led her character to be one of the most memorable supporting roles in the series.
Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies
Kristin’s role in the cult-favorite Pushing Daisies is perhaps her most memorable and most well received. Kristin won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy series for her performance as Olive Snook. In the show, Olive is a waitress who falls in love with Ned, the protagonist, but who is often thwarted in her attempts to pursue a romantic and serious relationship with him. At the end of the series, she begins a new relationship with a new character, a taxidermist, to signify that she is finally able to move on from her one-sided love.
Carlene Cockburn in GCB
The short-lived show GCB (Good Christian Bitches–a title which was quickly changed to Good Christian Belles) premiered on ABC in 2011-2012, although it was cancelled after only one 10-episode season. Kristin played Carlene Cockburn, the show’s main antagonist, who attempts to ruin the life of Amanda Vaughn, who has returned to her home town. Kirstin turned in a catty, fun performance in a show that ended too soon.