I can trace the journey of “Moana” in the journey of my son’s life. I found out I got the job on “Moana” the same day I found out I was going to be a father. My wife was going on a business trip and she was leaving first thing in the morning. She turned to me and said, “You’re gonna be a father. I gotta go catch a plane.”
And I went, “What? That’s great.” And fell back asleep. I had to call her back for confirmation. Then I got the call later that afternoon that I got the job. They called me again and said, “We’re all going to New Zealand this weekend; you’re leaving first thing in the morning.” It was pre-“Hamilton.” So I’ve been working on this for two years and seven months. My son [just] turned 2.
It was really kind of an incredible journey. And the “Hamilton” phenomenon happened while I was writing it.
How did you split the time?
I had to really protect my writing time. In one sense it was really great, because, you know, when something is as successful as “Hamilton” everyone wants a piece of you. Everyone wants 10 minutes to talk about their pitch, or press, or what have you. The things that come with the success of a thing.
I got the luxury of having to say no to a ton because I was like, “Tuesdays and Thursdays are full-time ‘Moana’ writing days.” I would meet via Skype with the creative writing team at 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, then I would go to the chiropractor, then I would get into costume for a 7 p.m. show. It was built into my performance schedule.
I also had the luxury of amazing singers in the building — so a lot of my early demos for “Moana” is [the “Hamilton” cast]. Pippa [Phillipa] Soo, who played my wife, singing Moana’s tunes, and Chris Jackson, who played George Washington, singing Maui’s tunes. He’s actually in the movie: He’s the singing voice of Moana’s dad.
What was the key that unlocked the character of Moana for you?
The thing that resonated for me with Moana is she is not someone who hates where she is. Moana loves her family, she loves her island. She knows she’s got responsibilities and she’s ready to embrace them. And yet there is this voice inside her that says you’re not supposed to be here, you’re supposed to be somewhere else.
I can relate to that. I was a kid who was always making stuff. I didn’t know whether I wanted to make action movies or animated cartoons or musicals, but I was always just making stuff. My parents were like, “This is not practical. You’ll be a great lawyer.” And it was never gonna happen. I loved my parents and I loved where I lived, but I also had this voice that was, what’s the distance between me and what I want. That’s what I tried to imbue her with without villainizing the things around her. It’s not “there must be more than this provincial life,” it’s “I love it here and yet; and yet every time I absentmindedly walk I find myself at the water again.”
Given the love for “Hamilton” in the world, given that its journey is not over by a long shot, there is going to be some high school in Kansas that wants to mount a production of “Hamilton” and all of the roles are gonna be played by white kids. Is that missing the point? Or is that the point?
When it comes to kids, I relax all of my rules. When I think from my perspective I got to be a son in “Fiddler,” I got to be Conrad Birdie, I got to play roles that I’ll never get to play as an adult. Once you’re an adult, the world puts you in a box and you’re cast by type and ethnicity. I directed “West Side Story” my senior year in high school. I was one of the only Latino kinds in my school, so my Sharks were white and Asian. At the same time, I was able to flip that into a teaching moment. I brought my dad in to do dialect coaching so it wasn’t [bad] Hollywood accents, it was authentic Puerto Rico accents that these kids were attempting.
I hope there’s enough in “Hamilton” that if you go to a school where there are literally no kids of color — and that is increasingly rare in our country, which is a good thing — your job is to honor the story. For me “In the Heights” has been this. I get joy from both sides of it. I get joy that kids who go to schools that are largely white suddenly are waving Dominican flags around and having to learn Spanish to understand what they’re singing. So they’re getting a dose of cultural education by virtue of doing this show they like. Whether or not they have quote unquote permission to do it. They’re getting it. The medicine is going in. You now have empathy for a group of people that have never been in your school.
I’m grateful for that. Then when a school in the South Bronx does it and it’s all black and Latino kids and the sense of ownership and pride they feel — like this is ours, this is about our families — there’s no quantifying the joy I get from seeing a production like that.
I think keeping kids from art is not something that’s interesting to me. Now, regional productions are a whole different thing. When you’re in a professional production it’s like, cast [it] right. Save yourself the headache of everything that comes with a very important conversation about cultural appropriation.
Is there somebody who has the ‘How to be a Celebrity’ playbook that you’re cribbing from? You’ve navigated the pre-“Hamilton” to post-“Hamilton” transition better than most.
You learn very quickly that the trappings of it is how much you bring to it. If you surround yourself with three security guards and an entourage, people are gonna look at you. As opposed to my friend Josh Groban, who takes the train to work. And he’s Josh Groban. He’s got millions of fans. He wears it lightly. He’s still just a guy. I’m inspired by that. I refuse to sit on a pedestal that people want to put you on. I’ll write a dumb tweet in the morning and someone will be like, “Pulitzer Prize winner. Can’t get his coffee right.”
You can’t stop being the person you were just because more people are looking at you. […]
Mon el deserves more it breaks my heart to see all this hate for him I mean he’s an alien who is trying his best to live a “normal life” on a new planet he made mistakes? Yes and he’ll probably make a lot more of those on his journey. He’s learning from Kara that helping people is actually really great and he’s learning about love. He had his planet destroyed everyone he knew died he’s in a completely different world of course he’s gonna make mistakes and do things his way that doesn’t mean he’s a bad person he’s trying. If it was James or Lena I’m sure this “fans” would understand because it’s all about how Mon el on the show is bad because your ship isn’t happening right? Well here it is I’m sorry but don’t say is because he’s on the show because one of the best things that ever happened this season was Chris Wood joining the cast (and Chris is a puppy who doesn’t deserve all this hate he never did anything to you he’s just doing his job and I’m sure he’s really sad about this crappy comments about his character)
Can everyone just quit their whining about Trump already? I had to deal with Obama for 8 freaking years. Trump is your president now-so suck it up and deal with it like proper Americans. Show him some goddamn respect. I may have hated Obama but at least I respected him and didn’t take to social media afterwards and cry and complain about how I thought the world was gonna end because he was the new president. You may not feel safe under Trump but I sure as hell didn’t feel safe with Obama as my “leader.” Man up. Woman up. Just freaking grow up. Rather than whimper about the things you can’t change, why don’t you try focusing on something else positive? It’s really not that hard. And let those of us who do like Trump be to celebrate the return of the American dream. I’m ready for America to be great again and if your not-shut your freaking mouth about it.
So before this year ends, I’m gonna go ahead and post my resolutions for 2017. I’m really excited for next year, I can already tell it’s gonna be awesome :D Thank you @aoademic for tagging me ^_^
1. Be studyblr-worthy.
I LITERALLY started this blog yesterday, and I’m really happy to be seeing some followers already. Therefore, I want to actually live out my life well so that I can make great content. That means investing in little things like taking better notes, not hitting snooze (HAHA) or getting Starbucks more often to set the studying mood.
2. Write more essays or stories.
This year, I want to participate in more writing contests to get a little more money or just for the sake of knowing I can write well by winning (i love competition!) If possible, I want to join my school paper as well.
3. Be a better leader and a kinder person.
Some people irl actually say they’re scared of me (omg) and I want to be nicer to others, especially in leading groupmates or classmates. I can be really harsh and judgemental on people aroud me, and that has to change :)
4. Manage my time wisely.
I cannot adequately stress how my perfectionism always gets the best of me, leading me to waste time often, so I need to properly schedule to avoid that. Maybe I’ll have to change up my sleep schedule, but it will be worth it :p
5. Take care of my body.
Because of schoolwork, I tend to skip meals, do all-nighters and eventually neglect how I look (ahhhh), so I want to be more mindful of that. Perhaps walking more around campus or daily workouts will do the trick.
A little photo of my current tanks and a few of their inhabitants. I’m so glad I took the plunge got into aquariums, I absolutely love everything about them and they have been a great calming outlet over the past 8 months or so.
I’m going to be breaking both of these tanks down and taking it all up to Scotland when I move up on the 10th. Things are gonna be changing, but hopefully my plush production will be increasing and I want to make a bunch of new designs soon!
okie dokie, so i’m gonna try to keep this as short and sweet as possible. but, being my luck, this is about to get long, redundant, and sappy as fuck. so, buckle in kiddies and i’m sorry in advance lmao. but, hey! here’s to another year on this hellhole of a website, right??? (^: then again, no matter what–i can’t help but say that i’ve actually met and/or got to write with so many great people this year! hell, even if we don’t really talk a lot, if we just became mutuals, or if we’ve known each other since the beginning; i’d just like to say that i appreciate ALL of you guys SO fucking much omfg. i honestly can’t say that enough. it doesn’t matter if you’re on this list or if i accidentally forgot to slip you in there, just know that i’m ALWAYS so grateful to interact with and witness so many great writers! and, shit, even if we haven’t gotten a chance to write yet, then that’s alright. we can always try to write something together this coming year!
but, no matter what, i’m so fucking thankful for you all?? i don’t think i’d still even be here if it wasn’t for you guys. i’m always so honored to skim through all the writing i get so see on my dash, and i’m always stoked whenever i get to write with all of my super talented rp partners–or when i just get to read everyone’s shit in general tbqh. now i know i’m not very good with these sort of things since i just babble a lot, but EVERYONE, just keep up the grade A writing, and here’s to hoping for a great time this coming year! so, and with most of the sappy stuff out of the way–
i hope y’all have had a merry christmas and a happy new year!
This fandom is still so new and inactive it actually motivated me to start my own fandblog, I can’t believe it.
There’s probably gonna be a lot of The Rowdy Three, Amanda (and Farah, and Amanda/Farah bc honestly, how can you not ship them), Dirk/Todd and just generally me admiring how great this show is and how great the characters are and what a genius Douglas Adams was and how much he would have loved the TV show.
Nagito, let me sum this up for you in two words: Unh-unh.
You know, I didn't want to have to say this, but it's your fault I'm in this mess.
My fault? Oh, this one here is gonna be good.
Before you showed up, I was leading a nice, sheltered existence. But you made me see that there was a whole new world outside of Hope's Peak Academy, filled with talentless people who still work hard and do great things. I like that world. It's like a drug, Hajime, and you got me hooked!
Well, you better go cold turkey before you wind up a dead duck.
Nagito, no. Now, I'm sorry that you got yourself into this little predicament, but trying to blame it on me--now that's just low.
You're right...I can't believe I said that. You've always been so good to me. *tears up* I'm just so desperate. I'm a terrible, terrible person. *sobs*
No, no, no. Don't cry, Nagito. Come on. *hugs Nagito* Come on, all right. We'll figure a way out of this, all right?
Thanks, Hajime. You're a saint. *walks away*
Wait. What was that?!
*drops the smile and turns around* What?
You smiled. I saw your reflection in the window.
Oh, no, that was a happy smile! See? *smiles*
*glares* I can't believe I fell for those tears. Boy, you're on your own.
*instantly frowns and blocks Hajime's path* All right, fine! Be that way! But if I go down, I'm taking you with me! *storms off*
Nagito...! *follows his boyfriend* I didn't do anything!
So do you think you could be convinced to do more Kara/Lena/Lucy headcannons? Pretty please? :)
Love you!! You never need to convince me to write for the ot3!! I always want to. the big reason I don’t is lack of inspiration so you can always ask for headcanons for a specific thing and that’d be great. For now I’m just gonna do headcanons about their dates I guess
So they have an official date night every Friday
Lena always has a new 5-star gourmet restaurant for them to try
Lucy’s kind of a shit and she always says they should go to this one restaurant she likes that puts a lot of spice and/or alcohol in all of their dishes (half because it makes Lena roll her eyes and its so cute)
And Lena is both amused and so done, like we can’t eat at the same place every week Lucy it’s good to expand horizons there’s more than one good restaurant in the world
In the end they’ll try Lena’s restaurant and then every few months go to Lucy’s, and none of them really mind
Kara is satisfied just to be with her girls and have food
But of course, Lena is the CEO of a billion dollar company, Kara is a superhero, and Lucy has a high position in a secret government agency, so their date plan falls through every other week
When that happens, they can still usually be home by 10 or 11 (usually), so they order a pizza or Chinese food or Italian (Lena’s absolute favorite) and curl up on the couch and make it their own restaurant
Its really sweet
Literally one time Alex wanted to check in after Kara stopped like 4 robberies in a row, and when she walked in, Lucy, Lena, and Kara were all asleep curled up together on the couch with the TV still on and food on the coffee table
(Alex got like ten pictures just because it was so adorable and also now she can tease Lucy about it at work)
Other than their weekly (but not really) date, they spend a lot of time together during the week
Lucy and Lena spend a lot of time at Kara’s place considering they both have apartments of their own
They’ll watch comedies together on Tuesday nights when Lena’s already having a rough week and watch the recaps of Kara’s saves on the news when Snapper’s being a dick and watch the trashy TV shows Lucy secretly loves for after particularly stressful close calls at the DEO
Or they’ll sit at the sparsely-used counter and talk for hours on any day their schedules permit
Kara is convinced that living room dance parties are good for the soul and, well, Lena and Lucy can’t argue
Basically they’ll take any chance to spend the night together, or any time together at all
2016 was not exactly a GREAT year for me, but there were a lot of good parts! This includes my eighth grade graduation, my new start in high school, making new friends here on Tumblr, and making new friends in high school!
The only bad things were the elections, all the violence, me getting robbed, how very little friends I had in eighth grade, how I almost ruined a friendship here, and many other things.
I started this Tumblr account not knowing how many friends I was gonna make. I am very lucky to be where I am right now, even if I’m not very famous or my art doesn’t get that many notes.
I just wanted to thank a few people for brightening my life here on Tumblr.
@armitie dude, you are everything. You’re one of my best friends and you’re my sister. You totally understand me and I hope we can stay this way! You are funny, understanding, creative, and you inspire many people!
@amelias-trash girl, you are amazing! You are a fantastic artist and an awesome friend! You are also like a sister to me and you are nice, funny, and VERY talented!
@aruisperfect I love you little sister! You are a fantastic artist and an amazing sister! You are kind, sweet, too innocent for this world, and creative! Keep shining girl!
@executiontale girl, you inspire me and many people! You are very kind and intelligent. You’re RPs leave me on the edge of my seat XD! I know we don’t talk much, but I’m going to change that. You are an amazing friend and I’m lucky to have you as one!
@rosepelt11 hey girl! You are extremely talented, nice, and creative. We don’t talk much either, but I’m hoping to get to know you better next year! You definitely inspire me and I hope we can become closer!
@unlikelykingdomsuit you are a true friend! You’re talented, caring, and awesome! You have always been in my main crew, and I am very lucky to have you as my friend, more like a brother! You’re cool and inspire many people, including me!
@illexplain16 I love you! You are very kind, caring, and generous. You are a great artist and you inspire me greatly! You helped me greatly when me and Ari got into that one fight and I want to thank you deeply for that! You are like a sister to me, and I want it to stay that way. We should talk more often, sorry that we don’t. Stay cool!
@toggy001 you are my sister! You are a great artist and you are very fun to be around! You are funny, nice, understanding, and talented. I love talking to you and doing this art chain with you! You are awesome and I don’t want to lose you! I care for you too much!
@elamania you are very sweet and creative! You’re are an awesome friend and very talented girl! Your birthday is also tomorrow and imma draw you something! Have a Happy Birthday and stay amazing!
@anndreemurr you are talented and very nice! I love you to bits not just for your art, but for you! I know you don’t believe in yourself that much, but I do! You are awesome, nice, and more understanding than you think! We all believe in you Anna, just keep your head up! I love you!
@broken-tale-comic heya girlie! You are very creative and an awesome person to be around! You inspire me to the max and I can’t thank you enough for being my friend! You started off as my Senpai, but then after we started talking, you are more like a sister! I am greatful to have you as my sister and as one of my best friends!
@multifrisk you are an amazing rper and friend! I know we barely talk, but we should! You are very creative, a fantastic writer, and a great person! Hopefully we’ll be able to get to know each other better!
@thekawaiichibigirl you are awesome! I love you so much and I just wanted to tell you how extremely greatful I am to have you as one of my best friends! You are a very talented girl, funny, and kind!
@yesnylnlyn you are an amazing artist and I am still greatful for that fanart you made for me! I know we never talk, and I feel bad for not talking to you after you did something nice for me! You are nice, friendly, and talented! I hope to get to know you better!
@pochik hey! I know we just met and we don’t talk that often, but I know for a fact that you are a kind, sweet, and understanding girl! You are very talented and I don’t know why you don’t have enough followers! You are awesome and I hope we can talk more!
@rt-creep heya! I know we don’t talk, but you are a sweet and funny girl! I remember you got all flustered when i called you Senpai, and you drew that drawing for me of Deter! I hope we can talk more next year and I can get to know you better! You are very talented and should be proud of your work!
@blumysteryquack you are very talented, kind, and funny! We should definitely talk more and become closer! You are an awesome person and I remember you got all crazy when I followed you XD! Anyways, keep up the amazing work and hope that we can talk more!
@pandurrpink you are an amazing girl and very talented! You are kind and sweet and creative! You inspire me greatly and I hope we can talk more!!
@kiwi-yin you are an awesome artist and a great friend! I know we don’t talk much, but hopefully we’ll be able to get to know each other better! You are talented, creative, kind, and sweet! You started off as my Senpai, but then turned into my friend! You are kind hearted and hopefully we’ll become like sisters!
@ji-ji-jiru you are awesome! You have definitely brightened my darkest days and you are my sister that I hope to meet one day! You are sweet, kind, and funny! Thanks so much for brightening my life!
@ashwolfcub hey! You are very fun to talk to and be around! I know we never really talked before, but I want to be able to talk to you more now! You are funny and a creative person! Keep up the great work!
That’s it! Hopefully I didn’t leave anybody out! I want everyone to have a Happy New Year and let’s hope 2017 is better than 2016! I love everyone here and I want it to remain this way! Hopefully I’ll make more new friends and we can all be happy here with each other! Have a Happy New Year!
I’ve gotten a lot of stereotypical Latin roles. Whether they be gangsters, or thugs or this and that. I’ve purposefully made the choice, even when it’s a cool project or a great director or a part that will give me some sort of notoriety, to stay away from those kinds of things. One, because for me, as an actor, it’s just not interesting; but two, I don’t want to kind of perpetuate that stereotype.
[to Narcissa and Lucius] Here's the thing. I get that everything is going to be different now, and uh, that's why I'm gonna eat that chicken...even though the only thing I want right now is a peanut butter sandwich.
Oh, I'm not done. If we're gonna do this whole everybody gets a vote thing, there's gonna be a new system. We'll still each get one vote, but also, the baby gets a vote. As I house the baby, I'll be speaking for him/her. And, since I'll be pushing this baby out of a very small hole in my body, I'll also get an extra special vagina vote! So, that's uh, three votes for us, two votes for you guys. Oh! We get the final say! Now, I'll be using my many votes to say that once a day, I will have one cup of regular coffee every day which is perfectly fine according to the studies that I've read. At least until I begin breastfeeding. Now, anybody wanna argue with my extra special vagina vote?
No thank you.
[spoken in unison with Lucius] No...
Great. [silence] Oh. We also vote that Draco gives me a foot rub
you used to gif more stuff in the past but now its just jikook all the time. i wished you could gif more
alright im gonna say this once and for all and i’m sorry if i sound rude. this is my blog, right? right. i take time of my day to do to this so of course i will gif what i want and what i like. i don’t have all the time in the world to gif every single thing when there are other great gifmakers out there who will do it. i do try my best to gif as much as i can when there are new stuff out like today for example. please understand that i am a person too and i have to deal with school and life in general!
Alright I love Thomas and finally seeing pictures of him but his mustache needs to go right now. It's so ugly on him and he better shave it before The Death cure
okay this made me really angry. yes of course he’s gonna shave it before tdc because he’s playing a teenager. and can you all just stop being rude to him about this mustache oh my god, this poor guy hasn’t looked his age his whole life, do you know how annoying it had to be being 17 and looking 12? he’s growing up and he looks great alright stop bringing him down for trying out new things.