Jasmine Curtis-Smith

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Jasmine Curtis
Born Jasmine Casandra Ojales Curtis-Smith
(1994-04-06) 6 April 1994 (age 23)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Nationality Filipino Australian
Occupation Actress, TV host, dancer, endorser
Years active 2011–present
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Family Anne Curtis (sister)

Jasmine Casandra Ojales Curtis-Smith (born 6 April 1994) is a Filipino Australian actress, dancer, endorser, writer, and TV host best known internationally for her critically acclaimed performance in Hannah Espia's 2013 film Transit,[1] and in the Philippines as the younger sister of fellow actress and ABS-CBN contract artist Anne Curtis.

Early life[edit]

Jasmine Curtis was born on 6 April 1994 in Melbourne, Australia as the second youngest daughter of Carmencita Ojales, a Filipina, and James Ernest Curtis-Smith, an Australian lawyer.[2] Aside from her older sister Anne, she also has a younger brother named Thomas James, who is currently completing secondary school in Australia, and a half-sister named Clare on her father's side, who died in 2007 due to a cardiovascular disease at four months old.[3] During her first stay in the Philippines, she studied at St. Paul College in Pasig before leaving in 2005 to return to Australia, where she finished her elementary and secondary schooling. She graduated high school at Loyola College in Watsonia, Melbourne.

Career[edit]

Early television career (2010-2012)[edit]

Curtis first came into notice during her vacations in the Philippines visiting her sister Anne, and it was not until mid-2010, when she appeared in ABS-CBN's noontime variety show Showtime, that networks began pushing to sign her. On 20 December 2010, Curtis signed an exclusive three-year contract with TV5 and is being groomed by the network to be one of its Primetime Princesses. In an interview after the contract signing, she mentioned that she felt really happy to have finally settled in TV5 and appreciated the network's decision to allow her to balance her studies and her showbiz career. In 2013, she signed another 3-year contract with TV5.[citation needed]

Curtis's first miniseries for TV5 was a television remake with JC de Vera of the 1991 Philippine action-romance film Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum, which was top billed by Robin Padilla and Vina Morales. Some of the scenes in the series were shot in Curtis's native Australia. In 2012, she played the role of Epifania "Anya" Dionisio in Nandito Ako, where she co-starred with Eula Caballero as Holly Posadas and American Idol season 7 runner-up David Archuleta as Josh Bradley.[4]

Early film career and critical acclaim (2012-2013)[edit]

Curtis started her film career with two independent film productions: Puti, a 2012 psychological thriller in which she played Nika; and Transit, where she played Yael, an Israeli-Filipino child of an Overseas Filipino who faces deportation. Transit received wide critical acclaim, competing at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, receiving 10 awards at the 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, and eventually became the Philippines' entry to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.[5] Curtis' performance as Yael, which required her to quickly learn Hebrew just before production,[1] earned her critical praise from both local and international critics,[1][6] and earned Curtis the Best Supporting Actress award [6]

2013 also saw her featured on the cover of various magazines in 2013, including Candy, Mega, and with sister Anne was the cover story of the Philippines' maiden issue of ¡Hola!.

Recent Projects[edit]

In 2016, Curtis-Smith won the best actress award at the 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival for playing the lead role of Alex in the LGBT-themed film Baka Bukas (lit. Maybe Tomorrow).

2017 saw Curtis-Smith co-starring in JP Habac's I'm Drunk, I Love You, an arthouse romantic comedy which quickly became a viral sensation, prompting a viral fan campaign to keep it in cinemas despite lack of studio support.[7] Popularly referred to as "IDILY" (an acronym based on the film's title)[7], the film's quirky dialogue and comedic timing turned Curtis (who played the film's romantic "antagonist", Pathy) and co-stars Maja Salvador (Carson) and Paolo Avelino (Dio) into viral meme sensations.[8]

Curtis is currently hosting SPINNation every Saturday and currently stars on a new series entitled Jasmine every Sundays on TV5.

Method[edit]

Curtis-Smith describes her method for improving her acting skills as a process of “learning and observing all kinds of people.” Remarking in an interview after winning a Cinema One best actress award for "Baka Bukas" in 2016, she notes: “I watch, but don’t stare. I listen, but don’t eavesdrop. I become inspired, but don’t necessarily imitate. Although in some cases, like in real-life stories, imitation may be required.” [9]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Puti Nika Film debut
2013 Transit Yael
2014 Dementia Rachel
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo Andrea
2015 Halik sa Hangin Quinn/Sister Quinn Cameo
Resureksyon Ailah
2016 Imagine You and Me Clarissa Supporting
Baka Bukas Alex Lead Role
2017 I'm Drunk, I Love You Pathy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2011 Pidol's Wonderland: Jesebilbil Episode Jessa TV5 First Lead Role
2011 Fan*tastik Performer Guest
2011–2012 Hey it's Saberdey! Performer Guest
2011 Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum Bernadette Grace "Bing" Morrison Lead Role with JC De Vera
2012 Regal Shocker: Perya Part 1 Nicks Lead Role
Regal Shocker: Perya Part 2 Nicks Lead Role
Nandito Ako Epifania "Anya" Dionisio Lead Role with David Archuleta
2013 Undercover Claire Lead Role with Derek Ramsay
Tropa Mo Ko Unli Various Role
SPINNation[10] Herself Host
2014 The Replacement Bride Chynna Studio 5 Original Movie

Lead Role

Jasmine Jasmine Lead Role
Wattpad Presents: My Tag Boyfriend Sitti Sandoval Lead Role
2015 Wattpad Presents: A House Full Of Hunks Venice Montez Lead Role
Move It: Clash of the Streetdancers Herself Host
My Fair Lady Audrey Tisueco Lead Role
2016 Ang Panday Alex Lead Role
Forever Sucks Izabel Lead Role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Award Category Result Source
2013 Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum 2013 Golden Screen TV Awards Outstanding Breakthrough Performance by An Actress Won
2013 "Transit" 9th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Won [11]
2014 Transit 11th Golden Screen Awards Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Won
2015 Dementia 31st PMPC Star Awards for Movies Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo 2015 FAMAS Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
N/A 2015 FAMAS Awards German Moreno Youth Achievement Award Won
2016 Baka Bukas 2016 Cinema One Originals Film Festival Best Actress Won [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kuipers, Richard (2013-10-03). "Busan Film Review: 'Transit'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Jasmine Curtis-Smith Biography". Pinoy Stop. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Dumaual, Miguel (12 January 2013). "Anne Curtis talks about sister's death". Manila: ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  4. ^ PEP REVIEW: David Archuleta charms his ways into viewers' hearts via TV5's Nandito Ako
  5. ^ Eunice, Blanco. "Transit is PHL's entry for 86th Oscars". Phil Star. Retrieved 2013-09-18. 
  6. ^ a b Liwanag-Bledsoe, Malou (2014-07-17). "'Transit': A story about love and family in a foreign land". asianjournal.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  7. ^ a b Buencamino, Chesca (2017-02-23). "The story behind the viral hashtag #SaveIDILY (and why you should watch it)". CNN Philippines. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  8. ^ Lim, Lance Paolo (2017-02-22). "LOOK: 8 Hugot Lines From "I'm Drunk, I Love You"!". myxph.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  9. ^ http://entertainment.inquirer.net/231155/jasmines-brilliant-career-far
  10. ^ http://www.tv5.com.ph/show/cast/48/spinnation-cast
  11. ^ Cinemalaya: New breed of Filipino talent, retrieved March 27, 2017 
  12. ^ "Jasmine Curtis wins Best Actress in Cinema One Originals film fest", ABS-CBN Corporation, November 21, 2016, retrieved November 29, 2016 

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