VIDEO: Entitled Fans Invade Disney Star’s Dressing Room

Lea Salonga Dressing room
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Becoming a Disney star may be something a lot of people dream about. Who wouldn’t love to say they voiced or portrayed a Disney princess, villain, or hero? Who wouldn’t love to record their own magical Disney song? Becoming a part of Disney history is something not a lot of people get to experience. And careers can take off from there. However, there is always a downside to becoming a person that a lot of people know. When you are famous, people forget that you are a person and think you owe them your time and kindness.

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Possibly one of the most famous voices from Disney movies is that of Lea Salonga. The talented actress and singer Lea Salonga provided the singing talent for Jasmine in Aladdin, and was also Mulan’s singing voice. While Ms. Salonga has had a number of small parts in television shows, she is most known for her work on Broadway. She has appeared in his stage productions like Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Allegiance, and Something Good.

Lea Salonga

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Salonga is currently starring in the new show Here Lies Love, which will open on July 20. It was after one rehearsal that something truly disturbing happened. Ms. Salonga was in her room, preparing to leave for the night when, suddenly, people she did not know walked into her dressing room. She asked who they were, and they said they were big fans. They also spoke to her in Filipino, which is her native language. Another woman came along and said that she was friends with some of the producers, which is why they were able to finagle their way backstage.

Audience members at ‘Here Lies Love’ were able to get backstage and infiltrate Lea Salonga’s dressing room and then wouldn’t leave?!?! She literally had to escort them out herself.

Ms. Salonga was very kind, but told the people that they were not on the list. A special list is created for those who are allowed backstage in order to keep performers safe. Ms. Salonga escorted the people towards the exit as they continued to try to talk to her. Then, as they were right at the exit door, Ms. Salonga continued to be kind and allowed them to take a picture with her.

The fan quickly received a lot of backlash and went on social media to try to defend their actions, which also did not go over well. The person ended up blaming Ms. Salonga and saying that the actress should have been nicer.

This VIDEO is Part 2 (dressing room scene) Part 1 took palce right after the show downstairs of the stage and only a few staff left before we entered (too bad I didn’t take a video of that because of so much excitement and excitement))) but promise that Part 1 is worse – I didn’t take a video because we were chasing pictures and really… I didn’t expect it to be like that. 

And here it is,, because I feel that what haoppened in part 1 will happen again.. SACRIFICE I really have a feeling that he will do the same again so I really prepared by video and there it is, SO MATCHED the scene in the first episode that I didn’t video… “promizzz it’s worse because we are the Garbage thrown in front of people there (Filipino and American…)) oh my, I don’t want to be bashhh… This is a real story. 

My Sister LEA, 

If ever we are wrong and we are not in the guest list, the Fact that we are already there just to take pictures.. lined up and paid dearly for the Show, maybe as a fellow FILIPINO and FANS to be given at least a little RESPECT AND EVEN IF NO LONGER HUGS  OR KISSES  you can be allowed to take a PICTURE for a moment (that’s just fast 📷 )

While Ms. Salonga was very nice throughout the horrible experience, she was not happy. She took to Twitter to share that she has boundaries, and it isn’t right for people to think they can cross them whenever they want.

When one of our lead producers and our dance captain saw the video and learned about what happened, they said, “You were still very nice, if that were me I would’ve cussed at them and kicked them out.” I’m not the type to cuss people out, but I will protect my territory and my boundaries. If I lose fans as a result, so be it.

Some of Salonga’s fellow theater actors chimed in and said that Filipino fans — like the ones in the video — are some of the most entitled fans they have encountered. That statement was backed up by others, who said that those fans seem to think they are owed something and can become very aggressive. Ms. Salonga did not disagree with that statement, but her overall attitude was fed up with entitlement period. As she should be.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!

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