Fil-Am actress Tia Carerre on Wayne’s World anniversary, working hard for representation

by Connie Macatula-DeLeon, ABS-CBN News


WOODRIDGE, IL — Wayne’s World, one of the most iconic movies in the 90s, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.

The comedy film, directed by Penelope Spheeris, starring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey, was filmed in Aurora, Illinois.

25 years later, Filipino American Tia Carrere, who starred in the movie as Cassandra Wong, returns to Illinois — to meet her fans and to share with them not only the secrets to her success but also the challenges she went through as an actress.

“It was definitely difficult because there weren’t many people on television that looked like me. But I’d like to think that I was on the forefront,” said Carrere. “And now you see a lot more people, ethnic people, Asian people, on television. It’s great — every little step that we take forward, everybody else gets pulled up.”

Wayne’s World  is screening in select cinemas nationwide on February 7th and 8th.

“[Carrere] sets an example for Filipino Americans,” said Merle Salazar.

“25 years ago, people were surprised to see someone like her in an American-made movie, a Hollywood movie, which became a blockbuster,” said fan Ruben Salazar.

Tia Carrere, born and raised in Hawaii, is not only an accomplished actress in motion pictures and television. She is also a two-time, Grammy award-winning artist. She also starred in the day-time soap opera, General Hospital.

But her biggest break was being part of the Wayne’s World cast.

Carrere say says that through it all, there is one lesson that she always takes with her.

“Be proud of your heritage. Being Filipino, we know how to work hard. The work ethic, and the perseverance, and knowing what you want, and working hard to get there – I think these are all things that you have to really focus on and embrace about being Filipino.”

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