We had the good fortune of connecting with Leslie Rubino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leslie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued a career as an actor because of the spark I had ever since I was a child. I saw the one and only Cathy Rigby play Peter Pan in “Peter Pan” when I was 6 years old. I looked to my mom and dad and told them “I want to do that.” 19 years later, and I am proud to say that I am doing it. Being on stage has always made me feel at home and it gave me a purpose. I knew I wanted to bring life and love into people’s lives, and being able to do that for the two and half hours you spend on stage in a show is extremely rewarding. I also hope to be an inspiration for children everywhere who need the extra love and encouragement to know they can be whoever and whatever they want to be, as long as they work hard and believe in themselves. It took me almost my entire adult life to believe in myself and to really know who I am. I am a musical theatre nerd who still wants to make it on Broadway. I want to be able to show the underdogs that you can make it. You just have to believe in yourself.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been acting since I was a child. I always wanted to be the same role that every other little girl wanted to be. This carried on to my adult life. Let me tell you, it was not an easy journey. I was very fortunate to tour the country and even perform on a cruise ship, but I had a hard time finding my place and myself in the theatre world. I would always try and be like someone else. I knew I was different, but I didn’t know how I could carry that difference as a strength, not a weakness. I finally was able to find where I fit within the theatre world. I have done incredible roles such as Lizzie Borden in LIZZIE The Rock Musical, and I was The Goddess in the new musical, Glass Ceilings, which played at the Rockwell last year. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to close the show early. But I am happy to say I have found my place and I have found myself. Coming out as Queer this year has been a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. It opened my eyes to who I am and what I can do. I had to learn that playing the ingenue or playing a Disney Princess wasn’t the end all be all. I know there is an array of roles just waiting for me, and I am grateful to be the musical theatre girl who does classic rock, has a purple bob with shaved sides underneath, and represents as Queer. It’s the first time in a very long time I feel like myself.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we weren’t dealing with a Pandemic, I would take them to West Hollywood and Venice. Any bar that you go to in West Hollywood is going to be amazing and full of fun, no matter what. Venice is going to be that hippy beach town that never changes and it’s incredible! The shops, the restaurants, and the locals around that area are absolutely incredible. I would also love to take them up to Runyon Canyon for a hike. The view is absolutely stunning and it gives you an idea of how large Los Angeles really is. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this ShoutOut to my beautiful and supportive spouse, Chris. When we met, I knew we were going to be something special. They continue to believe in me and support me in all of my new adventures. I am so grateful to have the love of my life be my best friends and support system. I also want to dedicate this ShoutOut to my friends and family in the LGBTQ+ community. On Inauguration Day, I came out to the world as a proud Queer woman. The LGBTQ+ community has been so supportive and loving towards my arrival and it has filled my heart with all of the love in the world.