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Going Global: Filipino Stars in Hollywood

Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Despite the obstacles in the entertainment industry in 2021, Pinoy talents such as Inigo Pascual, Bea Alonzo, Lovi Poe, and others demonstrate that Filipino talent is deserving of Hollywood.

Filipinos have consistently proven that our talents should not be overlooked in the global arena. We can always find something to be proud of, whether it's making Olympic history, making a reputation for ourselves in music, or winning Tony Awards. Our local celebrities aren't far behind, either, with numerous well-known actors already taking their talents abroad.

Before everyone starts cheering for Filipino pride, let's be clear: we're not here to ride on the success of other Filipinos but to acknowledge their desire to keep the momentum of Asian representation going.

We have on the list:

Inigo Pascual

Inigo Pascual, a Filipino actor, musician, and songwriter, has been cast in Fox's upcoming musical drama Monarch. He will co-star with Susan Sarandon, Albie Roman, Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, and Beth Ditto in the film.

Through international promotion, concerts, and collaborations, Inigo Pascual's charm and unquestionable talent have helped him push the OPM sound to the global stage. However, the young star is about to make his most significant effect on the international stage as he prepares to make his Hollywood debut.

Bea Alonzo

Bea Alonzo is one of the country's most recognizable personalities, commanding the box office and our television screens. Following her triumph in the local entertainment industry, Bea sets her sights on Hollywood, appearing in her first Hollywood film. Bea Alonzo is slated to star in "Angel Warrior," a Filipino-Hollywood production directed by Inspire Studios and starring Sen. Manny Pacquiao.

Variety reports that Bea Alonzo will portray the "she-devil" lead in a World War II-themed drama scripted by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Tala, a "pre-war Filipina whose near-death experience changes her into an underground.

Lovi Poe

Lovi Poe has had a hectic year in 2021, as she has recently joined ABS-CBN as one of their newest artists. She also announced that she would co-star with Piolo Pascual in the Filipino version of the Korean drama Flower of Evil. To top it all off, Lovi Poe has landed her first role in a Hollywood film.

Lovi Poe has been cast in the biopic The Chelsea Cowboy, based on the life of John Bindon. Lovi will portray Dana Gillespie, a singer who hired Bindon as her bodyguard. Bindon's relationship with Gillespie provided him with an entrée to high society, meeting Princess Margaret.

Chai Fonacier

CEBUANO pride is on display in the first Ireland-Philippines co-production, as actress-musician Chai Fonacier stars opposite Hollywood actresses Eva Green and Mark Strong in Lorcan Finnegan's upcoming film "Nocebo."

The psychological thriller, set in Manila and Ireland, will look at consumerism, human exploitation, and the often contentious fast fashion sector. The term "nocebo," which means "to damage" in Latin, denotes that negative thought has negative consequences, the inverse of the placebo effect.

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga, a Tony Award-winning singer and actress, has revealed that she would appear in the 'Pretty Little Liars' revival, an American teen mystery drama due to launch on HBO Max. Among the key characters to be performed by Malia Pyles is Elodie, who is characterized as Minnie's overbearing mother.

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz, a rising artist, opens up to G3 SAN DIEGO as he takes control of his narrative and stars in the most significant break of his career. Alex shared some exciting news on Instagram, revealing that he has been cast as Glitter in his first international film, "Glitter and Doom." Alex appears to be in for a busy few months as he settles into his new career.

The film industry has a long way to go before it can be deemed fair and diversified. Asian—and Filipino—representation is still in the works. Nonetheless, there are standout talents of Filipino descent who prove that Filipinos can be just as brilliant as any other performer.

Credits to NYLON Manila for the cover photo.

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