Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters is a conversationalist, asking as many questions about Lincoln as she answered about her career during a phone interview.

Here are her thoughts on a variety of off-the-wall topics:

On "American Idol": When it started, some 10 years ago, I wasn't really into it. Then, I started watching. I think they do a really good job."

On whether or not "American Idol" is a legitimate way in the entertainment business: "You see the stress that they are under? This is paying your dues in front of everybody. It's the hardest audition. They are young, yet they have to be up to speed, to a professional level. This isn't ‘easy street' at all."

On ever wanting straight hair: "Oh my God, of course. I grew up as a child of the '60s, where straight was the thing, (like) Twiggy. They didn't have those products back then to control it. Now, you can control it really well. It gave me backbone -- to not fit in."

On getting older: "After my birthday, I told myself, ‘Now, I'm going to ignore it,' but you realize it attaches itself to you anyway. Now it's just, ‘Let me have a good time. It's all sort of good. It's sort of freeing in a way, so let's enjoy ourselves."

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