Is there nothing Lin-Manuel Miranda can’t do? While the Hamilton star is coming off a wildly successful 2016 and anticipating a possible EGOT in 2017, it seems there’s still one thing even he can’t avoid: embarrassing parents.
Miranda dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday morning and recalled a memory from his teenage years where his father revealed a choice bit of information.
“For a while, VH1 was airing American Bandstand a lot, and one day ‘I Will Survive’ came on, and my parents played that song to death, so I changed the channel,” he explained. “My dad comes running in from the other room and says, ‘Don’t you ever change the channel on that song! You were conceived to that song in 1979!'”
Miranda managed to, erm, survive the awkward incident, and is currently living in London, where he’s shooting Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt.
“I play the Dick Van Dyke position, it’s not the same character,” he explained of his role. “It’s a sequel, it’s not a remake, there’s new music.”
Even with the excitement of bringing new life to a classic film, the jump from the stage to the silver screen took some adjusting for Miranda.
“It’s strange: I come from musical theater where you sing a song and people clap at the end,” he said. “So we film our musical number, and we’re killing ourselves, and you hear, ‘OK, let’s go again.’ So it’s a bit of an adjustment, but I hope they clap in two years when the movie comes out.”
Miranda and DeGeneres also played the Ellen favorite Five Second Rule game, and Miranda revealed the three songs he likes to sing in the shower, which, believe it or not, did not include “I Will Survive.”
Watch the clip below.