Tess Paras is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, and producer. As an actress, she can next be seen in a major recurring role in the next season of Amazon’s “Just Add Magic” (January 2019). This summer, Tess just wrapped a pilot presentation for YouTube Red entitled, “She Said Yes!” in the lead role opposite Margaret Cho. In the fall, she will be assistant directing the prestigious CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase (Jan 2019).
Tess has recurred as “Jayma Chan” on the CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (featuring the first Filipino-American family on t.v.), “Miranda” on the GLAAD award-nominated series, Take My Wife (Seeso/Starz), and she is most recognized for her role as “Dana Tomas” on NBC’s hit drama, Grimm (introducing the first Filipino-American storyline on primetime television).
As a producer, Tess created digital political comedy content for Fusion, including the viral sketch “Trumping Makeup Tutorial” with over 6 million views. Additionally, Tess’ satirical videos on her YouTube Channel — “Typecast” and “What If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers” — have also gone viral and were featured on: Glamour, BuzzFeed, Perez Hilton, Refinery29, NBC Asian America, MTV News, Jezebel, Slate, The Wrap, Angry Asian Man, and The A.V. Club. Tess Paras was a cast member and writer for the 2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase.
Tess performs monthly at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre with Quick & Funny Musicals, the Asian AF show and Filipino AF Show. She is also a faculty member at The Ruby. With a background in musical theatre, Tess has performed in multiple productions of Miss Saigon and was also a main stage cast member for Disney Cruise Line. She graduated magna cum laude from NYU.
Tess Paras is represented by Gersh (Talent & Literary) and Bradley Garrett, Esq at Cohen Gardner LLP.
2018 Acting Highlight Reel on Vimeo
Fast Company – June 2018 “The First Feminist Comedy Club Is Ready To Bring the Funny”
Variety – Nov. 2017 NBC Diversity Panel Coverage
Man Repeller – May 2017 The Making Of “Crazy Rich Asians” The Movie by Tess Paras