Fil-Am actress Tess Paras creates musical parody hits

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Jul 19 2014 05:20 PM | Updated as of Jul 20 2014 01:20 AM

HOLLYWOOD - Fil-Am Hollywood actress Tess Paras is having a very productive year. Three years after moving to Hollywood, Paras said she is starting to see the fruits of her hard work.

Paras grew up in a family that loves performing.

"I was living in New York at that time, working in public relations and advertising, and I would sneak out on my lunch breaks and go to dance auditions or singing auditions and I eventually started to book them and I was like 'Ok, I could do this professionally'," she said.

After a prominent guest star role on Grimm as the aswang victim, the ex-girlfriend of Reggie Lee's character, Paras created a video that not only brought hits, but also started a conversation on racial stereotyping in Hollywood.

Using her gifts in comedy writing, Paras' video connected with many in the industry. Her experience of going on hundreds of auditions and not getting the part because of her ethnicity prompted her to create "Typecast", a parody video of Lorde's massive hit Royals.

Typecast satirizes the difficulties faced by actresses of color in booking major roles.

"People do look different. My friends look different, you know. Just in my day-to-day life, I wish television would look more like the people you and I know walking out in streets," she said.

She added, "I was overwhelmed at how much attention....I did not anticipate that kind of reaction. At first I was very nervous to put that out there".

The musical parody was featured in many mainstream news outlets like Slate and BuzzFeed.

Paras' YouTube channel is called TessTubeBaby.

The youngest child of Filipino doctors, Paras said she is able to take chances in her career because of her family's unconditional support.

Becoming successful as other female comedic talents in Hollywood is one of her biggest dreams. If and when Saturday Night Live opens doors to Asian female talents, Paras said she's like to be considered.

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