Lou Diamond Phillips credits talent to Filipino blood

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at May 10 2013 12:40 PM | Updated as of May 13 2013 07:13 PM

HOLLYWOOD – Versatile actor Lou Diamond Phillips attributes his success in the entertainment industry to his Filipino roots.

“We have some of the finest singers in the world that come from the Philippines. It’s a cultural touchstone to want to perform. It’s just led me to acting and I'm very, very proud that I've had many, many years of success,” he said.

The Filipino-American actor is earning raves for his portrayal of a hard-working father in the indie film “Filly Brown”.

The 51-year-old actor burst into Hollywood in the 80s with his standout performances in "La Bamba" and "Stand and Deliver."

With a career that has spanned nearly 30 years, the actor has been seen in hundreds of roles.

He also enjoys his work behind the camera. “I'm directing a film this year called "Tao Surfing" where I'm actually playing a Filipino role,” he said.

He will also be back on the critically-acclaimed television series "Longmire" which premieres its new season this month.

Lou grew up in Texas but having been born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother, the actor never forgotten his Filipino roots

“I have very, very fond memories of climbing mango trees and pulling fish nets when I was in Candelaria,” he said.