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Third Degree With… Alan Cumming

On July 27 Tony winner Alan Cumming goes in front of the mic as the Master of Ceremonies for the 20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit. Here, the man of many guises indulges our inquiring minds.

Tony Award winner Alan Cumming

Who would play you in your biopic?
Pee-wee Herman. We’re always being mistaken for each other.

First celebrity crush?
Farrah Fawcett.

When are you at your happiest?
At my house in the Catskills with my man, dogs and friends.

Phone calls or texts?
I’m actually obsessed with HeyTell—it’s a walkie-talkie app, so you don’t have to type but you don’t really have to chat, either.

Five iconic figures you’d have at your dream dinner party?
Robert Burns, Mae West, Nelson Mandela, Salvador Dalí and Rasputin.

What are you afraid of?
Taylor Swift.

What song could sum up your life?
“I Am What I Am” [from La Cage aux Folles], because I really do seize the day.

What does no one know about Alan Cumming?
I’m a wiz with a chain saw.

Favorite word?
Tumescent. I like the sound of it, but unlike being it.

If you could fix one thing about America, what would it be?
I’d make education free. It would revolutionize everything.

Where do you go when you want to be alone?
Swimming.

Thing you’re most proud of?
That I’ve inspired people by being myself.

How often do you lie?
I pretend to remember people all the time. But that’s just lying to be nice.

What do you miss most about Scotland?
The sense of humour.

What’s your definition of sexy?
Being comfortable with yourself. And knowing what you want.