Currently on Broadway in the title role of Amélie, Tony nominee Phillipa Soo took a break from performing to visit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert April 27.
Only 26-years-old, the original Eliza Hamilton spoke of her earliest years performing. “I would put on shows for my family,” said Soo of her three-year-old self. But Soo didn’t limit her audience; she sang for anyone who was around, including the workers renovating her childhood home in Illinois. “I decided one day to put on my tutu and jump on the coffee table and sing Aretha Franklin songs for the painters that were painting the house.” (Watch the video above to hear her reenact her performance.)
Soo also reflected on her time in Hamilton. “There was a saying going around the theatre: It’s a train and you can jump on at any point whether you’re a lover of musical theatre or a lover of theatre or a lover of hip-hop or a lover of history—there was a way to jump on the train. I think what was so surprising is that there were so many kids who fell in love with this score and with Lin's music and this story. That was super-inspiring.”
She also shared the celebrity for whom she got most excited to meet after the show: Julie Andrews. “I couldn't stop smiling, my cheeks were hurting,” gushed Soo. “She's so poised and beautiful and a gift to us all.”