Please explain what just happened.

I have no idea either!  I have spent my entire life feeling like I missed the first day of school. I’m always wondering what I have missed.

 

What is your earliest memory?

Crying while boarding the school bus on my first day of school. I was wearing a double knit polyester leisure shoot. Hence the tears.

 

If you weren’t an actor what other profession would you choose?

Exotic dancer. People buy you drinks and stuff money down your g-string all night.

Please describe the current contents of your refrigerator.

I am traveling right now in Australia, so I haven’t been home in a while… but when I left there was some champagne and sour patch kids. Breakfast of Champions!

 

What verb best describes you?

Verb?

Color me an English teacher but don’t you mean adjective?  Detail-oriented.

 

What would you say to yourself if you could go back in time and have a conversation with yourself at age thirteen?

Yes you will eventually have sex – with someone other than yourself.  Oh, and, loose the parachute pants.

 

What are the steps you take to regain your composure?

I look down at my amazing shoes and remember how lucky I am…

 

Define “success.”

Being proud of who you are.

 

From what or whom do you derive your greatest inspiration?

Oh many sources… travel, nature, my faith, and Bergdorf Goodman.

 

Are you pro- or anti-emoticon? Please explain.

I’m pro.  It saves me time by having a pre-made smiley face at the ready. No more am I weighed down by typing 🙂

How are you six degrees from Kevin Bacon?

I am one degree, by way of Kyra Sedgewick.

 

What makes you feel most guilty?

Overspending.

 

Please list three things you never leave home without.

Blackberry, killer sunglasses and pants.  Okay maybe not always pants.

 

What is the worst piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?

To always speak my mind.  Sometimes tact is your friend.

 

What is the best advice you’ve ever given to someone else?

Just be yourself.

 

What do you consider the harshest kind of betrayal?

Disloyalty from a friend or family member.

 

Of all the game shows that have graced our TV screens throughout history, which one would you want to be a contestant on and why?

The Price is Right.  I would totally win the Showcase Showdown (the second one, the first one is always lame) because I know the price of everything.  Including Sue Bee Honey.  And I would look amazing in a Zinman fur or a Pontiac Sunbird.

 

What do you want to know?

How marshmallows are made.

 

What would you like your last words to be?

That was AMAZING Julio, can we do it again?…um….ah… I don’t feel so good…

 

Please explain what will happen.

Still clueless here.

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Accomplished stylist, television star, equestrian, author and fashion designer, Carson Kressley will make his theatrical debut this summer, starring in the Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of the multi-Tony Award winning Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone, alongside twice-Emmy nominated actress Georgia Engel, on stage June 9 through June 26. Kressley is cast as the “Man in Chair,” an obsessive fan of old musicals who imagines performers coming to life in his shabby apartment whenever he plays one of his favorite cast recordings. Throughout the show, the musical bursts to life as the “Man in Chair” continuously brings the audience in and out of the fantasy.

Additionally this summer, Kressley will be seen hosting ABC’s True Beauty, from executive producers Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher. The show pegs ten men and women against each other in various competitions, while they are secretly judged on their decisions in staged moral situations. The show will premiere on May 31st at 10:00PM.

Kressley last helmed the highly successful How To Look Good Naked for Lifetime. He previously earned a primetime Emmy for his role on the critically acclaimed Bravo series, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Kressley is a New York Times best-selling author with three books to his credit, including You’re Different, and that’s Super, a kids book promoting diversity.

In addition to his work as a performer, Kressley was the host of the 2008 True Colors tour, which was created to raise awareness and promote equality for the GLBT community. His philanthropic endeavors have also lead him to support groups such as The Trevor Project, The Human Rights Campaign, The Empire State Pride Agenda, LIGALY, GLSEN, AIDS WALK and the Al D. Rodriguez Liver Foundation. He is the founder of Manhattan’s Ali Forney Center’s Styled for Success program, which provides career wardrobes for formerly homeless youth and he was the founding donor of the first college scholarship program for gay youth in his hometown of Allentown, PA.

Kressley currently resides in New York City.

5 responses to “21 Questions with Carson Kressley”

  1. Greg Olear says:

    See, this is why we need a LIKE button on here. This was great!

    And you on “Price as Right” is not fair. It’s like bringing in a ringer.

  2. Lee says:

    Carson is so many things…best of all commedian

  3. Jude says:

    Wonderful entertaining interview. Just right on a windy cold and gloomy day – brightened it considerably!

  4. Saskia says:

    Carson, please consider Australia as your second home.We love talented, intelligent, articulate, creative people totally comfortable in their own skin.

  5. Simon Smithson says:

    I leave Australia, and Carson Kressley comes to visit.

    Hard to not be offended.

    And how do they make marshmallows?

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