PERFECTIONIST, PROFESSIONAL AND PATIENT
A Lea Salonga Interview
TELEVISION US ASIANS: When
you were hosting “Love, Lea” - could you share what was the
most rewarding experience(s)?
LEA SALONGA: Singing with some of my favorite singers. That
was always cool.
US ASIANS: What was the history behind the creation of the
“Love, Lea” mini-variety show program for kids that you co-hosted
with your brother Gerard?
SALONGA: I don't remember much of the creative process
(I was only 12 and was too busy with other things to really know what
was going on). All I know is, someone had the bright idea of creating
the show, and that was that. It was fun!
It's incredibly important to
me to keep my feet on the ground and maintain a close circle of
US ASIANS: What other television shows have you hosted in
the past and which one(s) were your favorite(s)?
LEA SALONGA: I can't remember all of them... Love, Lea would
have to be the favorite though, because it was mine.
US ASIANS: Could you elaborate on why you would love to be
interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, among other personal favorite television
LEA SALONGA: Okay, who wouldn't want to be interviewed by
Oprah, or Ellen?
ASIANS: Acknowledging that you only go for parts
where there’s something to be learned for participating, which of
the below-listed (or any that are not listed) provided an invaluable learning
The American Musical (2004)
Sing-Along-Songs: Honor to Us All (1999)
Misérables in Concert (1995)
Musical Christmas at Walt Disney World (1993)
65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)
of 'Aladdin': A Whole New World (1992)
Making of 'Miss Saigon (1989(
Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh
Sing-Along-Songs: Friend Like Me (1996)
King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (1993)
Best of Disney Music: A Legacy in Song - Part I (1993)
the World Turns
LEA SALONGA: Some of the ones above were either shows that
I was interviewed on. I didn't always perform for the abovementioned shows. I
can't say that any one for sure provided a great opportunity to learn...
some of them were just great opportunities to sing. Some concerts were
opportunities to get autographs.
Which of the Filipino films that you appeared in (i.e. Maulit Muli - May
It Be Repeated, Bakit Labis Kitang Mahal - Why I Love You So Much, Tropang
Bulilit, Pik Pak Boom, etc.) still resonated with yourself and with the
Probably Sana Maulit Muli. Wherever I go in the Pinoy community, I'm greeted
with the "I saw you in that movie with Aga, the one in the States"
thing. It was a movie on which everyone who was involved with it, worked
really really hard.