Daphne Rubin-Vega

Best known as the original "Mimi" in Jonathan Larson's "Rent", Daphne has had an incredible career between theatre, music, film, and motherhood. "Rent" brought Daphne, not only an allegiance of fans, but a Theatre World Award and a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for Best Actress. 2001 brought Daphne back to Broadway in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" as "Magenta" while in 2004 Nilo Cruz' "Anna in the Tropics" brought Daphne her second Tony Award nomination. Off-Broadway, Daphne has starred in Karen Hartman's "Gum", Nilo Cruz' "Two Sisters and a Piano", Douglas Carter Beane's "Free to be You and Me", Bob Glaudini's "Jack Goes Boating" (of which she will reprise her role in the upcoming film due out in 2011), and Susan Lori Parks' "Fucking A" at the Public Theatre (bringing Daphne a Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Featured Actress).

Musically Daphne has recorded and created ground-breaking music starting in the early '90s with the girl group "Pajama Party" in which they recorded 2 albums "Up All Night" & "Can't Live Without It", yielding the hits "Yo No Se", "Over and Over", & "Can't Live Without It". 1997 marked Daphne's debut solo album "Souveniers", while 2006 brought her second album "Redemption Songs". She has played gigs at many of New York's legendary venues such as Joe's Pub, The Cutting Room, The Zipper Factory, and Makor.

Daphne has also starred in such films as "Wild Things" (for which she won a Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress/Suspense), "Flawless", and "Sex and the City".

Her biggest production has been the birth of her son, who inspired many of the songs on "Redemption Songs".

You can catch Daphne on September 18 at 9:30pm at Joe's Pub performing in the Lance Horne & the Smart Set and for everything Daphne visit: http://www.daphnerubin-vega.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? Josephine Baker, Marilyn, Madonna, Bowie, Chaka, Jagger Gene Hackman BjorkNeneh Cherry everyone I liked growing up (and I'm still growing) inspires me.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? I think its Adam Rothenberg.

3. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that no one knows about? No...everyone knows everything about me.

4. Favorite way to stay in shape? Gardening in a very fancy bikini and not getting it dirty.

5. Favorite kind of shoes? That's fashion and you Know...fashion changes. I like sexy and comfy shoes.

6. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starfux.

7. Animal Crackers or Oreos? Stoned wheat thins.

8. Superman or Wonder Woman? Hate em both. I like Cato from the Green Hornet.

9. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? My mom.

10. Favorite website? I stay away from the computer..don't know too much about web sites...sorry maybe buttons and beads.com.

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