John Legend stopped by the Breakfast Club this morning fresh off his portrayal of playing Jesus on NBC's "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert". He discusses his preparation for the role and the feedback that he has received from the live production. One of the people giving him live feedback on Twitter, of course, was his wife Chrissy Teigen. She lovingly teased the deep v-neck shirt Legend was wearing during the production, tweeting "I have a feeling whoever has the deepest V will be crucified."
Legend opened up about why he decided to take on the role, saying "It's an iconic show an the role couldn't be more iconic, so let's take it. It's a challenge." He also spoke about whether there was any "pushback" about Jesus being portrayed as a black man in the production. Legend said that "people asked me about it, but I didn't get much crap on Twitter from anybody." He went on to say that he definitely felt the pressure, though, because he knew it was a big deal to portray Jesus in the show.
Charlamagne was curious about whether it was distracting to perform the show live in front of an audience, but Legend didn't feel it was. He believes his experience as a pop artist prepared him for the that aspect of the show. "It felt like it was a real concert, mixed with a theatre experience," he said, "that's the way I like to perform." Legend says he feeds off a live audience's energy.
Another interesting tidbit about Legend's role in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert is that he could hypothetically win an Emmy for the role. He's already won a Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, so, if he takes home an Emmy this year, he'll be one of very people to win all four prestigious awards. "I wouldn't say I'm aiming for it," Legend said of the possibility, "but I wouldn't be mad if I got it."
Legend also revealed that he knows who bit Beyonce, as well, which is honestly much more important than winning the EGOT. (JK, JK). "We weren't there, but we know people who were there," he said of the infamous incident.