American actress Tia Carrere emerged into the public spotlight after being cast as Chinese singer Cassandra Wong (Mike Myers' girlfriend) in Wayne's World (1992). Her performance in the film earned her the nickname megababe J.
Not only known as an actress. Tia is also a talented singer. She launched her debut album, "Dream," in 1993. The album went platinum when it was released in the Philippines and she received a Lifetime Achievement Award by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in August of 2003.
Off screen, the 69th of 100 Sexiest Women in FHM-USA (2001), reportedly posed for Playboy Magazine in the January 2003 edition. Years before, she rejected the idea of appearing nude in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) and a body double was used in the hot tub scene.
Tia is an active member of Planned Parenthood, a charitable organization in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
A blend of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino ancestry, Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo was born on January 2nd 1967, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Along with her younger sister Alesaundra (born in 1968), Tia grew up on the island of Oahu and attended Sacred Hearts Academy, a private school for girls. Discovering an interest in singing, young Tia took vocal lessons.
Tia married her first husband, Italian producer Elie Samaha (born on May 10, 1955) on November 22, 1992. After eight years of living together, the couple divorced in February 2000. She then married photojournalist Simon Wakelin on December 31, 2002, and is expecting her first child in September 2005.
Voted by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1992), Tia enjoys reading and is also a dog lover.
After working as a model and vocalist for a local band, Tia Carrere made her professional acting debut with the role of Jade Soong Chung in the daytime soap opera General Hospital (1985-1987). While working in the series, Tia also debuted in Zombie Nightmare (1986, played Amy) and appeared as a guest star in The A-Team, MacGyver and Tour of Duty.
Following her preliminary success, Tia was next seen in the mini series Noble House (1988, as Venus Poon) and was cast as Lani Kepoo in Aloha Summer (1988) after being discovered by a local producer while shopping at a grocery store. The subsequent year, Tia played the role of Diane in The Road Raiders (1989,TV) and appeared in Fine Gold (1989).
In the early 1990s, Tia was a song performer in Instant Karma (1990) after her performance in Fatal Mission (1990). She then acted in two action movies, Showdown in Little Tokyo with Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee (1991, a body double was used for nudity) and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991, costarred Don Johnson and Mickey Rourke).
In 1992, Tia eventually experienced her breakthrough moment with the release of Wayne's World (1992), when she played the role of a Chinese rock singer and Mike Myers' love interest, Cassandra Wong. Not only acting, Tia also showed off her singing talent by singing Wayne's World's soundtrack and performing all of her own songs in the film.
Tia launched her first album titled "Dream" in 1993 and it soon went platinum when released in the Philippines. Following its success, Tia was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in August of 2003. Additionally, Tia joined Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes to star in Rising Sun (1993) and played a reprised role in Wayne's World 2 (1993).
Adding to her success in acting, Tia took part in several well-known movies including True Lies (1994, as Juno Skinner, opposite Arnold Schwazenegger), The Immortals (1995, played Gina Walker) and High School High (1996, portrayed Victoria Chapell). Her role in True Lies brought her a nomination for Best Dance Sequence at the MTV Movie Awards in 1995. At the end of the decade, Tia starred in the syndicated series Relic Hunter by playing the role of Sydney Fox.
Entering the new millennium, Tia was cast for voice work. She provided her voice as Nani in Disney's hit Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003), and Disney's Stitch! The Movie (2003).
In 2004, Tia could be seen again on screen in Back in the Day (2004) and Torn Apart (2004). More recent, she lent her voice to Aloha, Scooby-Doo (2005, as Snookie) and provided her voice for a reoccurring role in Duck Dodgers. She will also be seen in the television mini series Supernova (2005).
- ShoWest Award: Female Star of Tomorrow, 1994.