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In her stances on feminism, Vanessa said: ‘Feminism to me means being able to do whatever the hell it is that you want to do and be supported…
‘We should have equal rights, we should have equal pay. It’s about supporting each other, lifting other women up so that we can achieve the things that we want to do.’
On seeing representation on-screen, Vanessa said: ‘My mom is from the Philippines, and growing up there weren’t really that many women who looked like me and my mom and my family on screen…
‘It’s so important to share all the different stories because America is a massive melting pot, [just like the] world.’
Wow! In the interview she also explained that her personal definition of feminism is ‘being able to do whatever the hell you want’
Vanessa famously played Rizzo in Fox’s production of Grease:Live! the evening after her father Greg, passed away from stage 4 cancer in 2016 – something that was widely discussed at the time, yet Vanessa insisted it would always have happened.
She recalled: ‘There was never a moment where I thought that I wouldn’t do [Grease: Live!] because my dad would want me to do it…
‘He gave so much time and energy into me achieving my dreams and for me to have a career where I can do what I love. So I felt like I needed to do it, because that’s what he would’ve wanted [me] to do.’
Way back when: Vanessa famously played Rizzo in Fox’s production of Grease:Live! the evening after her father Greg, passed away from stage 4 cancer in 2016 – something that was widely discussed at the time
On the Royals, she said: ‘I don’t really keep up with the royals, I would never want to be a royal… I enjoy living my life to the fullest…
‘The giving-back aspect of it, I think is really beautiful to be able to make such a significant change. And that’s something that I try to incorporate into my everyday life and my legacy, just working with organisations…
‘But yeah, the day-to-day of it all… I mean, I guess I already am under scrutiny being someone who is in front of the camera, but the royals have it on a whole other level. I… This just, it’s not for me.’
Read the full interview in the GLAMOUR UK December Digital Issue online now.
Out and about: In her stances on feminism, Vanessa said: ‘Feminism to me means being able to do whatever the hell it is that you want to do and be supported’
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