Brenda Song

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Brenda Song
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Brenda Song in 2009
Background information
Birth nameBrenda Song
Born (1988-03-27) March 27, 1988 (age 31)
OriginUnited States Flag of California.svgCarmichael, California, U.S.
GenresPop
OccupationsActress
Singer
Model
Spokesperson
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1999-present(actress)
2005–present (singer)
LabelsWalt Disney (2005–)
Hollywood (2006–)
Associated actsWalt Disney Records
Zack and Cody
WebsiteBrendaSongSite.com

Brenda Song (born March 27, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is also a former child model. Song was first famous for her appearances on the Disney Channel. She was a regular part on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Her character was noted as one of the Disney Channel's longest continuous characters.[1] In 2010, she moved into mainstream movies and TV. These included Changeland,[2] Angry Angel,[3] and Station 19.[4]

Biography[change | change source]

Early years[change | change source]

Brenda Song was born in Carmichael, California to a Hmong American father and a Thai American mother.[5] Song has two younger brothers, Timmy and Nathan.[6][7] Brenda Song holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade.

Career[change | change source]

Brenda Song began acting and modeling at age 6. She also played a very minor role in a skit on MADtv.

One of Song's more notable acting roles is her portrayal of London Tipton in the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (along with Ashley Tisdale and twins Cole and Dylan Sprouse). She later continued this role in the spin-off The Suite Life on Deck. She also played a recurring role as Tia in the Disney Channel Original Series Phil of the Future. Song had minor guest appearances on both That's So Raven and American Dragon: Jake Long.

Song had her first starring role in 2006 in the movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.[8]

In 2010, Song was part of the main cast of The Social Network.[9] This marked her entry into mainstream movies and TV.

In 2012, Song starred in the short film First Kiss along with her Social Network costar Joseph Mazzello.[10][11]

In 2017, Song was cast in Freeform's movie, Angry Angel.[12]

In January 2019, Song was cast in a starring role in the Hulu television series Dollface alongside Kat Dennings.[13]

Personal[change | change source]

She belongs to the Hmong tribe with their sacred and historical beliefs. She has received a black belt in one martial arts and had used her skills in the Disney Channel movie, Wendy Wu:Homecoming Warrior.

Filmography[change | change source]

Song at The Cheetah Girls: One World premiere on August 12, 2008

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role[14] Notes
1995 Requiem Young Fong
1996 Santa with Muscles Susan
1997 Leave It to Beaver Susan Acustis
1999 The White Fox Sandy Short film
2002 Like Mike Reg Stevens
2004 Costume Party Capers: The Incredibles Alex Voice
2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Wendy Wu Also co-producer
2006 Holidaze: The Christmas That Almost Didn't Happen Treat Voice
2008 College Road Trip Nancy
2009 Boogie Town Natalie
2010 The Social Network Christy Lee
2010 Little Sister Storyteller
2011 The Little Engine That Could Shiny Passenger Train
2011 Pixie Hollow Games[15] Chloe Voice
2012 First Kiss Samantha Short film
2017 Angry Angel Allison Pyke
2019 Secret Obsession Jennifer Williams
2019 Changeland Pen

Television[change | change source]

Year Title Role[14] Notes
1994–95 Thunder Alley Kathy 2 episodes
1995 Fudge Jennie Main role (Season 1)
1999 Once and Again Chrissy Episode: "There Be Dragons"
1999 MADtv Trick-or-Treater Episode: "Halloween Special Edition"
1999 Popular Mandy Shepherd Episode: "Fall on Your Knees"
2000–02 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Sariffa Chung Main role
2000 Double Dare 2000 Herself Episode: "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd vs The Amanda Show"
2000 7th Heaven Cynthia Episodes: "Love Stinks" parts 1 & 2
2000 The Brothers García Jenny Episode: "Love Me Tender"
2000 The Ultimate Christmas Present Samantha Kwan Television film
2001 The Nightmare Room Tessa Episode: "Dear Diary, I'm Dead"
2001 Bette Stacey Episode: "The Invisible Mom"
2001 ER Lynda An Episode: "Fear of Commitment"
2001 Judging Amy Vanessa Pran Episode: "Darkness for Light"
2002 The Bernie Mac Show Shannon Episode: "The King and I"
2002 George Lopez Jennifer Episode: "Token of Unappreciation"
2002 Get a Clue Jennifer Television film
2002 For the People Ellie Episode: "The Double Standard"
2003 That's So Raven Amber Episode: "A Dog by Any Other Name"
2003 One on One Asanti Episode: "Keeping It"
2004–05 Phil of the Future Tia Recurring role (Season 1)
2004 Stuck in the Suburbs Natasha Kwon-Schwartz Television film
2005–08 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody London Tipton Main role
2006 American Dragon: Jake Long Tracey Voice; Episode: "Bring It On"
2006–08 Disney Channel Games Herself Television special; 3 editions
2007 The Emperor's New School Dancing Queen Voice; "The Emperor's New Tuber/Room for Improvement" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2007–08 Pass the Plate Herself (host)
2008 Macy's Presents Little Spirit: Christmas in New York Paige Television film
2008 Special Delivery Alice Cantwell Television film
2008–11 The Suite Life on Deck London Tipton Main role
2009 Phineas and Ferb Wendy Voice; Episode: "Unfair Science Fair"
2009 Wizards of Waverly Place London Tipton Episode: "Cast-Away (to Another Show)"
2011 The Suite Life Movie Television film
2012 Key & Peele Purple Falcon Episode: "Power Falcons"
2012–13 Scandal Alissa Recurring role (Season 12)
2013 New Girl Daisy Recurring role (Season 2)
2013–14 Dads Veronica Main role
2014, 2018 Robot Chicken Various Voices Voice; Episodes: "The Hobbit: There and Bennigan's"; "What Can You Tell Me About Butt Rashes?"
2014 The League Rosette Episode: "The Hot Tub"
2015 Miles from Tomorrowland Frida Voice; Recurring role (Season 1)
2015 Life in Pieces Bonnie Episode: "Bite Flight Wing-Man Bonnie"
2016–17 Pure Genius[16] Angie Cheng Main role[17]
2017 Superstore Kristen Episodes: "Glenn's Kids"; "Cheyenne's Wedding"
2018 Station 19 JJ Recurring role
2019-present Amphibia Anne Boonchuy Voice, Main role, Disney Channel series[18]

Web[change | change source]

Year Title Role[14] Notes
2007–11 London Tipton's Yay Me! Starring London Tipton London Tipton Web-show

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
2001 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy), Supporting Young Actress The Ultimate Christmas Present Won
2003 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Television Comedy Series, Guest Starring Young Actress The Bernie Mac Show Nominated
2006 Asian Excellence Award Newcomers Award The Suite Life of Zack & Cody Nominated
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Funniest TV Sidekick Nominated[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. Siedman, Robert (May 15, 2009). "Disney Channel orders more The Suite Life on Deck". TV By the Numbers. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15.
  2. McNary, Dave (June 21, 2017). "Seth Green to Make Feature Film Directorial Debut With 'Changeland'". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  3. Otterson, Joe (August 17, 2017). "Brenda Song, Jason Biggs to Star in Freeform's 'Angry Angel' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  4. Abrams, Natalie (March 9, 2018). "'Station 19' adds Brenda Song for multi-episode arc". Entertainment Weekly. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  5. Moua, Wameng (September 22, 2005). "Bonafide Star: Brenda Song". Hmong Today. St. Paul, Minnesota: Hmong Today LLC. Archived from the original on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2006-05-04.
  6. Steinberg, Jacques (June 15, 2006). "Brenda Song Turns Warrior in Disney's 'Wendy Wu'". The New York Times. New York City: New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
  7. "Girl Power". People. New York City: Meredith Corporation. May 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  8. Albert Gutierrez (November 21, 2006). Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior: Kickin' Addition DVD Review. UltimateDisney.com. Accessed 2008-12-11.
  9. Russ Fischer (October 20, 2009). "Casting Notes: Selena Gomez in Teen Rom Com; The Social Network Gets New Kids; The Whistleblower Gets Proven Talent Archived 2012-06-30 at Archive.today". Accessed 2009-11-13.
  10. "Winners - Results from the 2012 OFF". omahafilmfestival.org/.
  11. "Night Owls". USC Cinematic Arts.
  12. Otterson, Joe (August 17, 2017). "Brenda Song, Jason Biggs to Star in Freeform's 'Angry Angel' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  13. Petski, Nellie Andreeva,Denise; Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (January 31, 2019). "'Dollface': Brenda Song & Lex Scott Davis Join Kat Dennings In Hulu Comedy Series".
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 "Brenda Song". IMDB.
  15. Brian Lowry (November 15, 2011). 'Pixie Hollow' Sprinkles Fairie Dust on Disney Archived 2012-07-16 at Archive.today. Accessed 2011-12-12.
  16. "Dermot Mulroney Joins Jason Katims' CBS Medical Drama Pilot". TV Line. January 27, 2016.
  17. "Brenda Song Crosses Her Fingers That Her Pilot 'Bunker Hill' Gets Picked Up". J-14 Magazine. January 27, 2016.
  18. Bennett, Anita; Bennett, Anita (March 27, 2019). "Brenda Song Returns To Disney Channel In Animated Series 'Amphibia'".
  19. Viacom International Inc. (February 10, 2011). "Expect The Unexpected As Jack Black Hosts Nickelodeon's 2011 Kid'’ Choice Awards Airing Live From Los Angeles On Saturday, April 2, At 8pm ET". Press release. http://nickkcapress.com/2011KCA/release/2011_host. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 

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