Rick Yaeger: Everyone, it’s Rick Yaeger here with One Question Interviews. The show where I ask famous people curious questions.
My guest today has been seen quite a bit, on “Showtime’s Masters of Sex”. But is probably best known for her roles on the stage in “Wicked”, “Legally Blonde”, and her Tony Award nominated performance in “Kinky Boots”. Please welcome to the show Annaleigh Ashford.
Annaleigh Ashford: Hello.
Rick: Hello. Thank you so much for being my guest today. It’s good to see you.
Annaleigh: My pleasure.
Rick: You tried to teach me the name of the thing on your head? [laughs]
Annaleigh: I’m calling it a “Schmatta”. I’m feeling good, camera works.
Rick: You’re disappearing. [laughs]
Annaleigh: Let’s show him the Schmatta.
Rick: There’s the Schmatta.
Annaleigh: I had a scene early in the morning and I have a scene in moments. I’m moments away from another scene. So to keep my hair in perfect 1960 working order, I have to put it in a Schemata like they did in the 60s. It’s in a sensible silk scarf.
Rick: I didn’t know about the Schmatta. This is a learning thing for me.
Annaleigh: Also I left you…there’s this camera. It’s making hands big. [jokingly]
Rick: [laughs] It’s very Judy Garland…kind of the Star’s Born kind of thing.
Annaleigh: It is, we’ve matching colors on.
Rick: Yeah, we do.
Annaleigh: We didn’t even Skype about it.
Rick: We should talk about what you got going on right now? Tell us what you’re working on? Why you have the Schmatta on, for that matter.
Annaleigh: We are finishing season two of Masters of Sex on Showtime. We just started airing. We bared season two last Sunday night on Showtime at 10 o’clock eastern time.
Tune in. That was the first episode. We have 11 episodes left. 11 weeks left of Sunday Night Magic. Tune in, there’s a lot of twist and turns, and secrets, and surprises. We travel through time a bit. It’s a play.
Annaleigh: Yeah, just a little bit. It’s a really beautiful glimpse into the history of Masters and Johnson. Not just their study, but their relationship. A lot of characters you met last season are for further their development. We get to explore more…more story with them.
Then we meet some new people. There’s a lot of twist and turns, and surprises.
Rick: That’s Masters of Sex. You also told me, before we started the show, about this other little production called “You Can’t Take It With You.”
Annaleigh: I’ll next speak of a rehearsal for the Broadway play revival of “You Can’t Take It With You”. The classic, beautiful comedy. I’ll be playing Essie with Roseburn, and Mr. James Earl Jones, and Christine Nelson, and a bevy of other deliciously brilliant and talented actors.
It’s a huge Cast, a beautiful classic play. I’m so excited. I can’t wait. I can’t believe I’m doing it. It’s about a family that lives in New York City, that is wacky pataki.
My character in particular, has the making candy in the kitchen, and my candies are delicious. But really deep down I just want to be a ballet dancer. My husband also lives with us. He plays the xylophone, and hands out my candies every day.
My mother is a playwright, and shreds very melodramatic plays. My father makes fireworks in the basement. My grandfather is also [laughs] …we’re a very eccentric family.
Rick: No kidding.
Annaleigh: My sister, played by Roseburn, she meets a wonderful man at work. He comes from a very wealthy family. We all end up having dinner one night. The two families come together. Basically, part of the play’s you can’t take it with you.
The family that has all the money, sees how deliciously magical the life of those who don’t have as much money, but are living freely and with fun. It’s one of those plays. But it’s really wacky. It’s so silly, the “silly-centric” family. It’s full of laughs…
Rick: Homemade candy, and firework. You can’t beat that.
Rick: You’re in Kinky Boots. Are you still in Kinky Boots?
Annaleigh: No, I’m so sad I had to leave Kinky Boots to come out to LA, to finish the second season of Masters of Sex. But my heart is still with Kinky Boots and will be forever. It’s one of my favorite shows I’ve ever done in my entire life. It was a life changer.
Rick: The Tony Nomination in general, will have that effect.
Annaleigh: That was like a cherry on the top of the cake. Because the group of people that I got to create that show with, was just a dream.
Cyndi Lauper wrote the score. Harvey Fierstein wrote the book. Jerry Mitchell was the incredible director/choreographer. It was also produced by Hal Luftig and Daryl Roth.
It’s like a magical team of people. Even more magical, was the 30 actors on stage every night. All of which could’ve carried their own Broadway Show. Just an incredible group. We were a real family.
Rick: Just bubbling over with talent.
Annaleigh: You have no idea. Amazing. One of the blessings of my life. Go see it on Broadway. I won’t be there but my animal spirit will be there.
Rick: You’ll be up the road, and you can’t take it with me. [laughs]
Annaleigh: We’re blocks away.
Rick: You need to get into the interview. You ready?
Annaleigh: Yeah, I’m ready.
Rick: I got to put on my hat. It’s like a press hat, like “Mr. President…Mr. President” [jokingly]
Annaleigh: Clark Gable…Mr. Gable [jokingly]
Rick: Mr. Gable, over here. [jokingly]
As you know the show is called One Question Interviews, I have almost a thousand different questions. Ranging from the profane to the profound.
We will choose one at random, and you can answer it seriously or in a funny voice if you like, and everyone goes home happy. Sounds pretty good.
Rick: Let me just grab a couple of handfuls here. We will riffle down the side. You tell me when to stop.
Rick: Do you want the top or the bottom?
Rick: Annaleigh Ashford, what gave you nightmares when you were a kid?
Annaleigh: [laughs] I have two. The first one is I have a recurring dream that I’m falling in an elevator.
I will admit it if somebody is like “I want to go on the Hollywood Tower of Terror” At Disneyland, or Disney World and the lines are really long, and they are like “Oh my God, maybe we should go on that last. Yeah let’s save it for later.”
Rick: Or if it’s short you just say, “I’ll hold your coat” [laughs]
Annaleigh: Or I go on and I pee a little bit in my pants. Then I have to change my panties afterwards. That happens. I use to have a recurring nightmare, that I was having a baby. I don’t know why.
Rick: When you were a kid?
Annaleigh: Yeah, from nine to 19. Now I don’t get it as often. I don’t know what event. I don’t even want to tell anybody about that. But I just shared it.
Rick: Everybody knows now. [laughs]
Annaleigh: There you go.
Rick: That’s it. That was the whole interview. That was officially the interview, that little bit right there.
Annaleigh: That was the weirdest of answers from me.
Rick: That’s why we do the show, is to get the weird answers, to get the odd side of the celebrities we love to watch.
Annaleigh: I talked about peeing in my pants, and how I end to change my panties, and giving birth to babies in my dreams as a child.
Rick: Falling in elevators.
Rick: Thank you so much for being on the show.
Annaleigh: Thank you.
Rick: Everybody check out Annaleigh Ashford on Masters of Sex. It’s Sundays at 10:00 PM on Showtime, and Broadway bound to this fall in “You can’t take it with you”
Follow her on Twitter, she doesn’t know how it works, but you can watch and be amazed. She at @TheAAshford. Recently changed, if you were looking to follow her earlier, and turn around, came back, and she was gone.
She hasn’t gone, she just changed her name, Once again it’s @TheAAshford. It’s right below her face. What are you doing with your hands?
Annaleigh: It’s like eyelashes.
Rick: [laughs] If you can’t remember all those links, and things, what would be easier is if you went to onequestioninterviews.com. I will have a transcript of this whole interview there, with links to all the stuff.
Yeah, believe it or not, I’m going to do that. Well everyone this is Rick Yaeger for One Question Interviews. Thank you so much for watching, and back to the show in iTunes or on YouTube. It’s free either way, then you don’t miss out on the next time we do this show. Sounds good.
Rick: OK, everyone. Bye.