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Feature Friday : Sa(d)a Ramirez

by kranARI

Some (and by some, I mean one) people have been asking to know more about Sara Ramirez. It is always my pleasure to indulge the whims of my readers and fork out some cool information on a woman who, I find strong, inspiring and vastly talented.

Sara Ramirezphoto courtesy of afterellen.com

Sara seems to me like the type of person who not unlike her character on Grey’s Anatomy, is very bubbly, has a great sense of humour and is easily approachable. Her bigger than life personality is simply a reflection of her passion, cultural upbringing and artistic nature.

At first glance you might think Sara was purely Latina in background but she is actually half Irish as well. Coming from a mixed background myself, I can empathise at how quickly people draw conclusions based upon how you look or what you sound like. Though she was born in Mexico, she moved to San Diego before even reaching her teenage years and was often sadly the target of childish racist remarks and cultural phobias.

Sara Ramirez

Learning to stand up for herself and possessing quite a high level of self awareness, she was able to slowly acquire the confidence to pursue a career in the performing arts.

For such an intelligent mind, generally geared towards sciences and mathematics, she opted instead to explore her creative side after being accepted at the prestigious Julliard school of performing arts.

Soon after, she was exploring Broadway roles and quickly found critical acclaim for her parts in The Gershwins’ Fascinating Rhythm and of course Spamalot, which won her both a Tony and a Outer Critics Circle Award.

Sara Ramirez Spamalotphoto by NY magazine

However, it is not her struggle of being in the cultural minority of actresses whose talent wins critical acclaim that makes us want to get to know more about her, but her electric personality both on screen and television. Sara is a constant reminder to young women that people can be sexy and attractive not because of their weight or their beauty but also because of their capacity to light up a room with their presence, their smile and their charisma.

What truly makes her attractive is her ability to embrace her true self, just as she is, culturally, linguistically, academically, artistically, physically and intellectually. This is why it is so great to have her on our screens as a role model of diversity and talent so that women can finally look up to something real; something that they can actually strive to be.

Sara Ramirezphoto courtesy of sara-ramirez.org

So without making this sound too corny, have a further look into the career of Ms Ramirez, her theatre work, her television role as Callie Torrez in Grey’s Anatomy and her interviews and hopefully be inspired to embrace those parts of yourself which set you apart from the crowd and make you unique.

INTERVIEW ON CRAIG FERGUSON

PERFORMANCE AT THE 2005 TONY AWARDS

MAD lib VIDEO IMPROVISATION

Her voice is insane in this following clip. (MAD libs is a phrasal template word game where one player prompts another for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story; these word substitutions have a humorous effect when the resulting story is then read aloud.)

SARA ON GREY’S ANATOMY

If you’d like to read more on Sara Ramirez, I would suggest checking out her interview with Sara Witness on AfterEllen.com

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Moody Monday : Musical Theatre finally makes its way from the stage to TV

by kranARI

Today’s post is about two things: musical theatre and television. The following photo shoot is dedicated to musical theatre actresses who have carved out significant television careers and have some great juicy musical experience under their belt.

I have always been in awe of performers who possess the “triple threat” – people who can act, sing and dance are in my mind not only gifted but damn rare. Add on a few more ingredients like beauty and intelligence and you have the whole package.

Having been raised and bred educationally in the theatre / musical theatre arena, I have had the good fortune of having seen lots of amazing talent pass before my eyes and today I’m happy to say, after the era of High School Musical and Hannah Montana, that TV producers are finally investing in shows, directors and actors who are musically talented and are bringing these gifts of theirs to our screens.

If you’re a Glee fan, you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to. This past week’s episode “Theatricality” as well as “The Power of Madonna” are prime examples of excellent musical theatre (singing, dancing, outrageous costumes and corny but precious dramatic moments) translated to television.

I’m truly in awe of what this show has achieved and am hoping it will carve the way for new groundbreaking material. Here are my favourite current TV musical theatre girls.

Idina Menzel

IDINA MENZEL

Won our hearts over as the “evil witch” of “Wicked” (watch her duet “Defying Gravity with Helen Dallimore) and can now be seen on the hit series Glee, singing her heart out with Lea Michele. Check out the video at the end of the article for the famous duet Poker Face”.

Lea Michele

LEA MICHELE

Suspiciously resembles Idina Menzel (and of course was cast as her daughter in “Glee”- a fact which makes me wonder who came first, the chicken or the egg). Make sure to watch their electrifying duet of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”. On stage, critics raved about her performance as the lead in “Spring Awakening” but even as a child, it was clear that Lea was meant for big things. She might portray the annoying, uber-talented know-it-all on the TV series “Glee” but audiences cannot get enough of this vocal diva.

Kristin Chenoweth

KRISTIN CHENOWETH

Who knew such a small person could have such a big voice – and what a presence she is. Chenoweth has not only bravely spoken out for male gay actors who play straight and rightly defended them against the infamous Newsweek article published a couple of months ago but more importantly has demonstrated her personal power through her artistry. Kristin is best known among the Broadway community for her role in Wicked as the original “good witch” Glinda and of course her collection of Tony, Emmy and Satellite awards.

Sara Ramirez

SARA RAMIREZ

The thing I love about Sara Ramirez is her confidence. You can tell just by the way she walks (see “Red Dress” Runway fashion clip) into a room and the echo that her voice creates and her killer smile that she is a women comfortable in her own skin and that is a really sexy quality to possess. My feeling is that her musical theatre experience has helped harness her talent and build her confidence and it’s a truly rare and beautiful thing to see a “nomal, real” looking woman on screen,especially in comparison to her stick-thin co-stars on “Grey’s Anatomy”. She might be Arizona Robert’s other half on TV, but on Broadway she has built a steady career spanning from the late nineties till today.

 

 

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