The true crime series from Peacock, A Friend of the Family just shared that Fil-Am and Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) actor Ella Jay Basco joins the cast as a recurring role. No details have yet been shared, but the series is based on the true story of the Broberg family. It follows the daughter, Jan (Hendrix Yancey) who was kidnapped multiple times over a period of years by Robert “B” Berchtold (Jake Lacy), a charismatic, obsessed family “friend.”
According to Variety, "The Brobergs are devoted to their faith, family and community." Their lives were forever changed when their charismatic neighbor drove their family apart with manipulated tactics, turning their own daughter against them. The limited series will portray how the family survived these events.
Ella Jay Basco has also appeared in episodes of “Veep,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Teachers,” “Superior Donuts” and “Happyland.” Also a musician, one of her most recent tracks, “Bubble Tea” came from the EP “Middle School.”
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The new Peacock series, One Of Us Is Lying is now streaming and follows the story of five high school students who walk into detention, but only four of them make it out alive. The series will follow the investigation of those four students to find out what really happened in detention and how Simon died. The series comes after the New York Times bestseller book of the same name. Fil-Canadian actress, singer, dancer Zenia Marshall landed a recurring role as Keely in the series.
The series originally filmed in Auckland, New Zealand for five months until a strict COVID-19 restriction had the production moved to Toronto, Canada. Her character Keely is presented as half-Filipina in the series and dates Cooper, the popular baseball jock. Like many high school storylines, there's tons of secrets and drama. However, Zenia shared that her character was also written in to be half-Filipino, half-white in the book.
"...this is like the first time I've actually seen that intended and written down with intention of that. I've been auditioning for about seven years. I had never, in my life had seen a Filipino role come in. Usually if there are certain roles that they'll put in, that'll be like Asian character, but then it will be really broad and there won't be any specificity to it. So, it was definitely my first time seeing that." Zenia is excited to represent her roots not only through her character, but she also hopes to see more diverse opportunities in the industry.
Zenia Marshall was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and comes from an artistic family of performers. Her mother, Luisa Marshall is an award-winning and internationally-acclaimed Tina Turner Tribute artist, and dad, Steve Marshall, is a musician-businessman. Zenia is an actress, singer, dancer, and musician who is also a tribute artist - Ariana Grande Tribute Artist. She's toured worldwide with her mom and honed in on her performing skills.
Zenia also took her skills to the theater stage until she got the acting bug. Zenia made her film debut alongside 80's Pop Star Princess, Debbie Gibson in the movies "Summer of Dreams" & sequel "Wedding of Dreams". Most known for her leading recurring role in TV series "Date My Dad" as "Mirabel Cooper" starring with "7th Heaven's" Barry Watson and the legendary Raquel Welch, she has also made an appearance in the CW TV series "SuperGirl", guest starred on SYFY's "Van Helsing", and has recurred as a guest star on "Supernatural" to name a few. Look out for her in the upcoming "NBC" & "Universal Pictures" streaming platform, "Peacock", on the new TV Series "One Of Us Is Lying".
Cover Photo Credit: Zenia Marshall Facebook