What is your name? Emily Hsu
What neighborhood of New York City do you live in? I live in Upper Saddle River, NJ.
How many children do you have, and what are their ages? 2 girls: Cassidy (9) and Taylor (6).
Has being around the theatre business been a good thing for your children? Yes, of course… they see how music and theatre and dance can transform people. They’ve seen what it is to follow your passion and do something with love and commitment. They have also seen what a community it is and how the girls in my dressing rooms are like my family. There is a warmth and bond amongst the Broadway community that doesn’t compare to anything else. Unfortunately, they’ve also gotten spoiled; whenever we see a show they expect house seats and a backstage tour!
What about your career as an actor has prepared you for parenthood? I’m not sure anything can prepare you for parenthood, but one thing I think being an actor and parent have in common is that at some point you have to relinquish control. You have to learn to let go, cliché as that sounds. No matter how much you prepare for an audition or feel you’ve done well, certain things are completely out of your control and you have to be able to walk away knowing you’ve given it your all and that is good enough. The same thing with being a parent… you try to teach your children all the right things, give them confidence and expose them to as many possibilities as you can, but in the end they are their own little individuals and have to find their own path, their own way, and you just hope that they do it knowing you love them and believe in them.
How has your self-definition expanded since you became a parent? This is a toughie, because I guess I don’t like to try and define myself in one way. Some days I’m the class mom organizing the school field trip, other days I’m a yogi or ballet student. I’m a girlfriend to my fellow moms, and, on days I audition in NYC, I’m an actress. I’m a business woman and designer. And there are days when I have no idea what I’m doing and have no milk in the house and I’m just a mess! But I think it’s ok to be many things at once. No definition necessary. Just me trying to be the best me I can be!