Kelly Clarkson Tried to Get Out of Doing From Justin to Kelly: “I Cried for a Solid Hour”

Kelly Clarkson
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Behind those hazel eyes…is a big dreamer! Before she became the inaugural winner of American IdolKelly Clarkson, 32, had big plans for Broadway, animated films, and a loving marriage to a fictional TV hunk. Here, she shares 25 things you might not know about her.

1. Ever since I was a kid, I have wanted to be the singing and talking voice for an animated film. 

2. I want to be on Broadway. I fell in love with NYC when I recently spent two weeks there just for fun.

3. I have abnormally short arms.

4. When I was 11, I was convinced I was going to marry Sully from Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

5. I am addicted to tea and coffee. Doesn’t have to be caffeinated. I love the whole process of making tea and/or coffee. It soothes me, for some odd reason.

6. My favorite movies are An Affair to Remember, Out of Africa, Gladiator, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. 

7. My favorite bakery is called Busy B’s Bakery in Burleson, Texas. I’ve ordered the same thing since I was 10 years old: Bavarian cremes and sausage rolls.

8. I can take a two-hour bath easily, but it has to have bubbles and essential oils.

9. When I was pregnant with [8-month-old] River Rose and so sick, I’d get sucked into the vortex that is YouTube, watching clips of Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, and anything Meryl Streep–related.

10. Also while pregnant, I was extremely hormonal and miserable from vomiting. I apparently called my assistant crying, “I’ll never be Meryl Streep!” I don’t remember this, but I don’t think my assistant could make that kind of ridiculous statement up.

11. I love cleaning out my ears. I’m obsessed with Q-tips and ear candling.

12. I secretly want to try out for The Voice to see if I can get all four chairs to turn around.

13. I cannot understand the fact that controlled narcotic substances and alcohol are legal and weed isn’t. How many people do you know who have died from weed? My point exactly.

14. I can still remember how peaceful I felt the very first time I saw my husband, [Brandon Blackstock], almost nine years ago.

15. I wanted to be Dixie Carter from Designing Women or Clair Huxtable from The Cosby Show when I was little.

16. I’ve never liked the beach or lying out in the sun for vacations. I’d rather be in the mountains wrapped up in a blanket on a cold day with a bottle of wine and a great book.

17. My favorite drink in the entire world is called the Milkbone at Fido in Nashville.

18. One day, I will build a secret garden like the one in the novel.

19. I have a horse called The Unicorn because he is perfect and anyone can ride him.

20. Until I was 19, I thought the title of the song was “Secret Asian Man” instead of “Secret Agent Man.”

21. I cried for a solid hour on the phone with the creator of American Idol and pleaded to be let out of the contract that said I had to film From Justin to Kelly.

22. Most of the time I love animals more than I love humans.

23. My favorite books are Matilda, Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and A Little Princess.

24. I have a concealed handgun license.

25. I hate Brussels sprouts and can’t stand that every time I say that, somebody always says, “Oh, but you’ve never tried mine!” I love and eat every kind of vegetable, but not that one. 

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