Bloom used the announcement as an opportunity to discuss the importance of diversity on television in the context of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which stars Filipino-American actor Vincent Rodriguez III. “One of our characters happens to be Filipino so when we realized no one else had even made the effort to show a Filipino family on an American comedy, it taught me a lot about Filipino culture,” Bloom said. “It’s also taught me really about how important diversity is, if you want to tell a new story.”
“Anything else I do from now on, I would want to make it about people who are diverse — people of color, gay, trans, because those are stories that have not been told before,” she went on, “and America is a melting pot of immigrants and I don’t think it’s acknowledged half as much as it should be on television.”
Salonga previously addressed the news on her Twitter account, where she wrote, “I guess the news is out!!! I’ll be appearing on the season finale of [Crazy Ex-Girlfriend]!,” she said. “And singing, too! How fun is that?!”
Salonga won’t appear on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend until the season 1 finale, but watch the show when it returns with its midseason premiere Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.
With reporting by Marc Snetiker