It was all in the ‘ohana recently, on the set of CBS’ “NCIS: Hawai‘i,” when actor Kian Talan – who portrays Alex Tennant – had kin folks visiting here. And the family wound up as extras in a scene to be aired soon.
While Talan commonly argues with his on-air mom, Jane Tennant, portrayed by Vanessa Lachey, he was quite a family dude when his dad, mom and brother visited during the Christmas holidays.
Turns out that Talan’s family were huge fans of Lachey, who is part Filipino, as is Talan.
So the chance to witness and experience son’s work style – and being on camera even if only as background actors – was thrilling.
“They just play people who are walking around in the back but they got to see the entire process of how we create these episodes and they’re like fan-girling over Vanessa like, ‘Oh my God,’” Talan said to express.com.
“Filipinos are culturally big fans of other Filipinos in mainstream media, so they were like, ‘I need a picture, I’m sweating,’” said Talan.
‘Twas a Filipino pride moment for all.
He acknowledged a challenging growing up.
“I’m used to being stereotyped and judged,” he has been quoted. “I’m the son of two Filipino immigrants and grew up in a white, suburban town in New Hampshire. I didn’t need another reason for people to stare, so I always kept my my head down and never pushed myself to see what I could do.”
Relocating to New York gave him the freedom to get over past insecurities, “pushing me toward my acting dream.” …
Gigs to contemplate, over the next few days:
- Josh Tatofi has a four-night run, at 6:30 and 9 p.m. tomorrow through Wednesday (Feb. 13-16), at Blue Note Hawaii. A special Valentine’s dinner – prime rib surf and turf, with suggested wine pairings plus desserts keyed to V-Day – is available. Visit www.bluenotehawaii or call (808) 777-4890.
- Mike Love has two Blue Note gigs – an acoustic solo night Feb. 17 and a group encounter with The Full Circle Feb. 20. See above for reservations.
- Judy Collins will be featured Feb. 18 and 19 at Blue Note. See above for reservations.
- A Smooth Jazz concert is on tonight (8 p.m. Feb. 12) at the Hibiscus Ballroom of the Ala Moana Hotel. Featured: guitarist Peter White, keyboardist Gregg Karukas and saxophonist Michael Paulo. Visit TIX.com or call (951) 696-0184. …
- And that’s Show Biz. …