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Busy Cheyenne Jackson: “A lot of downtime isn’t so great for me. I love to work no matter what genre it is”

Broadway veteran Cheyenne Jackson moved to Los Angeles last year to focus more on television and film work.

But he’s returned to New York City for a brief return to the stage this week in the Encores! presentation of The Most Happy Fella.

Cheyenne talked to Playbill about his latest gig and more – here are some excerpts:

Between promoting your record, touring with your solo concerts, and shooting films like the upcoming “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” you’ve been very busy.
CJ: And I’m loving it. If you give me 10 things to do, I’m much better than if you give me one thing to do. A lot of downtime isn’t so great for me. I love to work no matter what genre it is. In fact, I just did a cool, crazy guest spot on an upcoming CSI spin-off with Patricia Arquette, and I love that it’s so random and different from singing “Joey, Joey, Joey” at Encores!

Theatre seems to have taken a backseat to your other projects and passions.
CJ: I was offered a lot of Broadway shows in the past year, but I told my agent that wanted to do more film, and that’s what happened. I was approached about doing On the Twentieth Century, which is coming up with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, and I would have loved to be a part of that, but right now my life is in L.A. My family and my fiancĂ© are out there. Until there’s something specifically written for me or there’s a project I just can’t pass up, I’m going to have to keep New York theatre limited to stuff like Encores! and other short spurts.

It’s still hard to believe you’ve relocated to Los Angeles.
CJ: I know. I never thought it would happen. My mom and dad still lived in Idaho, but they moved to Laguna after both my grandparents died last year. My sister lives near Fresno, and my brother and his family moved to San Bernardino. My family was always sort of spread out, but now all the kids are in the same state for the first time. Honestly, in getting sober over the last couple years, revaluating relationships and friendships, I realized that what’s really important is my family and the people I love. I’ll always come back to New York, but I have to admit that it’s nice to wake up in L.A. and have it be 70 degrees instead of 28.



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