Asian Female Actresses Biography
renda Song is an Asian American actress, film producer, and model. She was born on March 27, 1988 in Carmichael, California which is a suburb in Sacramento. He is best known for her role as London Tipton in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
Her father is Hmong and her mother is Thai who was adopted by a Hmong family. Her parents were born in Asia and met in Sacramento. Her father works as a schoolteacher and her mother is a homemaker. Her paternal grandparents changed their last name from Xiong to Song when the family immigrated to the United States. Song has two younger brothers, Timmy and Nathan.
Brenda Song and her mother moved to Los Angeles, California when she was six years old. The rest of the family moved as well after two years. When she was young, she took tae kwon do classes with her younger brother. She wanted to take ballet classes but ended up taking tae kwon do. She currently has a black belt.
She was homeschooled throughout her school years. She was an All-American Scholor in the ninth grade. She earned her high school diploma when she was 16 years old. Afterward, she took classes at a community college. She took online classes from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and majored in psychology with a minor in business.
Song started in show business as a child fashion model in San Francisco. She was spotted in a shopping mall by a talent agent from a modeling school. When she was five or six years old, she appeared in a Little Caesars commercial, and then a Barbie commercial.
She had her first film role in Requiem (1995), which was an American Film Institute (AFI) student short film made by actress Elizabeth Sung. The film was about a waitress and dancer named Fong who remembers her brother and their childhood in Hong Kong. Song was 7 years old and played the young version of Fong, who is portrayed as an adult by actress Tamlyn Tomita. The film won a CINE Golden Eagle award. She appeared in another short film directed by Elizabeth Sung called The White Fox.
Brenda Song began to have roles in television shows like Thunder Alley and Fudge. Her theatrical film debut was in Santa with Muscles (1996). The movie starred professional wrestler Hulk Hogan. Afterward, she appeared in other films including Leave It to Beaver (1997) and The White Fox (1999).
She began to get noticed for her acting talent. In 2000, she won the award for “Best Performance in a TV Movie Comedy, Supporting Young Actress” for her role in the Disney Channel movie The Ultimate Christmas Present at the Young Artist Awards. In 2002, she was nominated for “Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series, Guest Starring Young Actress” for her appearance on The Bernie Mac Show.
In 2005, Song got her most popular and memorable role as London Tipton on the Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She got the role without having to audition. Song's friend, actress Ashley Tisdale, was also part of the cast. The series centered around trouble-making twins Zack and Cody Martin, played by actors Dylan and Cole Sprouse. The show was a huge success and made Song a breakout star. In 2006, she earned an Asian Excellence Award nomination for “Outstanding Newcomer” for being in the series.
In 2006, she had her first starring role in the Disney Channel movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. Song initially was brought in to play a supporting role by the film's director but had the lead role after demonstrating her martial arts ability. The film was about a popular teenage Chinese American girl who is visited by a young Chinese monk. The monk claims that she is a reincarnation of a powerful female warrior and that she is the only person who can save the world from an ancient evil spirit. Half of the movie deals with Wendy's family struggle with keeping their culture and heritage. The movie was a success and received positive reviews.
Brenda Song continued to appear in other films and television shows like College Road Trip (2008) and The Suite Life on Deck. The Social Network (2010). In 2009, Song was cast in the Columbia Picture's The Social Network. The film was about the founders of Facebook, a popular social networking site. It was based on the novel The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal. The movie won the “Hollywood Ensemble Award” from the Hollywood Awards. It was also nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. See here for a list of Song's film and TV credits.