Marie Claire cover girl Lea Salonga: In Fine Form

by ingrid villafuerte
Apr 12, 2007
Lea Salonga is back with a vengeance! The Broadway star talks about loving the two roles she currently portrays—as a mom to Nicole and as Fantine in Les Miserables.

Just like any proud mother, Lea Salonga takes note of her daughter Nicole's milestones. Turning one this coming May, Nicole can already close and open her hands on cue and has already begun crawling about. "She has big feet," Lea tells Marie Claire magazine this April, "Maybe she'll be a runner."

Motherhood has certainly helped Lea tackle her latest role in Broadway, as she plays Fantine in the Les Miserables. "It's the understanding of how far a mother would go to make sure that her child is well taken care of, that her child is in a good place," she explains, "It's something that I wasn't able to bring before to any of the other roles I played."

As Marie Claire takes an exclusive peek into Lea's life on Broadway, Lea shares how having a healthy self-image has helped her career and her personal life.

While she felt pressure to lose weight back in the days when she originated the role of Kim in Miss Saigon, Lea clues us in on her principle to appreciating her body and her self. "It's kind of a reverse psychology. The more you worry about something, the more likely it is that it will haunt you. And when you worry less about something, the less it becomes of a problem."

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Find out more about Lea, her life on Broadway, and why she's grateful to have great genes by grabbing your copy of the April issue of Marie Claire magazine, now available in all leading bookstores and magazine stands nationwide at P125 per copy.

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