Kristin Chenoweth Opens Up About Being Adopted In An Inspiring New Essay

"I can honestly say being adopted was one of the best things to ever happen to me."

Tony-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth is getting honest about her experience as an adopted child, and how a critically acclaimed new film truthfully depicts such a journey.

"It's hardly a secret that I was adopted as a baby and quite frankly, there's absolutely no reason it should be," Chenoweth begins her new essay, published on the Huffington Post. She goes on to praise the film Lion, which was recently nominated for several Golden Globes.

"It's an honest look at adoption and the not uncommon feelings surrounding identity that come up for many people," she writes. "Without getting on a soapbox, the film stands up to some commonly held misperceptions about adoption, the stigma many families deal with and supports the often life-changing impact it can have."


The film tells the true story of Saroo Brierley (played by Dev Patel), who fell asleep as a child on a train in India and was taken thousands of miles from home, to eventually be adopted by an Australian couple. As an adult, he sets out to find the family he lost.

"The results of his search are beyond belief, but it's his journey that resonated most strongly with my own experience," Chenoweth shares. "On the one hand, you share the unconditional love for your parents that they have for you, not to mention eternal gratitude for the life they've given you. But as Saroo shows, there's often a lingering thought about where you came from."

For Chenoweth personally, she says she has long wondered where her talent for singing came from, "since my mother very well knows it was not from her."

Chenoweth also applauds Nicole Kidman, who plays Saroo's adoptive mother Sue. Kidman has two adopted children of her own, which Chenoweth says "clearly impacts her performance in this film."

The actress ends her essay by sharing this inspiring message about her own positive experience with adoption:

"I can honestly say being adopted was one of the best things to ever happen to me. It was never something that was hidden from me and it is not something I have ever been ashamed of. I recognize how fortunate I am to have parents who love and support me unconditionally. The fact that they are not my biological parents does not change the fact that they are simply, my parents."

You can read Chenoweth's full thoughts here.

Cover image: Helga Esteb /


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