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Cheyenne Jackson, star of “Xanadu” on Broadway

Book I’m reading:
“My Life So Far” by Jane Fonda

Total number of books I own:
Over 200

Three books that mean a lot to me:
“Giovanni’s Room” by James Baldwin
“A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole
“The Assault on Reason” by Al Gore

What book would you like to see brought to the bigscreen?
“Hunger” by Knut Hamson. And never gets adapted? Anything by Ann Coulter.

Last film I saw:
“Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street” directed by Tim Burton

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Shawshank Redemption,” directed by Frank Darabont
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” directed by Ang Lee
“United 93,” directed by Pul Greengrass

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Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment? (male or female)
Johnny Depp and for females…I gotta go with Meryl.

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Bette Davis

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Rock Hudson bause he was a prisoner of his era.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
My peers

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“The Story,” Brandi Carlile

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
“A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
“Brandy” by Looking Glass

Ever feel that certain song lyrics were written with you in mind?What are they?:
“But it don’t snow here,
It stays pretty green,
I’m gonna make a lotta money,
Then I’m gonna quit this crazy scene,
Oh I wish I had a river,
I could skate away on.”

“River,” Joni Mitchell

Concert that changed your life:
Barbara Cook at Lincoln Center

Guilty pleasures
* TV: “The Real Housewives of Orange County”
* Film: “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”
* Reading material: New York Post
* Web sites: Awfulplasticsurgery.com
* YouTube video: Varla Jean Merman’s “Tequila Makes her Clothes Fall Off”

Who is your inner Muppet?
Animal

Best hangover remedy?
Chocolate Milk

What’s the biggest upside of the Internet and what is its biggest downside?
Upside: Any answer to almost any question at the tip of your finger
Downside: You can never be certain that those answers are correct

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Don’t sign a three year contract with your first agent

Do you have a dream project?
Billy Bigelow in the remake of “The Carousel” and anything with Charlize Theron.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
My dog licking my face to tell me to take her out to pee.

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Alyssa Milano

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Nobody is famous in New York

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
Um…you have to ask?

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
I’m a New Yorker…gotta go with Spike.

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
A pair of skinny jeans. Unless you are a British rocker or an Olsen Twin, not a good look.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
Because maybe, just maybe……Steven Spielberg is reading this

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Hugh Jackman, Rosie O’Donnell, Tony Roberts, Jane Krakowski, and Angela Lansbury