Benanti at the 2012 Drama League Benefit Gala
|Born||Laura Ilene Vidnovic
July 15, 1979
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Years active||Since 1998|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
(m. 2005; div. 2006)
(m. 2007; div. 2013)
My parents were in 'Brigadoon' on Broadway when I was a couple of years old.
There's a lot of pressure on Broadway. There's this feeling that the show has to be a commercial success and the producers have to make their money back and Tonys and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
My mother was an actress and my voice teacher, an incredible voice teacher. My biological father is an actor, and my stepfather, who raised me along with my mother, is a psychotherapist. I was always supported in creative ventures.
I think that every therapist that I know, including my dad and my sister, have their own issues. But that empathy is what makes them good at their job.
I don't think theater is dying, and musicals are a great American art form. We've got apple pie, jazz and musical theater.
Of course I wanted an agent from the time I was like 5, but my mother was like, 'No, you're going to be normal, you're going to go to school, you're going to get good grades, you're going to play soccer, and if you do well, if you keep your grades up, you can do one community-theater show a year.'
I actually enjoy Britney Spears. Not as a singer but as a performer. I just enjoy watching her. I think, 'You are so brave.'
I do think musical-theater actors can get a bad rap, and I see why. There is a certain slickness – there's nothing better than an amazing musical, but an okay musical can be one of the worst times you've ever had.
I was not a fan of the Bush administration, as I think many of us were not.
I was always a little adult. Even as a little kid, I just couldn't understand why I was surrounded by all these kids. I took things very seriously.
I try to give the appearance that I have it all together and that I know what I'm talking about, but at the end of the day, I think I might be full of crap.