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Greene Sings in Upcoming 'Pushing Daisies' Episode, Praises Costars
November 19, 2007

Fans of Pushing Daisies will get a special treat when star Ellen Greene's shows off her musical prowess on Wednesday's episode, “Smell of Success.”

Greene has had a long career as a singer, and has appeared in numerous theater productions, including In the Boom Boom Room, Threepenny Opera and The Little Shop of Horrors. A regular face on Pushing Daisies, Green plays Vivian Charles, Chuck's (Anna Friel) aunt who has a personality disorder.

In an interview with Playbill, Ellen Greene said that the song she performs in the episode is by Cat Stevens, but she wasn't too keen on revealing which song exactly. She did, however, say that the episode dives deeper into the backstory of her character and Lily Charles (Swoosie Kurtz).

"[Swoosie and I] are such a good matching. It's just a yin and yang," Greene told Playbill. "Our story is funny on one level, and another [level] is the sisters' relationship — our story that you don't know yet... So it's a complicated, wonderful relationship. We were so delighted and surprised when we read the script [for the Nov. 21 broadcast, which features direction by Lawrence Trilling].”

Ellen Greene also had good things to say about her other Pushing Daisies costars.

“Kristin [Chenoweth] — unbelievable! I mean, she's so magical… She's gorgeous. She's got a body of life,” Greene said. “Lee Pace… is so dear. When I first saw him, I said he's like a Gary Cooper. He's bashful, he's shy, he's sensitive, he's a great actor, he's beautiful, he's delicious. Then there's Anna. To me, she lights up the screen… She's also very funny... And she has the obligation, of course, of being the heroine. She's just such a smart girl, and she's such a kind-hearted woman… I'm wild for her. And, Chi McBride is the funniest, tenderest, kindest [man]. He's also really good.”

While fans are sure to get new episodes of Pushing Daisies for the rest of the month, it is uncertain at this point just how many are left to air in light of the writers strike. Despite this, Greene said that she has total support for the writers, and hopes that when the show returns after the strike, the viewers will continue tuning in.

“I totally side with what the writers are [doing]... They're the ones who create. None of us could have anything without them. I honor writers. I really love writers,” she said. “I'm hoping people really will tune in for the last few episodes and if they like them, write in and say so. I know what's in store for [the characters] through [executive producer] Bryan [Fuller's] brain, and it's so great. I want to see these scripts written."

Pushing Daisies airs Wednesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.
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