Robin on His Parents Not Being Wowed by His Tony Nods
Noting that his parents were born and raised in Puerto Rico, Robin said they had no idea what the Tony Awards were.
“They didn’t know an award show existed for [theater],” Robin explained.
When Robin called his mom to tell her about his nomination, she calmly responded, “That’s cute, baby.”
“I’m like, ‘Ma, that’s the Oscars of Broadway,’ and she’s like, ‘That’s cute,’” Robin recalled.
However, Robin’s mom understood the hype after the media went crazy for Robin’s “In the Heights” co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda, also of Puerto Rican descent, received two Tony nominations for his work in the production.
Once this happened, Robin’s mom was ready to attend the Tonys!
“At 4 p.m., mom called, ‘I got two dresses, hair extensions, I will see you on June 5,’” Robin said.
Robin on His Mom Fangirling at the Tonys
At the Tonys, Robin said his mom couldn’t contain her excitement when she saw actress Catherine O’Hara, famous for her roles in “Schitt’s Creek” and “Home Alone.”
“Robin, I have to say hi to her. I have to ask her, ‘Where’s Kevin?’” Robin recalled his mom saying. In “Home Alone,” Catherine’s son Kevin was left behind while the family traveled to Paris.
Though Robin told his mom not to, she ended up speaking with Catherine while Robin was giving an interview.
“And Catherine was so sweet,” Robin said about the moment. “[Catherine] said, ‘Oh, thank you.’”
However, when Robin went to do another interview, she saw Mexican singer and actress Thalía.
When Jennifer showed pictures of Thalía at the Tonys, Robin’s mom was hilariously in the background.