The Long Beach native, Anthony Keyvan stole hearts onscreen as Q on Netflix’s newest hit XO, Kitty. If you haven’t caught the series yet, it’s your time to binge. Q is a star athlete and Kitty’s newest friend played by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before alumni Anna Cathcart. He’s the person she turns to when moving half way across the world gets tough.
Anthony has a Filipino mother and Iranian father where he remembers growing up always around music and food. According to Preview PH, he “raved about his multicultural family, calling the food and music “magical,” and cited karaoke as his family’s go-to pastime.” He’s also not shy saying that he has the pipes to nail it on karaoke, but he also has the acting bug. Anthony began acting at 8 years old with booking a Disneyland commercial and a guest role on Lost.
His breakout role in Love, Simon as Rahim, a Muslim student who struggles with coming out to his religious family. His character Q is also part of the LGBTQ+ community and we see him grow his relationship with another student, Florian. Anthony also worked with the writers of the series to develop his character and add bits of his personality. Personally, Anthony also is an advocate for mental health and the environment. “I just feel that, as someone with a platform that can reach a lot of people, it’s important to use that influence for good and raise awareness for topics that need attention.”
Catch Anthony now on XO, Kitty only on Netflix.
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Are you still on vacation mode and looking for something to watch? There’s a few films and series to with that have you covered if you’re looking to see a few Fil-Am actors in the craft. Actors like Dave Bautista, Paris Berlec, and Evan Mock all had recent work released on Netflix and HBO Max.
Look no further because you can add these to your Watch List: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Do Revenge, and Gossip Girl Season 2. Check out the trailers below!
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Bailey Munoz aka Bailrok is having an eventful holiday season! The SYTYCD winner is taking his moves to Disney+ on the new holiday special, The Hip Hop Nutcracker. He along with a handful of other talented artists and dancers like D-Trix took the stage and put a modern twist to the favorite classic. Make sure to tune in and get your holiday spirit going!
RUN DMC’s Rev Run brings us along for a hip-hop reimagining of The Nutcracker ballet set in New York City. It’s the night of the annual New Year’s Eve Block Party and Maria-Clara’s (Caché Melvin) Mom and Pop (Allison Holker Boss and Stephen “tWitch” Boss) aren’t getting along — and it’s bringing her down. Maria-Clara embarks on a holiday adventure to bring her parents back together, finding help along the way from the magical toymaker, Drosselmeyer (Comfort Fedoke), and the Nutcracker (Du-Shant “Fik-shun” Stegall) who she brings to life. Maria-Clara’s journey takes her from the streets of New York to fantasy worlds where she battles with Mice and Toy Soldiers (Viktor White, BDash, Kevin “Konkrete” Davis), and back in time to the Land of Sweets in order to find the key to unlock her holiday wish. Will it be enough to rekindle her parents’ lost love before the clock strikes midnight? Featuring best-in-class dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Tiler Peck, KidaTheGreat AKA Kida Burns, the Jabbawockeez as magical snowflakes, and more. The Disney+ Original special “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is inspired by the live stage phenomenon, created by Jennifer Weber, touring America this holiday season.
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Want to learn more about the richness of the Filipino culture? MYX’s newest Made For Youtube series, Monster Makeup follows three mythical creatures popularized in Philippine folklore and urban legends. Be prepared to look good getting scared as the series banks on engaging storytelling through make-up.
Mysterious and horrific encounters are told by digital content creator, John Fedellaga as he transforms into the featured mythical creature. It’s a creative spin on telling stories about Philippine mythical creatures through beauty and art. Dive deep into the stories you’ve heard as John takes it to the next level.
Catch the episodes below!
With a new season of All American, there will also be new characters. In Season 5, viewers meet Gia played by Ashley Argota Torres, an assistant to Keating records who is underestimated by her current job. Layla recognizes her potential during a quick chat about how she finds working at the record label. Ashley Argota Torres may be a guest role in this season as she landed the position as Head of PR under ForMonica Records with Layla.
Gia is an ambitious individual with fresh ideas on how to market artists during this digital generation. She meets Olivia and Patience to talk strategy on how to approach Patience’s new album and revamp her image to match the mature new sound. Olivia and Gia get off on the wrong foot because of differences in views, but it’s not personal. Patience likes the new direction that her brand can go and agrees with Layla to make her part of the team.
Be sure to watch this season and catch more of Ashley Argota Torres as Gia only on All American.
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The Philippine mythological creature, Kapre is making an international debut on Hulu’s horror anthology, Bite Size Halloween. The tree-dwelling giant is featured in the short film, “The Kapre,” which is one of the 20 episodes in the spooky series’ third season.
Directed by Carlo Ledesma, “The Kapre” stars Tippy Dos Santos and Nico Locco as “two unsuspecting Americans [who] awaken a large and legendary creature while camping in an enchanted Philippine forest.”
“And thanks to an amazing dream team cast and crew, we were able to bring our hundred foot giant to life. So world, meet The Kapre. The Philippine version of Bigfoot. He’s nice once ya get to know him,” he wrote. We look forward to seeing more Philippine mythology and representation on-screen.
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Last season on the Netflix series, Bling Empire viewers saw Dorothy Wang make the move to New York City in search for love. Bling Empire: New York follows another group of wealthy, socialite, and hilarious Asian-American from the Big Apple where real estates is based on address.
The empire expands and is ready for your viewing. This season, there’s more parties, fun, and new faces. One of the episodes you’ll want to catch is Episode 9 where a Filipino-inspired party is attended by Kane Lim and friends. A familiar face you might recognize is Filipina artist, vlogger, and influencer Heart Evangelista.
Her cameo on the show was first confirmed by Lim himself, “Philippines, you asked for it, you got it! Guess who will be [in] ’Bling Empire’ [season 3]. Tune in tonight!” he earlier said.”
The series is produced by Jeff Jenkins Productions with Jenkins, Russell Jay-Staglik, Elise Chung, Lenid Rolov, Ross Weintraub, and Reinout Oerlemans exec producing.
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If you caught the latest episode of Monarch, then you saw the duet between Ace and Ana played by Inigo Pascual and Emma Milani. They sang an acoustic version of Harry Style’s hit, “Watermelon Sugar.” The full video isn’t out yet, but the Monarch social channels have released a snippet that will leave fans wanting more.
Catch Inigo on the guitar and vocals while we see how well their voices mesh together. We can’t wait to see how their characters’ relationship grows throughout the season and hope this is the first of many duets.
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Promoting the premiere of his new Syfy series, Reginald the Vampire, Jacob Batalon joins the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to talk about the show, living in New York, and rooming with Tom Holland.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming actor reminisces on his early acting days at drama school and walking the streets of New York with friends. Jacob shared he used to walk around Manhattan hoping one day to be on a show like The Tonight Show and now here’s here. Jimmy Fallon calls him family and says only good things coming the young actor’s way.
While sharing a snippet of his new series, Jimmy asked how his journey has been so far and how he’s dealing with being in box-office breaking films. Jacob shared how the Spider-Man cast like Tom Holland and Zendaya are now family as they started the journey together so young. He was even roommates with the web-slinger himself for the first film. We’re so excited to see the series and what else is in store for Jacob!
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Huge congratulations are in order to Fil-Am actor Eugene Coredero as he was upped to a series regular for the Disney+ series, Loki. The timey-wimey series starring Tom Hiddleston, Cordero plays the Time Variance Authority employee “Casey” and is set to reprise his role in Season 2.
The Easter Sunday actor brought some comic relief to the series with his confusion of what a fish is and how he uses the powerful infinity stones as office paperweights. A twist at the end of the season is how another variant of himself is shown as “Hunter K-5E” and not his original TVA character.
Eguene Cordero also stars in Broken Lizard’s TruTV series Tacoma FD with credits also as “Stokez’ in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian, NBC’s The Good Place, the Focus Features’ dramedy The High Note, and more! Can’t wait to see what twists come in Season 2.
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Singer and songwriter, Jayda can now add actor to her resume as she will be one of the stars of the upcoming Black Sheep series, Teen Clash. The Wattpad title will also star young stars, Markus Paterson and Aljon Mendoza. The trilogy book series is finally being adapted on-screen at iWantTFC following after the success of another Wattpad novel, He’s Into Her.
Based on the book by Ilyn Anne Danganan, the school-set “Teen Clash” will feature Paterson as Jude, Avanzado as Zoe, and Mendoza as Ice. All three actors are excited to bring the characters to life.
“I remember having major writer’s block while working on my second album when I first got wind of ‘Teen Clash’ then while shooting something different for RISE. We had the chance to read some of the script and it got me so excited to begin the project,” Paterson shared after Monday’s announcement.
While Mendoza had been familiar with the source material before he was given the project as he may have borrowed his sister’s copy of the books. He tweeted, “…Who would’ve thought? Grateful and so excited for this.”
Jayda is excited for fans to meet Zoe, “…I am pretty nervous but all the more excited for this new adventure that I’m embarking on with Direk Gino Santos, Aljon and Markus to bring life to this story!” There’s not many details yet released regarding its premiere, but stay tuned with us for more info coming soon!
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Let the blood, sweat, tears, and fabulousness overflow! Drag Race Philippines is the latest international offshoot spin-off of the original, RuPaul’s Drag Race that is now available to stream Stateside on WOW Presents Plus. To kick off this premiere, the streaming network debuted two episodes for fans to enjoy.
The ten-part series is hosted by the multi-awarded Filipino actor, model, and drag artist, Paolo Ballesteros who took the internet by storm by his make up skills and transformation to some of the biggest stars. His co-star is none other than Drag Race alum, Jiggly Caliente who’ll be a judge alongside Filipina writer, TV personality, and activist KaladKaren.
Check out the official sneak peek below!
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