If you’re one of those horrible people who reads Broadway Internet message boards, you already know that not everyone’s thrilled about Perez Hilton making his professional theatre debut in NEWSical the Musical. But aside from his drama degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he also uses Rosie O’Donnell to defend his right to be on a New York stage.
He tells Playbill.com:
Rosie has been a great source of inspiration and motivation for me when it comes to theatre. I don’t mean this with any disrespect, but for the last year or so, as I’ve really been putting it out there that I wanted to do Broadway, I’ve been telling people, “If Rosie O’Donnell can be on Broadway, then so can I.” Because she’s definitely not the best singer in the world, and some people would say that she’s not a good singer at all, but that’s OK, because she’s a personality, she’s fun, and she brings a lot of great energy to the theatre. I think that’s what I do too.