Rita Moreno, star of the original West Side Story movie, joined Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest to talk about the upcoming West Side Story remake from Stephen Spielberg, which she is executive producing.
The EGOT winner will also appear in the film in a re-worked role. “Instead of Doc who owns the candy store, I am going to play Valentina who owns the candy store,” she shared.
“I can’t wait to meet the cast. I can't wait to meet the young lady who’s playing Anita,” Moreno said.
Moreno famously won an Oscar for her performance as Anita in West Side Story in 1962. In fact, her Oscar speech was one of the shortest ever, and she shared with the Live With Kelly & Ryan audience her do-over: “I would have said something like, ‘On behalf of every unemployed actor and actress, I want to accept this miracle on behalf of those people who are still waiting for the opportunity to show their talent on the glorious platform that I have been given tonight, thank you to the Academy.’”
At that point, Moreno had already begun to carve out a career in theatre, making her debut in Skydrift in 1945. She also appeared in The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. After West Side Story, she went on to perform on Broadway in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Gantry, The National Health, The Ritz (for which she won her Tony Award), Wally’s Cafe, and The Odd Couple.