Phillipa Soo is an American actress and singer best known for originating the role of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (Eliza) in the 2015 Broadway musical, Hamilton.
Soo is an Asian-American of both White and Chinese heritage. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (alongside fellow actress of Asian descent Lea Salonga), Soo spoke about her upbringing: "my dad is first-generation, so his parents were from China, and my mom was born and raised in southern Illinois, and she was involved in the arts. My dad's a doctor. I was very much always encouraged [to pursue an acting career], but the mentality of 'get your education' was still there."
Soo attended Libertyville High School from 2005 to 2008. Soo graduated from The Juilliard School's acting program in 2012.
After graduating from Juilliard in 2012, Soo was cast as Natasha Rostova in the Ars Nova production of Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, based on Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace; the show went on to transfer Off-Broadway to Kazino, a tent custom built for the show.
In 2013 she was cast in a small recurring role in the NBC television series Smash as the character Lexi. She appeared in five episodes in the second season before the show's cancellation.
After seeing her in Great Comet, director Thomas Kail and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda asked her to take part in an early 2014 reading of the musical Hamilton, where she read as the leading female role, "Eliza" (Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton). Soo remained with the show through its Off-Broadway and Broadway debuts, and is currently performing the role at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.
She received a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, for her performance as Eliza in Hamilton.
For Disney, she will voice a local villager in Moana.