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Brenda Song is an American actress, singer, film producer and model who portrayed Alissa in seasons one and two of ABC's Scandal.

Personal Background

Her father is Hmong Chinese and her mother is Thai-American. She along with her parents, and younger brothers Timmy & Nathan live in a suburb of Los Angeles.

While growing up, she wanted to take ballet lessons, but her mother refused and put her in taekwondo with her brothers where although she hated the idea of fighting, ironically she loved it so much that she earned a black belt, and was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade.

She started being home-schooled in the fourth grade and earned her high school diploma at the age of 16. She studied Business while in college at a community college and took online courses from the University of Berkeley, with a major in psychology and a minor in business. Brenda participated in the 13th Annual Race to Erase M.S. charity event by modeling clothes. She was the celebrity endorser of Disney Cruise Lines in 2010 and also became the spokesperson of the clothing brand Op in 2011.

Brenda has been described as one of “young Hollywood’s most promising rising stars” and a “young phenomenon on the rise” by media outlets.

Career Background

She is best known for her role as London Tipton, the hotel owner's spoiled daughter, in the Disney Channel's sitcom The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005). Brenda has become a familiar face to Disney Channel viewers.

Brenda started in show business as a child fashion model in San Francisco after being spotted in a shopping mall by an agent from a modeling school. Her early television work included roles in the TV show Fudge (1995) and in Nickelodeon’s 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd (1999). After many commercials and television roles in the late 1990s, Brenda won a Young Artist Award for her performance in The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000). She made her screen debut in Santa with Muscles (1996) and appeared in Fox’s Like Mike (2002).

Before beginning production on the new series, she had a recurring role as the hip and trendy Tia on Phil of the Future (2004). She also starred in the top-rated Disney Channel Original movies Stuck in the Suburbs (2004), the mystery Get a Clue (2002) alongside with Lindsay Lohan, and The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000) with Hallee Hirsh and Spencer Breslin.


  • She holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
  • She speaks Hmong and Thai.
  • Her mother is a homemaker and her father is a second-grade-teacher.
  • Her favorite kind of music is rock.
  • Participated in the 13th Annual Race to Erase M.S. charity event by modeling clothes.
  • Brenda was team captain for three summers in a row in the Disney Channel Games.


→ See and enjoy 8 pictures of Brenda Song at Images of Brenda Song.

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