This What’s Underneath episode features the untamed style and truth of Rent OG Daphne Rubin-Vega.
An original of originals through and through, she originated the role of Mimi Marquez in 1996 (clothes and all). Today, in her 40s, Daphne remains healthily unplugged from the status quo and more herself than ever. She is courageously upfront about showbiz’s sexism, ageism against women, and its racism against Latinas. In fact, the pressures have been so agonizing that she confesses to getting a boob and nose job, due to the belief that it would help her career, only to admit that it ultimately hasn’t made a different.
Currently, Daphne is living her dream, which is doing what she loves in the way that she loves it most. In her new solo play, Empanada Loca, she is a one-act force-of-nature, receiving the highest of accolades from the establishment that she has worked so hard to breakthrough: “I appreciate being called a success. But the truth is, I’m more than success: I’m a fucking miracle.”
For all of how Daphne has overcome the prejudice against her class, race, and gender to become a Tony-nominated actress who’s ripping through Broadway norms, watch her video above. Then spread her truth by sharing this post with your friends and loved ones!
With warmth and love,
Elisa + Lily