Edit
Tia Carrere Poster

Biography

Jump to: Overview (3) | Mini Bio (1) | Spouse (2) | Trivia (22) | Personal Quotes (28)

Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 January 1967Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Birth NameAlthea Rae Janairo
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tia Carrere was born Althea Rae Duhinio Janairo on January 2, 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer (1988). Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson at age ten), Tia would continue her ascent in the acting world with a regular stint on General Hospital (1963) as Jade Soong and a string of co-starring roles on MacGyver (1985), Quantum Leap (1989) and Friday the 13th: The Series (1987), among others.

This was not until her breakthrough role as Cassandra Wong in Wayne's World (1992) and Wayne's World 2 (1993) that Tia was able to showcase both her singing and acting chops. Wayne's World was a worldwide phenom and set the stage for the evil femme fatale Juno Skinner in True Lies (1994), opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, computer whiz Jingo Asakuma in Rising Sun (1993), opposite Sean Connery, and her own series lead of Sydney Fox on Relic Hunter (1999).

Other current television work includes appearing on the 2007 season premiere of FX network's Nip/Tuck (2003), on Kelsey Grammer's Back to You (2007), recurring as Cha Cha on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000), and voice work on the Disney series Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003). Recently, Tia returned to her Hawaiian roots with four Grammy Award-nominated CDs, winning the Grammy Award twice in 2010 and 2012 where she also co-hosted and performed during the ceremony.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Simon Wakelin

Spouse (2)

Simon Wakelin (31 December 2002 - 12 August 2010) (divorced) (1 child)
Elie Samaha (22 November 1992 - 2000) (divorced)

Trivia (22)

While auditioning for a role on Baywatch (1989), she stalled on returning for the swim test so she could audition for Wayne's World (1992).
Also a two-time Grammy Award winning singer and a voiceover artist.
Has Chinese, Spanish, Filipino and Hawaiian heritage.
Her little sister could not say "Althea", this came out "Tia".
Had a body double used for a nude hot tub scene in Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991).
As Cassandra Wong in Wayne's World (1992), she performed all her songs as the singer and featured on the soundtrack.
Was an acting contestant on Star Search (1983) in 1985; she lost in her first round.
Featured in the January 2003 edition of Playboy magazine.
Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1992).
Ranked #69 in the 2001 FHM-USA list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World.
Gave birth to her only child at age 38, a daughter, Bianca Wakelin on September 25, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. Child's father is her second husband, Simon Wakelin.
Her second husband, Simon Wakelin, is a photojournalist who has been editor at a number of magazines including HDVideoPro, and written special reports for Variety, Hollywood Reporter and American Cinematographer.
Participated in the 2011 National Record-A-Thon by recording children's book titles for RFB&D (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)'s audiobook library. [March 2011]
Her surname is pronounced "KUH-rare-uh".
Is the eldest of three sisters and two half-sisters.
Currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Competed on ABC's Dancing with the Stars (2005). [January 2006]
Attended Sacred Hearts Academy, an all-girls school.
Sister of Saundra Janairo.
Was discovered by a local producer in a Waikiki grocery store and was subsequently cast in the 1988 film "Aloha Summer".
Speaks Hawaiian Pidgin fluently.
Auditioned for the role of Tess McGill in "Working Girl" (1988). Lost to Melanie Griffith.

Personal Quotes (28)

I kind of fell into acting, but I have sung and trained since I was in the eighth grade.
I love to sing, so I just figured that I was going to sing or something.
I was very young. I thought I knew a lot and I really didn't. I trusted the wrong people.
I wanted to be a part of the Disney history.
I slipped at a bus stop; I went one way and my hair went the other. That was the end of my wig.
When I first came here, Hollywood was very closed-minded.
The kids all knew me from Wayne's World. The grown-ups knew me after True Lies.
I play a female Indiana Jones, a professor who hunts down precious objects, like a bowl that belonged to the Buddha. They tailored the role to me: I wanted to be smart, funny, and to kick some ass.
I'm not really this rock 'n' roll chick.
This is a Disney animated feature; it's eternal, it's history. What's there to think about?
People want me to do the strangest things. They want me to sign their arms or chests.
I can't sit on grass without a blanket.
Jason Lee is the most famous actor from Hawaii I can think of.
I act and perform in hopes of getting attention and admiration.
I can't stand when people say, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful." Okay, how about I hate you because you said that.
I had been gullible, naive, soft, pliable. That's why I got taken advantage of. To survive, you have to have a tough skin.
I'm concentrating on the positive, on all the wonderful things I'm doing now.
Beauty lasts five minutes. Maybe longer if you have a good plastic surgeon.
I like theme parks. The fastest roller coaster I've ever been on is at a casino in Nevada.
Doors open because you're beautiful, but I wouldn't cultivate beauty to the exclusion of brains.
That's always at the heart and soul of Disney's features, the feeling of a family values.
Having the Stitch character, the villain that becomes a hero, coming from outer space, it took a very difficult and complex story and put it into a simpler, kinder time.
Did you know hemp is a natural fiber?
When I first met my agent, I said, "If something comes up and it fits my age range and personality, I would like you to send me up for it, even if it specifies blonde or brunette.".
I'm of Filipino, Spanish and Chinese descent, and was raised on Hawaii.
As an actress, you're already disregarded for a lot of the parts by the people who are setting up those shows. You don't need your agent to be doing the same.
If there's a Disney animated feature based in Hawaii, I knew I had to be part of it. I'm very proud to be from Hawaii. There was no question the role was mine.
The reporter claimed he was going to write the article from my point of view. Instead, he made me sound like a little idiot. It made me never want to do another interview again.

See also

Other Works | Publicity Listings | Official Sites | Contact Info

Contribute to This Page