Phillipa Soo is an award-winning American actress and singer. She has mostly featured in theatre productions and has so far recorded the remarkable achievement of originating roles in three Broadway productions. They are Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2012 – 2013), Hamilton (2015 – 2016) and Amelie (2017). Soo is, however, most popular for her role as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the Broadway smash-hit and internationally acclaimed musical, Hamilton. Her excellent performance in the play not only earned her awards and other recognitions but also brought her opportunities in Hollywood. Find out more about this rising star here including her ethnicity, net worth, age, husband etc.
Phillipa Soo Bio (Age and Ethnicity)
Phillipa Soo was born on the 31st of May 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. Her father is Chinese-American while her mother is European-American with English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. Soo, therefore, has a mixed ethnicity comprising of Chinese, Irish, Scottish and English elements. The young Soo grew up in a creative environment filled with music, dancing and art. In addition, her mom worked as a theatre admin and often took her to see various Shakespearean plays. As a result of this, she fell in love with theatre and acting at a very young age, and aspired to become an actor. In order to realise her dreams, she took dancing, acting and singing lessons. She also joined her high school’s drama troupe and took part in several school productions.
Phillipa Soo graduated from Libertyville High School in 2008 and gained a place at the prestigious Julliard Academy. While in her final year at Julliard, Soo auditioned for and got the role of Natasha Rostova in an Off-Broadway production of the musical Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Her excellent portrayal of the love-struck Natasha earned her rave reviews from many quarters. She was thereafter invited to audition for the role of Eliza in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s global smash hit, Hamilton. She landed the role and was part of the originating cast which played the show both off and on Broadway between 2015 and 2016. The multiple award-winning play has rocketed Soo (and her fellow castmates) to fame and has also landed her roles. Since Hamilton, Soo has appeared in other theatrical productions such as Amelie (from 2016 to 2017) and The Parisian Woman (from 2017 to 2018). Soo has also gotten roles in Hollywood including the NBC series, Smash as well as the upcoming CBS series, The Code.
Phillipa Soo comes from a tight-knit family. Her dad, David Soo, is a Chinese-American as well as a doctor. Her mom, Sheila Chapman, is European-American and works as a theatre admin. There is no indication that Soo has any siblings. Her parents were highly supportive of her decision to pursue a career in acting. They taught her about shows and business and also paid for the many lessons she took to grow her talent. Her parents also encouraged her to complete her formal education.
The Hamilton star is married to fellow actor, Steven Pasquale. Pasquale is a stage actor and has also appeared on the small screen (TV series) and the big screen (movies). Some of his most popular works are Rescue Me, The Good Wife, American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson (TV series) and The Robber Bridegroom, Far From Heaven, Carousel and Miss Saigon (theatre productions). The couple met and started dating in 2015, after being introduced by another Hamilton actor, Jonathan Groff. They got engaged in February 2016 and shared the pictures on their different Instagram accounts. The lovely couple tied the knot on the 24th of September 2017 in New York City. This will be the first time that Soo is getting hitched. On the other hand, her husband was previously married to actress and Broadway star, Laura Benanti. The marriage began in 2007 and they divorced in 2013.
Phillipa Soo is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 123lbs or 56kg. Her hair is light brown in colour while her eyes are dark brown. Soo has received several awards in the course of her remarkable career. They include a 2015 Tony Award nomination for best actress in a musical and the 2015 Clarence Derwent Award for the Most Promising Female Performer. Others are the Favourite Breakthrough Performer at the 2016 Broadway.com Audience Awards (for her role in Hamilton), Favourite Feature Actress in a play at the 2018 Broadway.com Audience Award (for her role in The Parisian Woman).
Soo’s net worth is still under review. This is not surprising given that her career is still taking off. However, when her net worth becomes available, we will be the first to let you know. With regards to earnings, we do know that she and her fellow Hamilton co-stars made up to $100,000 per annum from the hugely successful show. On the other hand, show creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda earned money running into six figures. This is due to the fact that he not only created the show but wrote the music and also starred in it.