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Rosie O’Donnell on Beauty, Glee and Going Back to TV

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When I first met Rosie O’Donnell we kind of just clicked. She was doing a reading with Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally) at the Giorgio Armani boutique on Madison Avenue. The two of them captivated the room immediately: It wasn’t their makeup. It wasn’t their hair. It was their dynamic. Then I met Rosie, which was kind of major. She cracked a joke, sat down next to my wheelchair and asked me: “So, does Viagra work?” I thought that was the joke, but then she asked it again, and as my face turned from red to white to red to “huuuuuh?” all I could muster was: “I’ve never had a need for it, Rosie!” Bam. Since then, we’ve been friends. Rosie, me, Viagra. Who’d have thought?

We had a conversation about beauty this week—her responses are in her own haiku prose:

Francesco: Okay, so when we first met, you were very glamorous. It was “Fashion’s Night Out.” Since then, we’ve hung out in less-formal settings, and I have to say you are just as at ease in a designer outfit, with your makeup artist and hairstylist making you glam, as you are in your casual wear at home. How do you define beauty for yourself?

Rosie: i have no idea
i think when i am in hair and make up - i feel more like a character
not a real person
for me
no make up - jeans a t shirt is when all r most beautiful
real works for me

Francesco: What did you view as beautiful when you were 16, and how has that changed today?

Rosie: beauty is ...
a child laughing
the beach on a sunny day
a smile from a stranger
a dolphin in the wake of my boat

somehow i think u mean looks ? right ?
ok the first time i remember being conscious of someone’s physical
was 1972 - when i was 10 - and i saw "whats up doc"

streisand was the most beautiful woman i had ever seen
long straight blondish hair
so real - authentic - she glowed

so my beauty high water mark at 16
is the same now

streisand = beauty 2 me

Francesco: I know you know Glee as well as I do, which Twitter can attest to. What sparks your interest in that show?

Rosie: it is just brilliant
the writing - the casting - ryan and brad who thought it up
the production numbers - the story lines - the character development
it inspires me so much
i feel it has saved musical theater in many ways
so many broadway stars get to shine on that show - in ways no other show ever has allowed

i tivo it
i watch with my children
i buy the dvds
i go to the summer concert tour
i adore that show
so so much

its a show that makes me proud to be an entertainer
(as silly as that sounds)

Francesco: Would you ever consider going on Glee as a guest? Would you dance and sing?

Rosie: dear god yes
in a minute
i love that show

i would love to play laurens mom

Francesco: Your new show on OWN is already a hit, and everyone is excited to see you back on TV. Having worked from home doing Rosie Radio, how is the transition going for you?

Rosie: getting ready
it feels like i am going away to college
like i am again a teen
wondering who will be there
how it will feel
will they like

i have loved radio
and am ready to go back to tv

being on OWN is an honor
we start in september -
air in october
i am very excited

Francesco: What is the best part and hardest part of being a mother for you? I love how you incorporate your kids’ comments in your tweets on Lady Gaga’s videos. You get cool mom points for watching that with them.

Rosie: best parts -
the connection
the meaning
the unconditional love

worst parts
navigating the teen years

More interviews by Francesco Clark:

Maggie Rizer
Nate Berkus
Jeanine Lobell
Peter Som




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