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Why Lea Salonga agreed to play unsympathetic character in ‘Yellow Rose’

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Lea Salonga

Just like everybody concerned in the native stay leisure scene, Tony winner Lea Salonga hopes to lastly have the option to get again to work, “one where I’d get to stand up in front of an audience and sing because I’ve really missed it,” she stated.

Lea stated the final concert events she did had been in Dubai in March 2020, and the final time she was anyplace onstage regionally was as a visitor in Rachel Ann Go’s present. “It’s been a ridiculously long time since I was actually working in the way I like to work. Most of the stuff I did in 2020 had been virtual, via Zoom, or prerecorded and to be shown later. I’ve also been busy baking bread,” she informed reporters throughout a Zoom chat organized by Star Cinema for her movie “Yellow Rose.”

“I’m hoping I’ll be able to get back into creating mode, whether it’s a concert or another theater piece. I want to be able to get in front of an audience again,” she declared.

Lea stated she wished that the world would come up with the COVID-19 virus and acquire management over it, “so that we can all finally get back to a somewhat normal existence. There are countries that are able to do it, so I’m hoping that we’ll do that, too, but I know it takes a concerted effort on our part. It’s tough, but I’m very patient. I can wait. I’ll keep on baking bread until I get back to work.”

Lea, who’s at all times seen in the Sunday selection present “ASAP Natin ’To” and one of many judges in the expertise search “The Voice Philippines,” stated, “There are a lot of us in the live events industry who can’t wait to get back to work, to be in front of people, but we know it’s not possible yet. I guess I’m going to have to sit on my hands and wait until the day that it is possible.”

Right now, Lea is concerned in the promotions for New York-based director Diane Paragas’ “Yellow Rose,” which has been streaming in the Philippines through KTX.ph since Jan. 29.

“Yellow Rose” tells the story of an undocumented Filipino woman named Rose (performed by Eva Noblezada), who goals of leaving her small city in Texas to pursue her nation music goals. Her plan is placed on maintain when her mom Priscilla (Princess Punzalan) is taken by immigration authorities and Rose is pressured to flee.

The movie premiered on the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 2, 2019.


“I’m hoping for ‘Yellow Rose’ to continue to be commercially successful because that will mean more similar stories will get told—more of our stories. I hope for the best because it means more opportunities for everybody,” Lea stated.

As to how she was satisfied to do the film, Lea stated it was her US-based supervisor, “who sent me the script and pushed me really hard to do this film. He said because it’s just the right thing to do. It didn’t take that much convincing because the script was beautiful,” she shared with reporters.

Lea described Gail Garcia, her character in the film, as “someone who isn’t well-liked.” She defined that “it’s something that’s far more interesting for me to play, after having played many ingenues and heroines in my career. To try to gain a little more empathy from the audience would be a little more challenging, unlike Rose who we know is the hero in the entire narrative of the film. I patterned this character from somebody I didn’t like and it made for an interesting shoot for me.”

Asked to evaluate “Yellow Rose” to her most memorable big-screen mission, “Sana Maulit Muli,” Lea stated: “It’s a different experience. You cannot compare the two, although they both tackle immigration issues. Even though there were a lot of topical issues tackled in the film, the centerpiece of ‘Sana Maulit Muli’ was the romance between Jerry and Agnes. For ‘Yellow Rose,’ even though there’s a romantic aspect to it, it focuses on the human component of what’s happening to the people affected by the unfriendly immigration policy in the United States.”

She added: “We don’t always get to see what happens to folks who go through that, so hopefully those who got to watch the movie were able to open their hearts and be empathetic toward people who are going through it.”

Lea stated working with Eva in the film had been a beautiful expertise. Like Lea, Eva first landed the starring position of Kim in the long-lasting musical “Miss Saigon” when she was an adolescent.

“I think it was a good thing that her first shooting days were with me. We already know each other so I guess there’s a good level of comfort going into this. It’s not like she was a total stranger. I met her when she was just 18 and was still doing Kim in the West End. I saw her again in ‘Miss Saigon’ in New York and in ‘Hadestown,’ where she blew me away on that stage. She’s going to blow people away with this movie,” Lea declared.

The actress stated she preferred that Eva registers properly on movie. “She wears her heart on her sleeve and that’s just how she is. She feels things in a very deep way. Everything registers on her face, in how she moves and how she speaks. It makes her a very natural actor,” Lea stated of the 24-year-old California-born actress. “She’s poised to become a major star. I told her her life is going to change for her once this movie comes out, as if it hasn’t already. There’s been so much going on in her life since her debut in the West End. I’m so excited for people here to finally meet her.”

Director Diane added: “One critic called our film ‘A Star is Born’ without the addiction, and that’s really a big part of the story on multiple levels. It’s the journey of a young woman pursuing her dream to be a country music singer, but it’s also an introduction to the star that is Eva Noblezada. Like Lea, I’m also excited for all of you to meet her. If you like ‘A Star is Born,’ then see it with some Filipino faces. It’s something that you can relate to in the movie.”


Watch “Yellow Rose” through KTX.ph, iWant TFC, Sky Cable pay-per-view, and Cignal pay-per-view. The movie is distributed by Cinexpress.


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