PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Krysta Rodriguez

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13 Apr 2010

Krysta Rodriguez
Krysta Rodriguez
Krysta Rodriguez — currently appearing in the new Broadway musical The Addams Family — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire with random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.




Full given name: Krysta Anne Rodriguez
Hometown: Orange, CA
Zodiac sign: Leo
Audition song: "Hallelujah" (Leonard Cohen, not the "Hallelujah Chorus." People get confused.)
First Broadway show ever saw: Fiddler on the Roof, 1990
If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be? Original Production of Sweeney Todd
Current show you have been recommending to friends: Next Fall! Go see it!
Favorite show tune: The entire score of Children of Eden, "Losing My Mind" from Follies, "Pulled" from The Addams Family (no joke).
MAC or PC? I was a firm PC person my entire life, but when the last one crashed, I finally broke down and got the MAC. I'm a full convert.
Last book you read: "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. It's only in hardcover, and it's 464 pages but it's totally worth it.
Must-see TV show: "The Office" (American version). I know this is going to cause controversy, but Steve Carell is so brilliant that I will stand behind it no matter what.
Favorite board game: Ask anyone who knows me, I'm a MAJOR gamer. Catchphrase, Running Charades, Celebrity, Cranium, all of these are golden.
Pop culture guilty pleasure: Reality TV. I think you can learn a lot about acting from watching real people in extreme situations. Human behavior is so fascinating when challenged.
First stage kiss: I was playing Marian in The Music Man in high school, and I had to kiss Harold Hill. It was my first stage kiss and his first kiss ever! We had to choreograph it very specifically so that it didn't look too awkward.
Favorite post-show meal: Spicy Chili Chicken Cup o' Noodles. So classy.
How you got your Equity card: Playing Helen in Bye Bye Birdie at Encores! One of the most fun experiences and my first New York gig!
Worst onstage mishap: During our out-of-town Chicago tryout, Wes Taylor (who plays my boyfriend Lucas in The Addams Family) and I were finishing our duet, "Crazier Than You." Near the end of the song, he's supposed to run to me and we finish the song and kiss. Before he can start to move to me, the scrim starts coming down in between us! Just as I resign myself to the fact that I'm not only going to finish our love duet alone but also be stranded onstage, Wes dove under the scrim stomach first, narrowly missing being crushed by the scrim and STILL SINGING! He says he felt like a baseball player — I say he looked like Shamu coming up onshore. The best part about it was the audience reaction. They honestly thought it was part of the show but that it was a bad choice. The confused applause was hysterical.
Favorite junk food: Flaming Hot Cheetos
Who would play you in the movie? Probably one of the girls from the new "90210."
TV or commercial gig you most enjoyed: I did a guest spot on "Gossip Girl," which was very fun. I made out with Chase Crawford, and I still get middle-aged women who come up to me and ask how it was.
Leading lady role you've been dying to play: Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
Your favorite Halloween costume: Last year a group of friends from The Addams Family cast, my boyfriend Noah Weisberg and I were the cast from "The Rachael Zoe Project." I was Rachael, Noah was Roger, Clark Johnson was Taylor, Charlie Sutton was Brad and Samantha Sturm was their sad assistant Jordan. We looked SPECTACULAR. We definitely "shut it down."