Broadway star Lea Salonga is a big fan of BTS.
In her Inquirer column "Backstory," Lea admitted, "I’ve fallen into a BTS rabbit hole, and no, I don’t need saving."
Lea shared that BTS initially caught her attention when her friends posted clips of the K-Pop group on social media and when she saw their televised performances.
"Blame it on a couple of fellow 'tita' friends on Facebook who posted BTS videos as their happy pill during this pandemic. Blame it on previously televised performances, including 2018’s 'New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,' which I caught and tweeted about," she relayed.
[#오늘의방탄] 빌보드 HOT100 차트 1위를 할 수 있었던 건 모두 #ARMY 덕분입니다! 앞으로도 #방탄소년단 과 함께 달려주실거죠?!🤙🏻 #BTS_Dynamite #왜요우리가빌보드핫100에서1위한가수처럼보이나요 #맞아요 #1등가수 #인터내셔널팝케이센세이션썬샤인레인보우트레디셔널트랜스퍼USB허브쉬림프BTS pic.twitter.com/gmTtSPwnJJ— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) September 2, 2020
The singer, who was the singing voice behind Disney's iconic characters Princess Jasmine and Mulan, added that she is a big fan of the group's latest single "Dynamite."
"And finally, blame it on a record-breaking brand spanking new single called 'Dynamite,' which has already clocked more than 260,000,000 views on YouTube since its release on Aug. 21, with its B-side (an alternate edit of the video) garnering almost 46,000,000," she wrote on her column.
"Dynamite" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the group is the first all-South Korean act to top the chart.
In an interview with TheaterMania, Lea remarked that as an Asian artist, she is very happy for what BTS has achieved in their career.
"They are good, they are really good, and they are truly talented. And [for] somebody who is Asian, if you have any idea on how happy I am that they have Billboard's number 1 spot in the Hot 100 spot. It's like oh my gosh, these are Asian men, beautiful Asian men who have just done something that so many artists are hoping to achieve in their careers and they've done it and I know they worked really hard, probably harder than so many other people do... It is fantastic that this is happening to them," she stated.