Joanna Bacalso

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Joanna Bacalso
Born Joanna Bacalso
Cebu, Philippines
Other names Joanna Garel
  • Actress
  • model

Joanna Bacalso is a Filipino-Canadian television and movie actress and former model.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bacalso was born in Cebu, Philippines and moved to Toronto, Ontario [2] with her two younger brothers when she was eight years old.[1]


Represented by Ford Models,[citation needed] her modeling work included both print and runway for clients including Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic. Bacalso transitioned from a modeling career into film and television.

Her television credits include guest-starring appearances on the series The Jamie Foxx Show, La Femme Nikita, Veronica's Closet, and Wish You Were Here. Bacalso played a recurring role on the CBS series The District and a multiple-episode supporting role on the series Ally McBeal.

Bacalso made her feature film debut in the Orion Pictures comedy Car 54, Where Are You? featuring Rosie O'Donnell and Fran Drescher. Bacalso appeared in the feature films Bedazzled and Dude, Where's My Car?.[1] She is most well known for her role as Barb in Disney's Snow Dogs featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Coburn.[2] She also played in the movie Half Baked.



Year Title Role
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Beautiful Woman
1995 No Contest Malou, Miss Philippines
1998 Half Baked Henchwoman
1998 Woo Stunning Woman
1998 Sanctuary Kelly Kwon
1998 Short for Nothing Timea
2000 Bedazzled DV8 Clubgoer
2000 Dude, Where's My Car Bartender
2001 Gangland Aniko
2002 Snow Dogs Barb
2004 My Baby's Daddy Nia
2007 Bad Girl Island Sherry Pace


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Briana Season 2 Episode 25, A More Permanent Hell, (CBS)
1995 Forever Knight Angel Season 3 Episode 1, Black Buddha Part 2, (CBS)
1997 La Femme Nikita Woman Friend Season 1 Episode 21, Verdict, (USA)
1998 Veronica's Closet Kari Season 1 Episode 20, Veronica's All Nighter (NBC)
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Joanna Kennedy Two Episodes, (WB)
1999 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Ari'ana Season 4 Episode 9, Inertia (Syndication)
1999 Das Traumschiff Cora Stiller Season 1 Episode 24, Tahiti (ZDF)
2000 The District Pumpkin Season 1 Episode 6, How They Lived (CBS)
2000 The District Poo Kim Season 1 Episode 8, The Jackal (CBS)
2000-01 Son of the Beach Firebush Two Episodes, (FX)
2011 Lost Girl Female Contender Season 2 Episode 2, I Fought the Fae, and the Fae Won (SyFy)


  1. ^ a b c "Update on Joanna Bacalso". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 27 April 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Joanna Bacalso comes home to keep grounded". Daily Mercury. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 

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