PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Screen and Silence! The Musical Star Christine Lakin

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04 Sep 2012

Christine Lakin
Christine Lakin

TV and film star Christine Lakin, currently taking on the role of Clarice in the Los Angeles premiere of Silence!, fills out's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop-culture tidbits.

Lakin's first major role as a child actor was as Young Rose in the American Civil War drama "The Rose and the Jackal." She was next cast as Al Lambert on the popular sitcom "Step By Step," which ran for seven seasons in the 1990s.

She was a regular on the MTV improv series "Wild 'n Out" and served as Craig Kilborn's sidekick on Fox's "The Kilborn File."

Other notable work includes Showtime's "Reefer Madness" movie, "Valentine," "Race to Witch Mountain," "Valentine's Day," "Red Canyon" and "You Again."

She has her own Hulu "mockumentary" webseries "Lovin' Lakin" and provides the voice of newscaster Joyce Kinney on "Family Guy."


Full given name: Christine Helen Lakin
Where you were born/where you were raised: Born Dallas, TX. Raised mostly outside Atlanta, Georgia
Zodiac Sign:Aquarius
What your parents did/do for a living:My father is now retired (and becoming a First Responder) but used to be the CCO of a company called Arris Interactive.

My mother is a homemaker but quite honestly she does about 15 jobs including having been my childhood manager, business accountant, travel arranger, caretaker, taxi driver, costumer, friend, mom, guardian, etc. She currently divides her time between working for Kimberly Clark, helping me in business affairs and perfecting her golf game.
Current audition song/monologue: "I Wanna Be That Girl" from the musical Sneaux, written by Lori Scarlett.
Special skills: Cooking, downhill skiing. Throwing parties. I love a good party. It's all in the activities.
Something you're REALLY bad at: Surfing. Being on time. Team sports that don't involve drinking.
First Broadway show you ever saw: I saw nearly everything regionally as a kid at the FOX theater but Rent (original cast) might have been my first Broadway show. I was 17 and boy, it made a huge impression on me.
If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be? Davis Gaines in Phantom. Or Elaine Stritch in Company.
Current or recent show you recommended to friends: Peter and the Starcatcher, Sleep No More and any current Troubie show in Los Angeles.
Favorite showtune(s) of all time: "Don't Rain On My Parade"
"Ladies Who Lunch"
"Someone Like You"
Some favorite musicals: Jersey Boys, Rent, Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Cabaret
Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with: Cary Grant
The one performance – attended - that you will never forget: Hair at the FOX. I was probably 10 and this particular tour decided to do the nudity in full light downstage for most of "Where Do I Go" - much to my mother's chagrin.

I grabbed the opera glasses and saw as much as I could before she dragged me out of my seat and up the aisle. Clearly, theatre would be my calling after that.

Music that makes you cry, any genre: Soul
Most played song on your iPod: I'm in a Van Morrison and Bob Marley Pandora phase. But easily anything Michael Jackson.
Most-visited websites: YouTube, IMDB, Hautelook, Twitter, Facebook
Favorite Tweeters: Joan Rivers, Conan O'Brien, Seth MacFarlane
Last book you read: "50 Shades of Grey" I could have lied about this... but it's true. What!? Wanted to see what the fuss was about!
Must-see TV show(s): Like I have time for TV... Oh Playbill, you slay me.

But if I did I might fall asleep to "Project Runway" or try to stay awake for "The Newsroom."

Last good movie you saw: "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Some films you consider classics: "When Harry Met Sally"
"Some Like It Hot"
"Pretty Woman"
"16 Candles"
Performer you would drop everything to go see: Adele, Paul McCartney
Pop culture guilty pleasure: "Big Brother" and "Survivor." And the occasional Star magazine.
Favorite cities: Ojai, Paris and Sea Island, GA
Favorite sport/team/player: NBA Basketball, Derek Fisher.

Or tennis- Agassi (in his day), Federer or Murray.

First CD/Tape/LP you owned: The Police, "Every Breath You Take." Yes, it was a tape. Also "Thriller," MJ
First stage kiss: Acting class when I was 14. I had a scene where I had to kiss a boy I had a big crush on. It was really quick but completely nerve wracking.

Then I got to kiss Andrew Keegan onscreen when I was 15 and we were told to "stop using tongue, it's a family show!" Oops.

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