• Lea Salonga to guest in ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

    Lea Salonga celebrates 35 years in show business

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    Philippines’ very own Lea Salonga is set to guest in the season finale of American TV’s latest hit series, musical comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

    Salonga made the announcement on Monday night through her Twitter account, @MsLeaSalonga. She wrote, “I guess the news is out!!! I’ll be appearing on the season finale of @CW_CrazyXGF! And singing, too! How fun is that?!”

    The character or the number of her appearances is not yet confirmed but the show’s lead actress Rachel Bloom confirmed the news backstage at the recently concluded Golden Globes, where she won the Best Actress at the TV-Comedy category.

    Currently on its pilot season, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend follows the story of Rebecca Bunch (Bloom), a young woman who abandons her prestigious job at a law firm and her ideal life in New York to follow his Filipino-American ex-boyfriend living at West Covina, California. It particularly became a-must watch for Filipinos for it showcased the culture of Filipino families in California.

    “One of our characters happens to be Filipino so when we realized no one else had even made the effort to show a Filipino family on an American comedy, it taught me a lot about Filipino culture,” Bloom said at Golden Globes backstage. “It’s also taught me really about how important diversity is, if you want to tell a new story.”

    Bloom, who is also the show co-creator, continued, “Anything else I do from now on, I would want to make it about people who are diverse—people of color, gay, trans, because those are stories that have not been told before . . . and America is a melting pot of immigrants and I don’t think it’s acknowledged half as much as it should be on television.”

    The show has been receiving critical nods in the US but yet to appeal in the ratings game. CHRISTINA ALPAD


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