Sutton Foster stopped by the Us Weekly studio in New York City and exclusively revealed 25 things you might not know about her — including her feelings about a certain reptile, her side job when she’s not acting and her hidden talent. Read on to learn about the 44-year-old Broadway star and Younger actress.
1. I’m afraid of snakes.
2. I saw Titanic three nights in a row when it first came out [in 1997]. By myself. I sobbed uncontrollably every time.
3. I wasn’t cast in my middle school production of Oliver! I might still be bitter about it.
4. I’m allergic to cats.
5. I have two honorary doctorates — one from Ball State University [in Indiana] and the other from Boston Conservatory.
6. I’ve been to every U.S. state except two — North Dakota and Alaska. I’ve got to do all 50.
7. I can touch my tongue to my nose. It’s not very classy.
8. I was fired from one of my first professional jobs. I was cast in the national tour of Grease on the road. It’s a weird story because I ended up being rehired for another position.
9. I love Christmas. I get excited when Thanksgiving comes, because then I can start listening to Christmas music.
10. I won’t eat eggplant. It has weird skin, and it’s always mushy.
11. I auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club when I was 15. I was a finalist the same year as JC Chasez. I have a picture of [us] together, and I have really bad permed hair.
12. One of my guilty pleasures is Lactaid milk and chocolate chip cookies.
13. I knew I was going to marry my husband [Ted Griffin] when he bought me a pair of sweatpants. I still wear them and will probably keep wearing them until they turn to dust.
14. I binge-watched every episode of The Great British Bake Off. It was so inspiring and creative.
15. If I’m nervous about doing something, I’ll say [to myself], “I’m 44 years old. I’ve worked my entire life to get to this place. I can allow it to be good.” That sometimes calms me down.
16. When I was a kid, I used to collect pencils. I have hundreds of them. The pencils are on display in a glass terrarium [in my L.A. house].
17. I love to draw, paint and crochet.
18. When I was a teenager, I loved Jason Priestley. I had Beverly Hills, 90210 posters all over my bedroom.
19. I don’t sing at home, unless I’m singing to [my 2-year-old daughter] Emily.
20. I’m a big fan of coupons.
21. I dropped out of college and worked at the Macaroni Grill. I’m a terrible waitress, by the way.
22. I’m not a fan of parties. I’d much rather sit on the couch, watch TV and order in.
23. I’m an adjunct faculty member at Ball State University. I teach a course via Skype and YouTube every semester for the musical theater seniors.
24. I’d love to work with Patti LuPone someday.
25. If I weren’t an actress, I’d have an Etsy store. I’d love to sell handmade crocheted items and drawings.
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