It has been a pleasure to share the Mary Poppins Returns Event coverage on 4 Hats and Frugal, and this week is full of even more amazing interviews. One of my favorites during this event was our exclusive interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Jack the Lamplighter in Mary Poppins Returns.
My usual coverage of these very intimate interviews is to highlight some of the fun things the cast and crew share with us. This time, I wanted to cover Lin-Manuel’s interview a little differently.
How Lin-Manuel Miranda Changed My Life With One Quote
Lin-Manuel Miranda has impacted so many lives over the past few years with his art. As a composer, playwright, lyricist and actor, he has caused a complete upheaval within pop culture just by honoring his talents. As the co-star of Mary Poppins Returns, he continues this life purpose. Needless to say, I was very excited about the brief time we would spend with him.
What I didn’t expect from this powerhouse of a human, who was battling laryngitis at the time of our interview, is that he would change my life with one quote. One single thought that he expressed out loud would allow me to re-evaluate my own life’s purpose.
“We’re all born with boundless imagination. That’s inherent in us until life does what it does.”
Jack is the one character in Mary Poppins Returns that doesn’t forget what it’s like to be a child. Rob Marshall shared that fact with Lin-Manuel when they were filming, and it was the catalyst for Lin to create one of the most enjoyable performances you’ll ever see.
Boundless imagination. Can you remember when that was the best part of living? With this one quote, Lin-Manuel took me back to that time.
The special section of my short life on this earth where no one could tell me I couldn’t manifest whatever I wanted. The time when I envisioned myself always being open, joyful, and welcoming. That time as a child when everything was possible, even the impossible. With that quote, Mr. Miranda set my soul afire, and sent me on a trajectory towards living that way once again.
But, isn’t that what we should expect from Lin-Manuel Miranda by now? We should expect him to say that sliding down a bannister is the one thing he can naturally do (he totally told us that in the interview). We expect him to say that his spiritual harvest began at 18, when he wrote In The Heights. We can expect him to brighten our morning with one tweet. But, I have to admit, I wasn’t expecting him to change my whole mindset with one phrase. Silly me.
When you see Mary Poppins Returns, keep this phrase in mind — boundless imagination. Hold it deep in your heart as you watch scene after musical scene. Remember that Jack embodies that boundless imagination. And after you see it? Send Lin-Manuel a tweet or two. I’m sure he’ll enjoy it.