Grammy®-winner and two-time Tony Award® nominee Eva Noblezada makes her television debut on tonight’s “Law & Order: SVU” episode titled “Turn Me On Take Me Private,” which airs at 9:00 p.m. EST on NBC.
Ms. Noblezada stars as Zoey Carrera, a camgirl assaulted by one of her clients. The online role-play session turns violent when one user decides to meet his idol in person. Alex Brightman and John Waters will also guest star with Mariska Hartigay as Captain Olivia Benson, Peter Scanavino as ADA Sonny Carisi, Jamie Gray Hyder as Officer Katriona “Kat” Azar, Ice T as Sergeant Odafin Tutuola, Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins and Demore Barnes as Deputy Chief Christian Garland.
Ms. Noblezada made her feature film debut opposite award-winning country music artist Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan (Mula sa puso), Tony Award®-winner and Grammy®-nominee Lea Salonga (Once On This Island, Mulan, Aladdin) and Gustavo Gomez (“The Walking Dead”, Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep) in Diane Paragas’ new independent film Yellow Rose, about a talented singer and undocumented Filipina whose mother is taken away by ICE.
In the film, a Filipina teen from a small Texas town fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while having to decide between staying with her family or leaving the only home she has ever known. Yellow Rose is available on demand, and was recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The two actresses, who each played Kim in Miss Saigon in its original production and revival, sing on the soundtrack, which is available to stream/download on Amazon.
Eva Noblezada was discovered by a top New York casting agent when she was still in high school. Most recently, she originated the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown on Broadway, a performance for which she received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She was also nominated for her Broadway debut performance as Kim in Cameron Mackintosh’s epic Miss Saigon revival, at age 21. Ms. Noblezada is the recipient of the 2020 Rising Phoenix Award from Womankind and the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award from the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.
Awards Season: Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA) & The Cowboys
Yellow Rose is among five Texas-made films named by the Houston Film Critics Society as nominees for its annual Texas Independent Film Awards (TIFA).
For the first time in the six-year history of this award, the films, artists and actors who contributed to their production will be the focus of a one-hour television special, scheduled to air on Houston’s local KUBE-TV station, at 4:00 PM CST on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. Final voting by Society members will conclude on Jan. 17.
The TIFA winner, as well as the recipients of the Texas Independent Film Visionary Award and eighteen traditional categories, will be announced on Monday, Jan. 18.
The one-hour television special, which will be pre-recorded in Houston the week of Jan. 19, will include clips from each of the TIFA nominees, as well as interviews with filmmakers and cast members. The broadcast, hosted by Society members, will be available for viewing at no charge on Houston’s KUBE-TV channel, available on cable and broadcast systems. A list of channels for each provider can be found here.
Yellow Rose has been nominated for 3 Cowboys for the fourth annual edition of the C&I Movie Awards including Best Actress for Eva Noblezada, Best Supporting Actor for Dale Watson, Best Support Actress for Princess Punzalan. Click here to vote. The deadline for submitting your picks will be Wednesday, March 3. Winners will be announced Friday, March 5.
Ms. Noblezada is featured on Backstage.com: Backstage Picks: The Leading Film Performances That Got Us Through 2020 on a list that includes Amy Adams, Radha Blank, Rachel Brosnahan, Carrie Coon, Viola Davis, Andra Day, Clare Dunne, Sidney Flanigan, Julia Garner, Yeri Han, Rashida Jones, Vanessa Kirby, Sophia Loren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frances McDormand, Cristin Milioti, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Margot Robbie, Meryl Streep, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlize Theron, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zendaya.
“Noblezada wears her heart on her sleeve in Diane Paragas’ searing ode to—and diatribe against—the American dream. As Rose Garcia, a Texas teen and aspiring songwriter whose mother (Princess Punzalan) is deported back to the Philippines, she channels that heart into country music. Broadway audiences have heard firsthand how the actor infuses her every note with palpable emotion; that skill is no less felt onscreen.”
Yellow Rose is written by Paragas, Annie Howell and Celena Cipriaso based on a story by Paragas and Andy Bienen. The film is produced by Paragas, Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo and Orian Williams. Executive Producers are Olivia De Jesus and Karen Elizaga.
The film is on Variety’s Best Under-the-Radar Films of 2020 the Hollywood Critics Association’s Best Films of 2020 List.
Eva Noblezada, Reeve Carney, Kelli Barrett, Shoshana Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Bob Egan, Lena Hall, Adam Kaplan, Tamika Lawrence, Kirstin Maldonado, Fred Odgaard, Karen Olivo, Jarrod Spector, Joey Taranto, Alysha Umphress and Sarah Walsh Set for THE SHOW WILL GO ON! Benefit
Diane Paragas’ Multiple Award-Winning Film YELLOW ROSE, Starring Eva Noblezada, Dale Watson, Princess Punzalan and Lea Salonga, to Screen in Boston, Austin, Philadelphia, San Diego, Vancouver, Toronto, Oahu and Kauai
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.
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