Lilan Bowden

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Lilan Bowden
Born (1985-09-01) September 1, 1985 (age 33)[1]
Alma materUniversity of California, Irvine
OccupationActress, Comedian
Years active2007-present

Lilan Bowden (born September 1, 1985) is an American actress known for her role as Rebecca "Bex" Mack in Andi Mack.

Biography[edit]

Lilan Bowden was born to a Taiwanese mother and American father. She attended Castro Valley High School where she had joined the improv and comedy clubs and graduated in 2002.[2] Bowden attended University of California, Irvine where she continued to perform in comedy. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles and joined the Upright Citizens Brigade. She also began writing for Funny or Die during this time.[3]

Career[edit]

Bowden began auditioning for roles which was made difficult due to her mixed race heritage. "The roles you get as a minority usually cluster in certain category...I felt like every year I was going out and testing for at least one pilot where I was the sassy, ethnic best friend...I still think that we have a lot of work to do as far as entertaining someone who’s not white for the lead role of TV shows."[4] She suddenly auditioned for the show Andi Mack and got the role of Bex, the single young mother of the title. "I feel like I hit the jackpot!...It’s so exciting to be a part of a female dominant cast that is an Asian American family and doesn’t fit the model minority." She added that she finds the positive message of the show enticing and feels that she earned the role through perseverance.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sex and the USA Risa Reagan
2010 Life After LOST: Ethan Adopts Betty Short film; also writer
2010 Interactive Lower Back Tattoos Short film
2010 The Year That I Was Born Anna Short film
2010 Running South Dream Girl #3 Short film
2011 Princess and the Pony Chinese News Reporter Direct-to-Video
2011 Kate Plus 8: College Years Leah Gosselin Short film
2011 Toddlers and Tiaras: Where Are They Now? Pageant Mother Short film
2012 Nazis at the Center of the Earth May Yun Direct-to-Video
2012 I Survived: Celebrity Massages Short film
2012 Robby's Birthday Darlene Short film
2012 Rise of the Zombies Jun Nagase Direct-to-Video
2012 Happy Place Short film
2013 Sexy Single Solutions Sexy Hotline Single Short film
2013 The Gravity Gun Alyx Vance Short film
2013 A Leading Man Andrea
2013 Lilan and Wilder Get Up Early Lilan Short film; also writer
2014 The Liarist Short film
2014 Malaysia Airlines Is Super Sorry Short film
2014 Normal Best Friends Say Bye Lilan Short film; also writer
2014 OkCupid's Human Experiments Short film
2014 Super Heroes vs. Game Heroes Alyx Short film
2015 The Worst Year of My Life Bakery Worker
2015 Til It Happens to You Lilan Short film
2016 Wake Up America! Sandrea
2016 Rumble in the Valley Bone Short film
2016 Dicky Sledgehammer: The Case of Sunday Stone Detective Yew
2017 Mr. Roosevelt Sunni
2017 Cavemansplaining Ava Short film
2017 The Mad Ones 'Slacksters' Monika
2017 The Vomit Solution to Thirsty Men Gal on Street / Dance Club Girl Short film; also writer and director
2017 Linds Lindsey Short film
2018 Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing
Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh
Anthea
2018 The Odd Essay Athena
2018 No Good Deed Susan
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gullible Gil Jane 4 episodes
2009-2015 UCB Comedy Originals Various 5 episodes
2011 Zombie Apocalypse Myra TV Movie
2012 The Silicon Assassin Project Karina Episode: "The Wall"
2012 Let It Go Trisha TV Pilot
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Penny Episode: "The Great Train Stoppery"
2013 Days of Our Lives Hotel Clerk 2 episodes
2013 Hart of Dixie Collette Episode: "How Do You Like Me Now?"
2013 Youth Large Karle Busse TV Pilot
2014 Conan Lesbian Zombie Episode: "The Cast of The Walking Dead/White Denim"
2014 The Pete Holmes Show Chun-Li Episode: "Paul Scheer: Interview #2"
2014 Jilted Women Retell Classic Love Stories Scarlett's Bestie Episode: "Scarlett and Rhett"
2014 Suburgatory Monique Episode: "Catch and Release"
2014 Parks and Recreation Sam Nut 2 episodes
2014 Gay of Thrones Episode: "The Laws of Gay Men"
2014 Futurestates Employer Episode: "As You Were"
2014 Geek Cred Super Fan Episode: "Nerdrage Against the Machine"
2014 Newsreaders Question Woman Episode: "Go Nadz; Talkin' News"
2015 Childrens Hospital Sauna Staffer Episode: "Codename: Jennifer"
2015 Highly Evolved Human Breezy 1 episode
2015 CollegeHumor's Comedy Music Hall of Fame Subway Representative TV Special
2015 Falling Flat Karen TV Movie
2015 Life in Pieces Waitress Episode: "Hospital Boudoir Time-Out Namaste"
2015 Adam Ruins Everything Network Lawyer Episode: "Adam Ruins Security
2015 Cool Media Gal Episode: "Adam Ruins Nutrition"
2015 Filthy Preppy Teens Darcy Bishop Main cast
2015-2016 CollegeHumor Originals Various 4 episodes
2016 The UCB Show Episode: "Ghost Trusters"
2016 Dice Hostess Episode: "Sal Maldonado"
2016 I Am Watching You Karen TV Movie
2016 This Isn't Working Susie Episode: "A Very Special Episode"
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Camper Episode: "Gillian Jacobs Wears a Gray Checkered Suit and a Red Bow Tie"
2017 Channel Zero Survivor TV Movie
2017 Love Doorperson Episode: "The Work Party"
2017 Lifeline Jasmine 2 episodes
2017–present Andi Mack Rebecca "Bex" Mack Main cast
2018 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale Aashleigh R. Episode: "Coffee Is Delicious"
2018 The 5th Quarter Wanda Gotski Episode: "Field of Screams"
TBA Truck'd Up Lily

References[edit]

  1. ^ Levin, Joe (September 1, 2017). "Happy Birthday, Lilan Bowden She Turns 32 Today". TOTPI. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Bracy, Brittany (May 31, 2017). "Screen star Lilan Bowden returns to her roots". CVHS Olympian. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Rachel Ann Cauilan (January 23, 2018). "Bowden Breaks Through with Disney's 'Andi Mack'". Kore Asian Media. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (October 11, 2017). "Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts – With or Without an Accent". Indie Wire. Retrieved April 28, 2018.

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