Yes, even stars have their own strange addictions.
Take GCB star Kristin Chenoweth, who tells Ellen DeGeneres she loves quarters and is fixated on collecting as many as possible.
“It’s a weird thing: I don’t know why I have it,” the Oklahoma-born performer said. “This is not a lie. I obsess on saving them. I got to have quarters. I have them in my car. I have jars of quarters. I stash them away. And the minute I get home from a shopping trip or any trip, I put all the quarters away … I don’t know what it is.”
Chenoweth, 43, said the quirk might have been triggered by her earlier days as a starving actor when she needed to do her laundry. She said since it’s not an easy task getting change at times — especially in New York — she’s “been hoarding quarters ever since.”
The Broadway beauty said she gets “joy — and actually a high” by putting a quarter in a meter.
“I have a collection of jars of quarters in New York,” she said. “Last week, my best friend e-mailed [and asked me,] ‘What are you doing?’ I’m taking a picture of my jar of quarters … what’s wrong with me?”
“I don’t know,” a puzzled Ellen said, to which Chenoweth joked, “I need to seek help.”
“It’s a safe addiction,” Ellen observed. “No one’s getting hurt. You like quarters and that’s fine. You get a high from putting a quarter in a meter.”
But wait, there’s more: Chenoweth admitted she not only hoards the quarters, but “cleans them with Purell.”
Said Ellen: “You clean the quarters with Purell … I wish more people would do that with their money: Nobody would be getting sick, touching other people’s money.”
Kristin stars on ABC’s GCB, which airs Sundays at 10/9c.