Kerry McCue

She's no princess, but Nearly Naked favorite Kerry McCue (starring this week and next in that company's Metamorphoses) is as close to stage royalty as we have around these parts. Royalty that used to work at Dairy Queen, that is.

I knew I wanted to be in show business when, as a child, I realized that I was not, nor would I ever be, a real princess. I chose acting then so I could be whatever I wanted to be.

The worst thing about being an actor is that working hard and being a good person don't guarantee success. Or even mediocrity.

If I could be anyone other than myself, it would be Tina Fey.

It's not entirely true, but I sometimes tell people that I only watch reality TV in order to mock it.

My worst audition ever was opposite the worst student actress ever. I literally threw myself on the ground in frustration and had a fist-pounding, full-on tantrum.

The fictional character I am most like is Libby Mae Brown, played by Parker Posey, in Waiting for Guffman. I did the atrocious small-town community theater. I worked at Dairy Queen. That was me.

I am utterly terrified of stupid and corrupt people in positions of power.

I laugh uncontrollably at MST3K and Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock.

The one thing I absolutely refuse to do on stage is try to "break" another actor.

Something I have never admitted to anyone before is that I would be crushed if I was in a show and my mother didn't come see it. She has free tickets from me for life.

Currently, I am reading Suite Francais by Irene Nemirovsky, The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly, Daywatch by Sergei Lukianenko, and my current favorite, Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff. Ruff is the new Palahniuk.

The first time I got drunk I drank many wine coolers and played "Vampire: The Masquerade" until the wee hours.

Like my mother used to say, "The happiest day of my life was the day I left Nebraska for good."

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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