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Rita Moreno Reveals Her Initial Reaction to the 'West Side Story' Script

Rita Moreno Reveals Her Initial Reaction to the 'West Side Story' Script

Rita Moreno is opening up about West Side Story.

The 90-year-old star got candid in an interview for Town & Country Magazine.

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Here’s what she had to say…

On how she is back in the spotlight at an age when most actors would just bask in all the adulation: “I still don’t have what I want. People aren’t exactly knocking my door down, you know. This West Side Story connection is wonderful, but that’s just one job. That’s not ongoing work. That’s not somebody saying, ‘There’s this part in the script that I think would be just wonderful for you. Would you consider it?’ It’s not happening.”

On her initial emotional reaction to the song ‘Somewhere’: “When I read the script for the first time and I saw the song and I read the lyrics, I started to cry. I burst into tears.”

On the question of what she learned from playing Valentina in West Side Story: “I don’t think she taught me anything that I don’t know. She didn’t teach me anything I don’t know, because I know a lot. If anything, Valentina would take lessons from me, because I am more sophisticated, and I’ve been around more than she, and I could dance circles around her.”

She also revealed something shocking about trying to end her life.

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