Lea Salonga

Name: Lea Salonga

Lea and Kermit

I hope I look this good when I’m 44!  I also hope I get to meet Kermit the Frog!

Fictional: Nope!

Universe: Broadway and Disney

Bio: Lea Salonga became a Broadway star at age 18 when she starred in Miss Saigon in London and on Broadway. She won several awards for her performance, including the Tony award (and the first Asian American to do so). She also performed in both the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts of Les Miserables as Eponine and Fantine respectively. Most people outside of the theatre community probably know her best as the singing voice for both Princess Jasmine and Mulan, for which she was named a Disney Legend in 2011. She is currently starring on Broadway with George Takei and Telly Leung in Allegiance, which will run until February 14th.

Why I have a crush on her:

My two biggest nerd areas are Disney and theatre, and Lea Salonga satisfies both of these.

I’ve been in love with Lea Salonga’s voice for what seems like forever. As with most people, I first heard her when she sang A Whole New World in Aladdin. And then she also got to sing as Mulan. Classic Disney films and animations used to use the same actors for several movies, but the more modern Disney animated films very rarely use the same actor in two different movies, at least not for the lead characters, so I can only imagine how cool it must be to claim credit for TWO Disney Princesses! Growing up I wanted to be a voice over artist badly, and I really wanted to voice a Disney Princess.

And then there’s her theatre resume. She’s played both Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables; two roles most people would kill to do and she’s done both (and I don’t think she murdered anyone to do them, but I can’t say for sure). She’s also played Grizabella in Cats and Cinderella in the Rogers and Hammerstein show in the Philippines. And of course she starred in Miss Saigon and Flower Drum Song on Broadway.

But here’s the thing I didn’t realize until I recently started following her on Facebook; Lea Salonga is a big ole’ nerd like the rest of us. She certainly has no issues speaking her mind, supporting women’s rights, minority’s rights, and artist’s rights. She also makes Star Wars references and pines over Tom Hiddleston! The more I read about her, the more I love her.

My gosh, #Metalocalypse still kicks major butt!!!

Posted by Lea Salonga on Friday, January 15, 2016

And Lea, if you’re reading this, I have a Mulan poster that Ming Na-Wen signed, and I’d love to add your autograph to it!

She Geek Issue #1

You know what this world needs? Another blog of course!

Welcome to the She Geek Diaries! I’ve been trying to figure out how to introduce this blog, but I’m not so great at organizing my thoughts (I know that bodes REALLY well for a form of media that relies on writing). So I figure the best way to get this thing off the ground is to answer some N.A.Q.s (Never Asked Questions).

Where did the name “She Geek” come from?

I’ve been reading The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta. It’s a fun read and I recommend it, but at one point She Hulk says, “Male is not the default superhero gender.” I thought that was a bit ironic coming from a character whose name is the female pronoun slapped in front of her male counterpart’s name.

So I’m choosing to honor She Hulk’s feminist ideals by stealing her patriarchal name. I realize it makes no sense, but there are far more important things going on in the world than superhero names.

Why did you choose to start a blog?

Because I wanted to.

How often will you post?

My aim is to post at least one diary entry a week. In addition there will be a “woman crush” every Wednesday.

What is this blog going to be about?

Everything. It’s a diary, so it’s whatever random thoughts come to my mind. I’ll try and relate most posts to geek culture, but some will just be about everyday life. There will probably be quite a few posts about wedding planning.

Did you say wedding planning?

I sure did! I’m getting married July 2016! My fiancé is also a huge geek (you can find his blog at ThereforeIGeek.com). We are planning a chic-geek wedding. It’s going to be quite fun!

Ok, but this is really going to be a blog about cosplaying, right?

Not every geek blog written by women centers around cosplaying. I do enjoy getting dressed up, and I’ll probably write a little bit about it, but if that’s what your into then there are much better blogs to follow.

So why should I follow your blog?

I have no idea.  Beacuse voyeurism has become a national pastime? Oh, and because I’ll post lots of pictures of my dog.

You have a dog?

Yes, and I’m mildly obsessed with him.

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Yes, that’s an Ewok in his mouth.

I’m more of a cat person.

I also have two cats, but I haven’t had them for as long and they’re not as easy to dress up. Also, that wasn’t a question.

Let’s get back on topic. What fandoms are you into?

My biggest fandom is probably Disney, but I’m into everything.

-Star Wars

-Firefly

-Doctor Who

-Marvel

-Muppets

-Broadway Musicals

-Harry Potter

-X-Men

-Lots of other stuff that isn’t coming to mind right now

 

I think just about covers it.