If Paras looks familiar, it’s because she is currently in the recurring role of Jayma Chan, sister of Josh Chan on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the CW Network. The show made history this season when it depicted the Chan family, American television’s first Filipino American family.
Thankfully, Jayma and Josh don’t speak with Filipino accents.
Paras said she has auditioned for numerous roles that called for accents. In an interview with Glamour, Paras said: “I’m sure I’ve lost a lot of auditions (where producers are seeking an Asian actress) because I haven’t changed my Filipino last name to something that sounds more East Asian, which some FilipinoAmerican actors have done. And I don’t look East Asian—Filipinos don’t have the same eye shape or facial features. So, ‘What’s your ethnicity?’ is a common question. And I’ve had casting people ask me if I’m ‘full Asian.'”
Let’s hope that the musical romantic comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which got renewed for a second season, will expand Jayma’s character and let Paras display her singing and dancing talent.
(Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.)
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