Fil-Canadian actress stars in K-pop inspired TV series


Posted at Apr 07 2015 12:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2015 08:27 PM

Louriza Tronco (center) stars in Nickelodeon's Make it Pop.

MANILA, Philippines - A Filipino-Canadian teen is starring in a new Nickelodeon series.

Louriza Tronco, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, plays Jodi in "Make It Pop," which debuted on Nickelodeon on Monday.

Tronco's character forms a K-pop-inspired band with her roommates Sun Hi (played by Megan Lee) and Corki (Erika Tham) at a boarding school Mackendrick Preparatory High School.

The TV show, created by "The Secret World of Alex Mack" creator Thomas W. Lynch and singer Nick Cannon, focuses on the three girls who form the group XO-IQ, while dealing with school, music and crushes.

In a 2014 interview with The Huffington Post, Tronco said her parents are both Filipino, and she was named after her two Lolas.

"Both my parents are Filipino -- they moved from the Philippines to Winnipeg, Manitoba in their mid-twenties and that's where I grew up. My parents named me using my Lolas' (Grandmas in Filipino). My mom's mom is Lourdes and my dad's mom is Rizalina. They took half from each name and got Louriza! Both of my Lolas are super hard working, so I'm definitely proud to be named after them," she said.

Tronco started acting when she was 8, performing in the Rainbow Stage’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

After high school, she took up acting at the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria, British Columbia.

Tronco has also appeared in the Hollywood film "Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb" and the Disney Channel original movie "Zapped".