After listing a few reasons for the delay in moving to Washington, Benanti (as the First Lady) said, “There is nothing—no reason whatsoever—why I shouldn't be in the White House. You could look for an excuse, but trust me, you will not find one!”
She also dismissed the recent suggestion that she slapped away the President's hand while in Israel as “fake news,” adding, “It wasn't a slap. His hands are so small, I thought it was a mosquito.” Watch the full interview above.
Benanti was most recently seen on Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company's 2016 revival of She Loves Me, for which she earned her fifth Tony nomination. Known for her Tony-winning performance in Gypsy, as well as Swing!, Into the Woods, and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Benanti has also worked in television, performing as country singer Sadie Stone on Nashville and Alura Zor-El/Astra on Supergirl. Previously, she took on the role of Baroness Elsa Schraeder in NBC's The Sound of Music Live!