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Lea Salonga on 'Yellow Rose' star Eva Noblezada: 'She's poised to be a major superstar'

Lea couldn't wait for people to see Eva's mindblowing performance in "Yellow Rose"

Patricia Matalog
Patricia Matalog

1/26/2021 in News
Lea Salonga on 'Yellow Rose' star Eva Noblezada: 'She's poised to be a major superstar'

Broadway Diva and Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga has nothing but praise for "Yellow Rose" star Eva Noblezada.

During the film's media conference yesterday, January 25, Lea shared her working experience with the Filipino-American actress.

"It was wonderful finally getting to work with her. I think it was a good thing that her first shooting day was with me. The two of us already know each other so I guess there was a good level of comfort for the both of us going into this," she shared.

In terms of how she witnessed Eva as an actress, Lea believes that she has the characteristics of a "superstar."

"She is gonna blow people away with this movie. She really registers well on film, she wears her heart on her sleeve and that's apparent as a human being, that's just how she is. She feels things in a very, very deep way as a human," she said.

"Just being around her, just talking to her, working with her, it's very transparent. Everything registers on her face, everything registers on how she moves and how she speaks so it makes her a very natural actor. And she registers really strong on camera. She's luminescent, she glows really well on screen. And I think people are going to recognize her as a star."

Lea also believes that "Yellow Rose" is going to be a life-changing project for Eva.

"I'm glad that people are going to meet Eva this way. I think she's gonna blow people over. I think she's poised to be a major superstar. I said that her life's gonna change once this movie comes out. And I still believe that it's going to happen," she said.

Since they both come from a theater background, Lea also talked about the similarities Eva's career has to hers.

"I think she will have an easier go at it than I did," she said. "I think when I started everything, there wasn't a whole lot of representation. Eva is coming in now where there seems to be more representation now on television, on film, and in theater. It seems like that the change at such a racial phase but at least change is happening."

"And I think with films like 'Yellow Rose,' it will serve to show how diverse it is within an Asian-American community. It will show how many stories have still yet to be told," she added.

She's also looking forward to sharing the stage with Eva one day

"I think it would be fun, and it's nice being my age now working with someone like her. I mean obviously I don't have to teach her with anything, I don't have to show her everything because she's carving a very unique path of her own," she enthused.

Also starring Princess Punzalan, "Yellow Rose" will be streaming this January 29 on the following platforms: KTX.ph, Iwant TFC, Cignal PPV, and Sky Cable PPV.

Haven't seen the trailer yet? Watch it here:

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