Phillipa Soo is an award-winning American actress and singer. So far in her career, she has mostly appeared in theatre productions and has already recorded the remarkable achievement of originating roles in three Broadway productions; she originated the role of Natasha Rostova in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (2012 – 2013), Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Hamilton (2015 – 2016) and the titular Amélie in Amélie (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 did not only earn her awards but also brought her other opportunities Hollywood.
Phillipa Picked An Interest In Plays As A Child
Phillipa Soo was born on the 31st of May 1990 in Chicago, Illinois. The young Soo grew up in a creative environment filled with music, dancing, and art. In addition, her mother 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 which inspired her to become an actor.
In order to realize her dreams, she took dancing, acting, and singing lessons. During her time at Libertyville High School, she joined the school’s drama troupe and took part in several school productions. Upon her graduation in 2008, she gained admission into the prestigious Julliard Academy graduating in 2012.
Within the same year she graduated from 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.
Her Success In Hamilton And Subsequent Plays
After an outstanding performance in her debut show, director Thomas Kail invited her to audition for the role of Eliza in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s, Hamilton. Phillipa Soo landed the role and was part of the originating cast which played the show both off and on Broadway between 2015 and 2016. Soo received a lot of praise for her portrayal of Eliza in the play which earned her a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical.
Hamilton also turned out to be a hit since its premiered off-Broadway on February 17th, 2015. It has also won several awards including the Grammy Awards for the Best Musical Theater Album. The award-winning play eventually launched Soo and her fellow castmates into fame. Courtesy of the play, the entire cast had the privilege of visiting the White House in 2016 where they performed for the former U.S first family, the Obamas.
The Hamilton star was then seen between December 2016 and January 2017 performing the lead character, Amélie Poulain, in the play, Amélie at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. A preview performance began on Broadway on March 9th, 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre until the official opening on April 3rd, 2017. Once again, Soo thrilled the audience by her apt portrayal of her character. The show finally wrapped on May 21st, 2017.
Following her appearances in multiple widely acclaimed plays, Phillipa Soo landed the role of Rebecca in The Parisian Woman. A preview performance of the play began on November 7th, 2017, on Broadway at Hudson Theatre. The play later ran for about 5 months from the 30th of November 2017 to the 11th of March 2018. She was then seen in the 2020 musical play, Tumacho playing the role of Catalina which made its debut off-Broadway at the Connelly Theatre.
Soo’s Has Also Appeared In Non-Theatrical Works
Phillipa Soo is not only a stage actress as she has been featured in a handful of films over the years. In 2013, she made her debut appearance on-screen in the short film, Keep The Change, and she also appeared in 5 episodes of the TV series, Smash. The next year, she had a supporting role in the TV pilot Dangerous Voices as Nia, and in other productions like Moana, Here and Now, and The Code.
Her recent screen appearances include the 2020 film edition of Hamilton in which she reprised her character, Eliza Hamilton. She also appeared in The Broken Hearts Gallery which has an August 2020 release date. More so, she currently has the films, The One and Only Ivan and Over the Moon in post-production.
She Is Married To The American Actor, Steven Pasquale
Beyond her appearances in diverse successful stage plays, the Hamilton star is also a happily married woman. Her husband, Steven Pasquale, is a stage actor as well as a TV actor just like his wife. Some of his popular works are Rescue Me, The Good Wife, American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson, The Code, and theatre productions like The Robber Bridegroom, Carousel, American Son, and Miss Saigon.
Phillipa Soo and Steven Pasquale 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 then tied the knot on the 24th of September 2017 in New York City. This is the first marriage for Soo but that’s not the case for her husband; he was previously married to actress and Broadway star, Laura Benanti from 2007 to 2013.
Phillipa Soo Has A Strong Bond With Her Parents
Phillipa Soo comes from a tight-knit family. Her father, David Soo, is a medical doctor who is of Chinese-American ancestry while her mother, Sheila Chapman, works as a theatre admin and is of European-American ancestry; as a result, Phillipa is of mixed ethnicity. There is no indication that Soo has any siblings as she has not made mention of any brother or sister since she came to the limelight.
However, it is known that her parents were highly supportive of her decision to pursue a career in acting. The actress once recalled, in an interview with the New York Times in 2017, that her passion for performance was piqued as a child as she often listened to the Blues Brothers and Aretha Franklin during which she will try to demonstrate all that the singer did. More so, it was her parents who paid for the many lessons she took to grow her talent. Her parents also encouraged her to complete her formal education as they did not give her the option of abandoning her education in order to build her career on stage.