NAME: Phillipa Soo
NBC Asian America asked celebrities and industry leaders to nominate individuals for our inaugural list, and Phillipa Soo was nominated by celebrity fashion designer Prabal Gurung: "Phillipa is a tremendous stage talent, and was a brilliant trailblazer in 'Hamilton.'"
How do you introduce yourself?
I'm Phillipa Soo, I'm an actor and I love food.
What inspires you?
I'm inspired by people and their stories...by nature, music...by my loved ones.
What challenges you?
I have a horrible habit of being too hard on myself. I always try to remind myself to let go of my anxiety. Am I doing this right? Am I doing my best? Life isn't perfect, any failures you have are actually learning moments. They teach us how to grow and evolve.
Tell us about the biggest risk you ever took.
I came to New York City at the age of 18 with two suitcases. At the time I didn't think of it as a risk, but now that I look back on that moment I'm so amazed at my ability to adapt to the chaos of NYC. I loved it.
What are you reading/watching/listening to these days?
Watching "Big Little Lies" on HBO, reading "The Morning Breaks: The Trial of Angela Davis" by Bettina Aptheker, listening to S-Town podcast.
If you weren't doing what you're doing now, what job would you want to have?
I would like to open a restaurant.
What's your motto?
Follow your bliss.
I celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month because…
...I am proud to be a mixed race woman, and I am proud to honor and celebrate my Chinese heritage.