Two things that Idina Menzel asks of you: pronounce her name correctly (ahem, John Travolta) and realize that she was much too young to play Lea Michelle’s mom on Glee. The Broadway veteran spilled some tea during her InStyle Badass Questionnaire, where she opened up about her successful career, red carpet fashion, and her time on the hit show.
“The scene that was the most memorable [on Glee] was probably singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ with Lea Michelle,” Menzel recalled. But the 50-year-old actress and singer revealed that she was a little salty about the fact that she was cast as Michelle’s mother. “She was 26, and I probably should’ve been her older sister. But I don’t have a chip on my shoulder about that,” she added sarcastically.
She also revealed her funniest moment on Broadway, which took place in Rent during her ex-husband Taye Diggs’ final performance, when she had a funny — er, message for her co-star and boyfriend at the time. “Taye and I had just started dating at that time, and I used to have to take down my pants and moon his character, so I wrote ‘Eat Me’ on my ass cheeks when I pulled my jeans down,” she remembered with a laugh.
The Frozen actress (who says the cold, in fact, does bother her) also recalled that time she won the Tony award for her portrayal of Elphaba in Wicked, and how she had to get full red-carpet ready twice for the awards ceremony. “As soon as I off the red carpet, I had to go upstairs, wash it all off, put on green makeup, get into costume, and wait around to perform ‘Defying Gravity,'” she remembered of the 2004 Tony Awards, where she had to perform her big number and be back in her seat quickly after to hear her category announced (spoiler: she took home the big award.)
She added, “I had a half hour after I got off stage to get in the shower, get [the green makeup] all off, and then get back into glam makeup again, sit down in my chair, and find out if I was going to win this award. So that was a crazy night.”