He is tall, he is handsome and he is a proud gay man. You can catch Cheyenne Jackson, star of stage, small screen and the silver screen, in concert as a benefit for the Stonewall National Museum and Archives on Saturday, February 14 at the Parker Playhouse. It was a pleasure to sit down with Cheyenne for this exclusive Hotspots interview.
At what age did performing become an interest of yours?
At the age of 7. Basically, it’s always what I wanted to do.
When did you know performing was going to officially be your career?
Later in life. Not until I was almost 27.
How did it feel the first time you were on a Broadway stage?
Scary and exciting, but it felt right.
Who were your musical inspirations?
George Michael, Nat King Cole, Elton John and Elvis, to name a few.
You have been on Broadway, in films, on TV, performed live concerts, and recorded CDs. Is there one you like the best?
Whatever I am doing at the time is my favorite. So at this very moment it’s live performing. I know that seems like a copout answer, but it’s the truth.
I have to ask you, how was the experience working on Liberace: Behind the Candelabra?
It was great. Stephen Soderberg was really exciting to be around. It was also very fun to work with Michael Douglas and I knew Matt Damon from 30 Rock. It was a great buzzy project to be involved with.
You have sold out Carnegie Hall twice. What was that like?
It doesn’t get more exciting than that. I was very proud, and my parents came. Honestly, it was fantastic!
You married your hubby Jason Landau in September. Tell me about the wedding, and how is it being a newlywed?
Describe yourself in three words.
Interested, excitable, hard-working, and emotional…okay, that’s five words…LOL!
Are you excited to be performing at the Parker Playhouse as a benefit for Stonewall National Museum and Archives? What should people expect from your performance?
Expect a good time. Seth Rudetsky [has been] a friend for about 10 years and he is so entertaining. Shows with him are like “Inside the Actors Studio” meets a character. It is definitely going to be a fun time.
What does the future hold for Cheyenne Jackson?
I wish I knew.
Catch Cheyenne Jackson at the Parker Playhouse, with SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host, on Saturday, February 14, with a pre-show open bar and silent auction at 6 p.m. and the performance at 8 p.m. To purchase tickets, go to Stonewall-Museum.org or call (954) 763-8565. This is a benefit for the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
Follow Cheyenne on Twitter (@cheyennejackson) or Instagram (mrcheyennejackson) for more information.