31 Questions for Jackie Burns
If Jackie Burns wrote a memoir, she would call it Loud and Obnoxious. The actress is joking, of course, and her biting and self-deprecating humor is infectious and gut-busting. Burns is currently playing Elphaba on Broadway in Wicked, which celebrates its 14th anniversary at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30. Find out more about what makes Broadway’s green girl tick!
Best thing about New York?
Worst thing about New York?
Name one place you’ve never been you want to go.
Favorite part of live theater?
Everything. I don’t know. Knowing that what you saw that night will never be seen again because the performance will be different every night.
Go-to shower song?
I don’t sing in the shower. I’m weird.
Christmas…or my birthday
If you could invite anyone to your Christmas party, who would you invite?
I would literally invite every guy celebrity I’ve ever wanted to date. Like Chris Evans. Captain America would definitely be there. He would be my number one.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
What would the theme song of your life be?
Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”
Weirdest place you’ve ever found green makeup?
There is always this place right in the middle of my back every night, and I don’t know how [it gets there].
If you wrote a musical, what would it be about?
It would just probably be about anything starring me.
Most influential woman in your life?
My mom…or my dog
What’s one thing you know now that you wish you knew in high school?
That it’s just not that important. Nothing is that important. Calm it down.
What’s one thing you’d tell your future self in 10 years?
Nothing will be sweeter than the present moment so stop thinking about the future.
Name three things in your bag you can’t live without.
Chapstick. Chapstick. And Chapstick.
Biggest fashion misstep?
College. Curly Hair. Straight bangs. Pick one. You can’t have both.
Favorite thing in your closet?
Probably any pair of overalls.
Nicole Richie. I love everything she wears.
What’s the one thing that makes you happiest?
My dog really makes me happy. Tabitha.
Last great joke you heard?
Oh god. I think everything I say is funny.
When a new bag of chips opens
If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything by Journey
When do you feel most beautiful?
When my hair and makeup is done
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
Take out my dog
What’s the last thing you do at night?
Take out my dog
What would the title of your memoir be?
Loud and Obnoxious
Describe the perfect date.
Oh that’s easy. The beach, then Shake Shack, and a ball game.
Best part of playing Elphaba?
Getting to sing every single one of those songs.
Worst part of playing Elphaba?
The green in my ears, in my skin, and in my lower back, hahaha.