Actresses of Filipino Heritage

February 2010

Here are a few actresses active in Hollywood, Broadway and/or the international entertainment industry who are part-Filipino or of Filipino heritage.  (In light of the history of the Philippines, many Filipinos also claim Chinese, Hispanic and/or Spanish ancestry.)

Vanessa Anne Hudgens is a biracial actress whose mother was born in the Philippines.

Hollywood bombshell Tia Carrere is a Filipina-American who was born in Hawaii.

A fresh face in Hollywood, actress Shannyn Sossamon was born in Hawaii to an Anglo-German father and a Filipina-Hawaiian mother.

Anna Maria Perez de Taglé played Ashley Dewitt on Hannah Montana and Ella on Camp Rock. She is her the granddaughter of the famous Filipina singer Sylvia La Torre.

Tony-winner Lea Salonga is a Filipina singer and actress who honed her skills in Manila before starring in London and Broadway musicals and providing her voice to Disney animated features.

Both of Hollywood actress Nia Peebles‘s maternal grandparents are Filipino immigrants. Her mother Elizabeth was born in the United States and never really learned to speak Tagalog. Nia’s father is of mainly European stock.

Joy Bisco  was born in the United States to Filipino parents. She has been in soap operas like Port Charles and has played ‘Melanie Foster’ on Desperate Housewives.