TODAY | April 09, 2014
>>> hall of fame . in her latest role, she plays an opera singing poisonous frog in "rio 2." it's difficult, because gaby is in love with a villainous bird named nigel.
>> you're the only one who knows what it feels like to be all alone. m misunderstood. you're the evil to my lethal.
>> i can see why they call you gaby. where are you, you filthy fowl? hoot.
>> kristin chenoweth , good morning. nice to see you.
>> you, too, matt.
>> so you play a frog that can't be touched, but this week you couldn't be touched literally. you're just recovering from strep throat .
>> strep throat and bronchitis. my voice has never been lower.
>> you feeling all right now?
>> i'm better. it's certainly nice to be out in this weather.
>> isn't it great?
>> you want my coat?
>> in a second, i'll give it to you.
>> thank you, matt.
>> so let me make sure i understand the poisonous thing. if i put my hands all over you, do i die instantly or only after my wife finds out?
>> i say number two.
>> number two?
>> if she kisses anyone, she'll kill them. which, i mean, who doesn't relate to that?
>> exactly. i've been in that situation. and it's cool, because first of all, it's a great movie.
>> thank you.
>> it really is. the sequel is fantastic. there's a bit of a romeo and juliet feel here. it may not be the montagues and the capulets.
>> but she's a poisonous frog and in love with this bird. she can't kiss him. he doesn't really know she's alive. i don't know if women out there understand this. i certainly have been there.
>> you've been through there?
>> of course. haven't we all been hurt? but she can be stalker-ish.
>> you added a twist i didn't expect.
>> there you go.
>> you have fun doing this?
>> i love it.
>> fun to use your voice to create a character as opposed to just singing a song .
>> yes. this is a new character from the first movie. when they called me in and said you're going to be playing a new part, i thought a bird, of course. i'll be playing a bird. but no, it's the frog.
>> we need you to know that savannah is deathly afraid of frogs. did you know that?
>> yes, i know.
>> you are her worst nightmare in this movie.
>> i'm going to kiss her with tongue.
>> with strep throat and tongue. you brought a little something?
>> i did for her.
>> you shouldn't have.
>> hi, savannah.
>> hello! how are you?
>> oh no, you're dead. i actually have a gift for you. i hope it doesn't bite.
>> it's alive?
>> i'm just --
>> why don't you open it? there are no frogs in this movie, right?
>> me. i'm the frog. poisonous.
>> oh! honestly, i was afraid it was going to be alive. now that's just sweet. i'm not afraid.
>> of course.
>> thank you so much.
>> she looks like she's had a little plastic surgery in the lip area. but go for it.
>> kristin chenoweth , thank you. you're going to be back a little later with kathie lee and hoda?
>> i will.
>> glad you're feeling better. now i'll give you my coat.