By Matthew Blank
30 Jul 2013
Her performance earned the Juilliard graduate a 2013 Drama League Award nomination.
|Full given name:||Phillipa Soo|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Libertyville, IL|
|Special skills:||I make a really great risotto, and will knock your socks off with my chocolate chip scones.|
|Something you're REALLY bad at:||Playing basketball. I was on the team in fifth grade for maybe three days.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Chicago|
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||The first time Carlo Goldoni's Servant of Two Masters was performed|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Fred Astaire|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||Ivo Van Hove's Hedda Gabler by Toneelgroep Amsterdam. It was incredible.|
|You personal acting idols:||
I grew up going into Chicago and seeing a lot of theatre because of my mom. I have been seeing shows at Steppenwolf since I was ten. |
My mother's good friend Yasen Peyankov is a company member there. They worked together at European Repertory Company in Chicago. We would always go to see his shows. Little did I know I grew up watching some of the best theatre in America.
|MAC or PC?||MAC|
|Most played song on your iPod:||Regina Spektor's "Ne me quitte pas"|
|Most-visited websites:||smittenkitchen.com, joythebaker.com. I love food!|
|Last book you read:||"Home" the Julie Andrews autobiography|
|Must-see TV show(s):||"House of Cards." The writing is amazing.|
|Some films you consider classics:||"The Apartment," "Citizen Kane," Charlie Chaplin's films, and of course, "Clueless"|
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||James Thieree. I saw his show at BAM a few years ago and was utterly captivated by his stage pictures and storytelling|
|Three favorite cities:||Aside from NYC: Santa Fe, Amsterdam, Chicago|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||Backstreet Boys|
|Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:||
One of my first ballet recitals when I was probably three or four. I had a terrible case of stage fright, so badly in fact that I refused to go onstage. The entire recital had happened and I got to sit in the holding room with the older girls in the pretty Swan Lake costumes. |
The bows were coming and my teacher, Miss Lisa was her name, asked me if I could be brave enough to go onstage and bow with her next to me. I agreed, and after my entire class had taken their bows I scurried onstage next to Miss Lisa. She took her bow, then gestured to me, and I took my bow, the bow we had practiced every day at the end of class. Applause!
For some reason I never had trouble going onstage after that, and grew to love it more and more.
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