Actor. Writer. Director.



Tess Paras

Tess Paras is an actress, writer, and comedian based in Los Angeles. She recurs as “Erin” on the Amazon Studios’ series, Just Add Magic and as “Jayma Chan” on the CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend. She is most recognized for her role as “Dana Tomas” on NBC’s hit drama, Grimm which introduced the first Filipino-American storyline on primetime television. In 2018, she starred in the pilot presentation “She Said Yes!” opposite Margaret Cho and played a lead role in the NBC/Above Average digital series Kappa Delta Krypto. Other notable TV credits include: Take My Wife, Girl Meets World, White Collar, Mulaney, Wilfred, Weeds, and The Good Wife.

Tess wrote, directed, and starred in the short film The Patients, which had a sold-out world premiere at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. She produced political comedy for F-Comedy (Fusion’s Digital Comedy Studio), including the viral sketch “Trumping Makeup Tutorial” with over 6 million views. Her YouTube comedy sketches — “Typecast”and “What If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers” — have also gone viral and were featured on: Glamour, Refinery29, NBC Asian America, MTV News, Slate, and The Wrap. She is currently the Associate Director for the CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase after participating in the program as a performer and writer in 2014. Tess performs in various shows at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, including: Quick & Funny Musicals, Asian AF, and Filipino AF. @tessparas (Twitter/Instagram)




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