Kurdi at the Kapuso Olympics, June 2007
|Birth name||Yasmien Yuson Kurdi|
January 25, 1989 |
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
|Occupation(s)||Actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model|
Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla (born 25 January 1989 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines), popularly known as Yasmien Kurdi, is an award-winning Filipina actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model. She was one of the Final Four in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show by GMA Network in the Philippines where she finished first runner up. She bagged the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart and known for the roles of Mira in the hit fantasy series Encantadia, Salve Dizon de Leon in the remake of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, a role originated by Maricel Soriano.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Activism
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Discography
- 7 Awards and recognitions
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mike Kurdi, and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. She is of French-Lebanese (paternal) and Chinese-Filipino (maternal) descent. She spent most of her early life in Kuwait because of her father's work there and was in fact there with her family during the Gulf War. She was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School; and finished high school and Nursing at New Era University.
2003-2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of Love
Her early career included modeling for Candy, Seventeen, and MOD magazine. She was also one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search wherein she lost over the Jaboom Twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC.
2007-2011: Breakthrough, villain role, and Love Is All I Need
In May 2007, after her success in Bakekang series as "Charming", Yasmien starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. Yasmien plays as Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. On its press conference, GMA Network crown her as its GMA Drama Princess. On September 10, 2007, Yasmien will star again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally stars Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA trusted them both to star in Sine Novela.
The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie entitled Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. The series crushed its rival My Girl. On the last quarter of 2008, she led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga? which garnered primetime ratings though it is on afternoon. The Sine Novela is a top rater and the all-time highest Sine Novela in National TV Ratings, never beaten by Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? which held the Mega Manila only.
On November 9, 2007, Kurdi posed inside a cage while holding a sign that said: "Liberate your diet. Go vegetarian."
2011-2013: Hiatus and comeback
In 2011, Yasmien joined the epic series Amaya for a multi-episode guest arc playing Apila. Except for a guest appearance as Consuelo Madrigal in Legacy, she would go on to quit showbusiness to concentrate on her college education and raising a family of her own, coming back in 2013 after a two-year hiatus.
Kurdi is a supporter of PETA and has helped with a number of campaigns. "Through PETA, I am able to speak up for animals and help them be heard. That's why I jumped at the chance to climb into a cage and urge people to 'liberate' their diet and give vegetarianism a try," Kurdi explained. Recently Kurdi has joined the call to 'Free Mali' from the Manila Zoo, where she has spent 39 years alone, in a tiny enclosure and without adequate medical care.
In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to Rey Soldevilla, a former flight attendant. Together, they have a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name means "bright flower" in the Hindu language.
Conversion to Catholicism
Raised in the Iglesia ni Cristo faith, Kurdi converted to her husband's Roman Catholic faith upon their marriage in 2012. This is because the Iglesia ni Cristo strictly forbids its members from getting married to a person from another faith unless the latter converts to the Iglesia ni Cristo faith, and any member violating such doctrine would merit an automatic expulsion. Her relationship with Soldevilla and eventual conversion initially became a sore issue with her family, which wasn't resolved until her mother Miriam attended Ayesha's first birthday party in 2013.
In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal chords, which explained the recent hoarseness in her voice. She is scheduled for surgery on July 2014 to remove the cyst. According to her doctor, there is no guarantee that her voice will fully recover after the operation.
|2014||Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina At Mga Anak||Bianca|
|2009||Bleach: Memories of Nobody||Rukia Kuchiki (voice)|
|2008||Loving You||Lane Cruz|
|2005||Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5||Laila|
|2005||Happily Ever After||Jenny|
|2004||Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita||Senyang|
|2004||So Happy Together||Raphie|
In 2005, Kurdi released her first album titled In the Name of Love under GMA Records. She released her first single "I Know" (which was used as a Filipino soundtrack of Korean teledrama "Sweet 18", aired of course by GMA) followed by "In the Name of Love" and "Umaambisyon" in the same year. In 2007 she released her second album called Love Is All I Need with her singles "Candlelight Romance", "Goodbye", "Kisapmata", "One Day", "Take It or Leave It", "Even If" and "Love Is All I Need".
- Studio albums
Awards and recognitions
|2009||PEP Forum Awards||Best Afternoon Drama Actress|
|2009||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 53|
|2009||Kapuso Tag Awards||Kapuso Fan-Fave Female Nominee|
|2008||Belo Awards||Best in Costume|
|2008||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 33|
|2008||Kapuso Poll Question||Prettiest Female Kapuso|
|2008||PEP Forum Awards||Most Promising Young Actress|
|2008||Yes! Magazine||Most Curvilicious|
|2007||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 26|
|2007||SOP Music Video Awards 2007||Best Editing for "Candlelight Romance"|
|2007||SOP Music Video Awards 2007||Best Texter’s Choice Award for "Candlelight Romance"|
|2007||GMA Records||Gold Record Award Love Is All I Need|
|2007||Ang PINAKA-idol kong StarStruck survivor||Rank 3|
|2006||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 75|
|2006||36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award||Most Promising Female Singer|
|2006||Myx Music Awards 2006||Best New Artist|
|2006||IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006||Song of the Year for "In the Name of Love"|
|2006||IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006||Breakthrough Singer of the Year|
|2006||GMA Records||Platinum Record Award From the album In the Name of Love|
|2005||SOP Music Awards||Song of the Year for "I Know"|
|2005||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 48|
|2004||FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World||Rank 10|
|2003||StarStruck||Experts Choice For Acting|
- Yasmien Kurdi, naayos na ang gusot sa kanyang ina - Pinoy Parazzi (Tagalog)
- Yasmien Kurdi – Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and pictures at Last.fm
- "Call her Nurse Yasmien". The Freeman (Philippines: STAR Group of Publications). 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- GMA7 crowns Yasmien Kurdi as its new Drama Princess
- Yasmien Kurdi and JC de Vera brave the slums in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig
- Yasmien caged to promote vegetarianism
- Yasmien Kurdi and Rey Soldevilla Jr.'s Baby Ayesha turns 1
- Yasmien, nakatipid sa b-day ng anak; Jennylyn, naudlot sa Tacloban (Tagalog)
- Mommy Divine ipinagtanggol ni Sarah, tampo kay Gerald malalim pa! (Tagalog)
- Kathryn, Daniel talk about fidelity, religion in relationship
- Blanco, Eunice (2014-04-15). "Yasmien Kurdi has cyst on her vocal chords". The Philippine Star (Philippines: STAR Group of Publications). Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Tunay na Buhay (Yasmien Kurdi) - 23 April 2014 on YouTube (Tagalog)