‘West Side Story’ Star Is Thankful For Spielberg’s Passion & Trust

Rachel Zegler as Maria in 20th Century Studios’ WEST SIDE STORY. Photo by Niko Tavernise. © 2021 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rachel Zegler was just one of thousands of actors who responded to an open casting call for the role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of West Side Story. But it was Zegler, a newcomer with no prior screen credits, who not only won the role, but has also won several accolades, including nominations for Golden Globe and Critics Choice awards. But Zegler doesn’t claim sole credit for those accolades. As a rookie to the filming process, she told us she felt incredibly lucky to have a director as passionate as Spielberg at the helm, especially for a story he loves so much. (Click on the media bar below to hear Rachel Zegler)

West Side Story is now playing in theaters.

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