Actress’ Profile: Celeste Nguyen

Celeste Nguyen plays the role of  Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU
Celeste Nguyen plays the role of Logainne SchwartzandGrubenierre in this year’s play, “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”. THE AZTEC/CALLISTA LIU

Q: What’s the process that goes through your mind when preparing for your role?

A: “I’m one of the youngest characters and so I remember back to when I was nine, how I would act, like little mannerisms of nine year olds and just being loud and obnoxious and not caring about what anyone thinks.”

Q: Is there anyone who inspires you to act in these plays/musicals? If so, who are they and how do they affect encourage to take up these roles?

A: “Let’s just go with Ms. Philips, she inspires me!”

Q: What can you take away from taking on all these roles throughout your high school career? (Assuming she’s been plays during her early years in high school…)

A: “I feel like just being a part of all these musicals and plays has helped me become more confident and more comfortable with who I am. Being out on stage, you have to be a different kind of person in front of all those people. Through drama, I’ve become more comfortable in front of a crowd.”

Q: How/Why do you like working with your fellow colleagues?

A: “I really enjoyed this musical actually because usually, musicals have a large cast but this was pretty small for a musical so I kind of got to get to know everybody and I already knew a lot of them, like Albert and Abel, and Audrey and Trevor. We’ve already been in drama for so long but there were also new people that have never been in musicals that I got to know which was really nice.”

Q: What role, if any, affects you personally? How can you relate to your character?

A: “I don’t think any of them affect me, but there’s this one song in the musical that Olive sings with her parents that’s pretty touching. I also think that all the spellers are relatable in some way through the songs they sing, the things they say and how they feel about the world.”

Q: Tell me about a time where you had difficulty with your  role. Why was it challenging?

A: “I think singing was the hardest part for me. I enjoyed acting when I was a nine year-old. The acting part was the easier half for me while the singing was the harder half.”

Q: What’s the best part about being in plays and musicals like this?

A: “I get to know different people. Through the classes I take, I kind of know people with similar science backgrounds but in Drama, I meet different people that i normally wouldn’t meet. I think that’s pretty fun.”

Q: What are your thoughts in pursuing this kind of career in the future?

A: “I don’t think I’d pursue this as a career but it’s definitely a fun hobby.”

Vincent Bagabaldo
Assistant News Editor

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