The following is an excerpt from an article written by Kaitlyn Bancroft and Riley Waldman for BYU’s newspaper, the Universe. To read the full article, click here.
Keala Settle has earned high praise for her role as the bearded lady in the 2018 film “The Greatest Showman.”
Keala’s father, David Settle, said he couldn’t be happier or more proud of the success his daughter has achieved.
David, BYU’s associate dean of International Student Services, recalls one standout moment when he knew his daughter’s vocal talent was more than just a hobby.
“That first Broadway production — when I saw her on that stage — seeing her perform and act and sing, I was convinced she was going to amount to something big,” David said.
But Keala did not find her success all at once. She grew up in a highly musical family and grew comfortable on the stage from a young age.
“My wife was a singer and she made us all sing, so we were all on the stage performing many, many times,” David said.
David said while he doesn’t have “a musical bone in his body,” Keala had a natural talent for singing, much like her mother.
To read the full article on BYU’s Universe, click here.
Watch Keala’s amazing performance during the workshop to get the movie greenlit in the video below: