Yasmien Kurdi

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Yasmien Kurdi
Yasmien Kurdi at the Kapuso Olympics (23 June 2007).jpg
Kurdi at the Kapuso Olympics, June 2007
Background information
Birth name Yasmien Yuson Kurdi
Born (1989-01-25) January 25, 1989 (age 26)
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Genres OPM, pop
Occupation(s) Actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels GMA Records

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 as first runner-up. She was awarded the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart. She is 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.

Early life[edit]

Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mohammad Kurdi, and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.[1] She is of 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 there with her family during the Gulf War.[2] 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.[3]

Kurdi at INC Laoag on December 2011

2003-2006: Starstruck, career beginnings, and In The Name of Love[edit]

Her early career included modeling for Candy, Seventeen, and MOD magazine. She was one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search, but lost to the Jaboom twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC.[4][5]

2007-2011: Breakthrough, villain role, and Love Is All I Need[edit]

In May 2007, after her success in the Bakekang series as "Charming", Kurdi starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. She played Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. In its press conference, GMA Network crowned her as its GMA Drama Princess.[6] On September 10, 2007, Kurdi starred again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally starred Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as a loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA cast them both in Sine Novela.[7]

The network gave them an adaptation of another Sharon Cuneta movie, Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita.[8] The series crushed its rival My Girl. In the last quarter of 2008, Kurdi led the remake of Saan Darating Ang Umaga?[9] which garnered prime time ratings, though it aired in the iafternoon. 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.

Kurdi then appeared on Dear Friend: Madrasta,[10] which topped the weekend daytime ratings. She then starred in SRO Cinemaserye‍ '​s suspense drama Suspetsa.

In 2010, Kurdi was cast in her first role as a villain, on the GMA Network fairy tale television series Grazilda.[11]

2011-2013: Hiatus and comeback[edit]

In 2011, Kurdi joined the epic series Amaya for a multi-episode guest arc playing Apila. Except for a guest appearance as Consuelo Madrigal in Legacy, she then quit show business to concentrate on her college education and raising a family, coming back in 2013 after a two-year hiatus.

Activism[edit]

Kurdi is a supporter of PETA and has helped with a number of campaigns. On November 9, 2007, she posed inside a cage while holding a sign that said: "Liberate your diet. Go vegetarian."[12] "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.[5]

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Kurdi revealed to Philippine Entertainment Portal that she is already married to Rey Soldevilla, who is a pilot. in January 2012 Together, they have a daughter named Ayesha Zara, whose name means "bright flower" in the Hindu language. Rey is a Roman Catholic but Kurdi's mother is against her marriage .[14][15]

Health[edit]

In early 2014, Kurdi was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal cords, which explained the recent hoarseness in her voice. She was scheduled for surgery in July 2014 to remove the cyst. According to her doctor, there was no guarantee that her voice would fully recover after the operation.[16][17]

Filmography[edit]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2014-2015 Yagit Dolores Macabuhay GMA Network
2014 Rhodora X Angela Ferrer
2013 Genesis Alyssa "Rhea" Escalibre / Poblarde
One Day, Isang Araw Various
Sunday All Stars Guest Host
Anna Karenina Margarita "Maggie" Monteclaro
Indio Concordia Sanreal
2012 Legacy Consuelo Madrigal
2011-2012 Amaya Apila
2010-2011 Grazilda [11] Cindy
2009 SRO Cinermaserye: Suspetsa Leonor
Dear Friend: Madrasta Princess / Shiela Gomez
2008 Bleach: Season 2 Rukia Kuchiki (voice only)
Sine Novela:Saan Darating Ang Umaga? Shayne Rodrigo
Dear Friend Cathy Gonzales
2007 Tasya Fantasya Tasya
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Dizon de Leon
Sine Novela:Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe Velez
2006 Sine Novela:Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso Jenna
Bitoy's Funniest Videos Kikay Yasmien (herself)
Bleach Rukia Kuchiki (voice only)
Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang Charming / Lukring / Karisma
2005/2007 Hokus Pokus Jackie
2005 Now and Forever: Tinig Victoria / Ikay
Encantadia Mira
Love To Love (Season 6): Wish Upon A Jar Neneng
2004 Joyride Rene / Irene
Click: Barkada Hunt! Leilani
Click
SOP Gigsters Herself / Performer
2004/2010 SOP Rules
2004 Stage 1: Live!
Stage 1: The StarStruck Playhouse
2003 StarStruck Survivor / First Princess

Films[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Sa Ngalan Ng Ama, Ina At Mga Anak Bianca
2009 Bleach: Memories of Nobody Rukia Kuchiki (voice)
2008 Loving You Lane Cruz
2007 Bahay Kubo Dahlia
2006 Pitong Dalagita Mayo
2005 Shake, Rattle and Roll 2k5 Laila
Lovestruck Jojo
Happily Ever After Jenny
2004 Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita Senyang
So Happy Together Raphie

Discography[edit]

In 2005, Kurdi released her first album, In the Name of Love, under GMA Records. She released her first single, "I Know" (which was used as a Filipino soundtrack of the Korean teledrama Sweet 18 aired by GMA), followed by "In the Name of Love" and "Umaambisyon" in the same year. In 2007 she released her second album, Love Is All I Need, which included the 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[edit]

Year Film Award/Critics Award
2009 PEP Forum Awards Best Afternoon Drama Actress
FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 53
Kapuso Tag Awards Kapuso Fan-Fave Female Nominee
Belo Awards Best in Costume
2008 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 33
Kapuso Poll Question Prettiest Female Kapuso
PEP Forum Awards Most Promising Young Actress
Yes! Magazine Most Curvilicious
2007 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 26
SOP Music Video Awards 2007 Best Editing for "Candlelight Romance"
SOP Music Video Awards 2007 Best Texter’s Choice Award for "Candlelight Romance"
GMA Records Gold Record Award Love Is All I Need
Ang PINAKA-idol kong StarStruck survivor Rank 3
2006 FHM Philippines Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World Rank 75
36th Annual Guillermo Mendoza Award Most Promising Female Singer
Myx Music Awards 2006 Best New Artist
IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Song of the Year for "In the Name of Love"
IFM Pinoy Music Awards 2006 Breakthrough Singer of the Year
GMA Records Platinum Record Award From the album In the Name of Love
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

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