Lea Salonga has been a performer for more than 30 years but she is not resting on her laurels.
While she has earned international recognition and brought pride to the Philippines, she does not see herself retiring yet.
The thespian tagged as the Broadway Diva feels there is still so much more that she can improve on as a performer.
At the recent press conference of her ongoing musical play, Fun Home, this thespian revealed what to expect from her in the near future.
ON TOP OF HER GAME. Now in her mid-40s, Lea says retirement is far from her mind.
“It doesn’t feel like I’m heading toward retirement. No. it doesn’t feel like that,” she replied at the Fun Home press conference held last November 4.
“There are times when I feel like I’m hitting my stride. That there are things I’m finding that I’m still improving at… which is nice because to be 45 and still finding things that I can be better at, is really cool. And if I lose that, I might be in trouble.”
Currently, Lea stars as Helen Bechdel in the critically-acclaimed musical play Fun Home, which started last November 10 and will run until November 27 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium in RCBC Plaza.
She achieved another feat by becoming a champion coach when her ward, Joshua Oliveros, became the grand champion of The Voice Kids Season 3.
CHALLENGING HERSELF. Lea told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she is planning to stage another concert when her play ends.
She added that she is very much willing to resume her role as one of the coaches should another edition of The Voice of the Philippines come up.
Until when will Lea remain active in showbiz?
“I guess as long as people aren’t tired of listening to me signing or seeing me or what. That means I still have a job,” she said with a smile.
She feels grateful whenever her agent informs her that she will be getting a new gig or a project and describes her feeling as “a kid in a candy store.”
“I’m hoping that there will always someone who’ll wanna hear my voice.
“I try to take care of myself so that my voice won’t lose its quality and I try to pick material that’s still challenging, that’s current and relevant, and smart and fun to do.”
In short, even when Lea has been doing what she’s doing in the past three decades and more, she still loves what she’s doing and is ready to take on new challenges.