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" My parents were big movie-musical fans. And I thought 'Grease' was different from the usual MGM musical. I was intrigued and fell in love with it. "
" The first time I didn't get called back at an audition, I cried. My mom told me, 'We're doing this for fun, and if it's not fun anymore, we're not going to do it. So if you ever cry again, we're going to stop.' I never cried from then on, and I kept that lesson for the rest of my life. "
" I think it's important to play real people. "
" I was born in Southern California in a city called Norwalk. I grew up there until I moved up to New York when I was 18. "
" With 'Wicked,' I was stepping into a role that I didn't make so that felt like I had more boundaries then I did with 'Carousel.' "
" As I became an adult, I listened to a lot of jazz, to the ladies of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald and Carmen McRae and Nina Simone. I loved that they each covered the same songs and interpreted them totally differently. I thought that was so cool. They could each paint their own picture of that moment. "
" I think, going into a room for an audition, the best thing you can do is represent who you are specifically as an individual and what you can bring to a creative process in a room - as opposed to being worried about 'where you fit' - because that's really their job to decide where you fit. Your job is to just present the best 'you' you can. "
" I am not a beauty queen, and I was not the popular girl in high school. "
" At 'Wicked,' they are really great about letting you make your own choices with the roles. "
" When you are preparing for a role, you have a script to comb through and the writer's help in telling you about the character, and then you can fill in the gaps. When you are doing a cabaret show, it's very personal. You have the opportunity to share parts of yourself with an audience and figure out how you want to connect. "
" People learn from their mistakes and move forward. "
" It's nice to be with a male energy as opposed to a female energy. It's very different. "
" I knew if I were ever to leave 'Godspell,' which I loved so much, it would have to be for something really spectacular. "
" Getting an agent is hard, and I also think people rush to get an agent too soon. "
" I started taking voice when I was six and dance classes every day - I just couldn't get enough. "
" When I was 12, I played Dorothy in my community theatre production of 'The Wizard of Oz,' and it was very critically hailed by my school paper! "
" Gay men are still men. "
" Even though acting is my job, I do this because I love it, and when the love is gone, I'm not going to do it anymore. "
" I'm a Mexican girl from California, and I never grew up thinking I could be in a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. I didn't really see myself in that. Not that I didn't grow up loving Rodgers and Hammerstein, but I don't know - I just never put myself there. "
" I love my body. I love representing people who aren't stick figures, because people aren't. "
" I've always had a big voice, but I'm very aware of when you need to belt or go all out like that - when it's necessary and plot driven - as opposed to just screaming to scream, which I hate. "
" Judy Garland, Doris Day, and Gene Kelly were all big influences growing up from all of the films. I'm also a huge folk music fan - Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan have influenced a lot of how music can inspire change in our world. "
" I've always been afraid to do a solo show. When I go to see the great solo shows of Liz Callaway or Christine Ebersole, they have so many incredible stories to talk about, and their material and lives are so rich. I've always worried that my life was not rich enough. "
" It's been a huge honor to collaborate and create new theatre with new writers and to create theatre that will last after my lifetime. It's been in the most truthful way possible. It's my favorite thing to do. "
" I have a group of fans who pitched in and named a star after me... So. Cool. "
" I have a big persona onstage sometimes, but offstage, I'm super shy. Like, I don't want to perform for people - I'd rather die than sing in a room for someone. "
" I did 'The Sound of Music.' That was my first musical. "
" Being called ugly every day is not easy on the psyche. "
" I think I'm the person who keeps friends from hitting 'send.' I've definitely helped people go through emails before sending them. I'm a good proofreader. "
" I'm a big Broadway fan and a big MGM fan. "
" I think people feel completely stunted without an agent, but there's a lot of auditions to be had without one and a lot to be learned before you take an agent on. "