Unlike her dumb blonde yet well-loved character on the hit US musical TV series Glee, Heather Morris proved to be one articulate lady on her visit to Manila this week.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old American dancer-turned-actor was the special guest at the grand launch of PLDT Home and Smart’s brand new partnership with mega entertainment content provider iFlix at Green Sun in Makati City.
Glee is one of thousands of TV shows and movies from Hollywood, Europe and Asia that can be accessed through iFlix in the Philippines, via PLDT Home connections and mobile subscriptions from Smart.
Asked whether she knows what a hit Glee had become in the country since it premiered its first season back in 2009—including how Filipinos fell in love with her portrayal of ace dancer Brittany Pierce—Heather excitedly said yes.
“We have so many [Filipino] fans that contact us on Twitter, and even mothers who say, ‘I want to thank you so much for letting my daughter be herself.’ There are so many people who are so appreciative [of the show]it’s so touching to get their messages. You don’t even think that you’re actually touching people’s lives so I feel honored [to be able to do that],” she enthused.
Blown away by the warm welcome she received as soon as her plane landed in Manila, Heather revealed that her latest visit is actually her second time in the Philippines. Apparently, she had been part of the Manila leg of world tour in 2007 at Fort Bonifacio, as one of the singing superstar’s back up dancers. That was just a couple of years before she became a celebrity in her own right with Glee.
Heather started dancing at the age of nine and is trained in the different genres of jazz, tap and contemporary styles. At 19, she joined So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 in Los Angeles, where she made it as far as the show’s “Vegas Week.” Not one to give up, she eventually landed back up dancing stints for a number of Beyonce’s concert tours, several TV shows, which eventually led her to the set and the main cast of Glee. (Wikipedia)
Looking back at her career’s journey, Heather, who is now a happy wife and mom to an almost two-year-old son, had this advise to give her young Filipino fans, “Do whatever makes you feel comfortable, even if everyone else is not doing it. That’s what I’ve learned in the entertainment industry all these years.”
It’s also been her message on Glee all through its six seasons, a refresher’s course of which can easily be had with a click on iFlix.