TODAY | April 09, 2014
>>> kristin chenoweth is one of hollywood's most talented actresses and singers in films and broadway productions.
>> she won a tony in "you're a good man, charlie brown ."
>> her newest project has her playing a poisonous frog in love with a big, bad bird in the new animated film "rio 2."
>> so cute.
>> take a look.
>> only one who knows what it feels like to be all alone, misunderstood. you're the evil to my levil.
>> i can see why they call you gabby. where are you, you filthy fowl? whoa!
>> oh, it's so cute. we love having you. your voice is so distinctive, too. i bet they didn't even think of any other actress.
>> i don't know, but i was, like, are you serious? i'm going to play this pink poisonous frog?
>> and you wore chartreuse through the whole film. we all can relate to that. we all have done our naming through the years.
>> yes, we have. this time it's on her, and she can't kiss him or touch him or she'd kill him. i always say she's a little bit of a stalker because he doesn't love her back, but she just won't give up.
>> it's an adorable score, and i sing a love song to him while he's sleeping that is classic.
>> everybody loves you when you're asleep, you know.
>> and your operatic voice. how many octaves do you have, missy?
>> i love that you're asking this question because you know.
>> no, i think it's got to be four at least.
>> i sing from a low "e" to a high "e."
>> so how many is that?
>> that's four.
>> can i count my octaves?
>> how do you do it? you're itty bitty?
>> you're just a peanut. stop it. the littlest you've ever been.
>> am i shrinking?
>> a little. but not the reap thson that i'm shrinking. you're working for it.
>> you know how we talk about her cute boyfriend.
>> oh, my gosh. we were there at the academy awards , and who comes waltzing by by this lovely poisonous frog. he's very cute.
>> a little bit on the risque side, given what he's working on, "50 shades of grey ."
>> he's one of the producers, right?
>> he's one of the producers.
>> tell everyone what happened when you took him home to norman, oklahoma, to meet your parents who are very baptist, as i remember.
>> they were very sweet. they don't know what "50 shades of grey " is.
>> it's a hair color .
>> pretty much. she would agree. he's doing this movie. they wanted to know, what's it about? dana was like uh, uh, uh. i said, it's this book. it's hard to explain. you'll just have to read it. she goes" 50 shades of grey ." that's not what i think it is, is it? and she used the "p" word.
>> what word?
>> porn. and at that point my boyfriend had a heart attack. but it's not. it's very tastefully done. it's not that. it's a good book.
>> did you read it? did you read the book?
>> when she wasn't reading the bible, yes, she was reading that book.
>> that's me.
>> that's you. that's kristin.
>> i was on tour and i would not even give an encore. i was, like -- i would read, read, read and go do another show. what's wrong with me?
>> it's juicy. kath, you've got to get in there, get into it.
>> who has not read -- i love you. and let me get back to the frog.
>> please, please.
>> this is an adorable little movie. and how are you feeling? because you took that -- and david letterman , i know some people are mad at him because he dropped a sandbag near you and thought it was hysterical. what was that about?
>> you know, it weighed about as much as a pillow.
>> it scared me when i saw the clip.
>> oh, did it scare you?
>> i jumped and i looked at your face and i said, my god, is she going to have posttraumatic?
>> but i do look up wherever i'm at now.
>> she's an unbelievable trouper.
>> everything's okay? you're back in business?
>> i'm back in business. it's taken a while. you know, and i still feel it, but i'm getting there. i'm alive.
>> you're an optimist.
>> quit trying out all that stuff in "50 shades" and you'll heal up. stop hanging from the chandelier. "rio 2" opens nationwide this friday. it's very cute.