Lilan Bowden is a famed biracial actress whose talent, persistence, big passion, and drive have paid off. Once a shy child with the big Hollywood dream, Bowden has metamorphosed into a successful Hapa actor who proudly wears her cultural identity. Though Lilan’s theatrical talents and a good sense of humor were evident from an early age, she nonetheless took the rocky path to fame after being pigeon-holed for quite a while. Besides just expressing art on TV, Bowden who loves sketch comedy, improv, and imaginary TV shows, continues to create her own content in showbiz. More so, she is one of those paving the path for so many aspiring Hapa actors in the ever competitive industry. Read on to explore more interesting facts about the beautiful actress and comedian…
Lilan Bowden Bio (Age, Ethnicity)
A Cali girl, Lilan Bowden was born on the 1st of September 1985. She and her younger brother Jason were born and raised in Castro Valley, California. Lilan graduated from Castro Valley High School in the year 2002 and then proceeded to the University of California.
Lilan Bowden is of mixed ethnicity as her father is American and her mother Taiwanese. Growing up, there was a constant struggle to fit in as the Asian–American was made to believe that she wasn’t ‘Asian’ or ‘white’ enough. Moreover, her journey into Hollywood wasn’t any easier. She first started being pigeon-holed in certain things as her mixed ethnicity only earned her minor roles rather than the desired and good roles.
But in her later years, Lilan who initially felt frustrated and NOT ‘totally American’ learned from her past experiences and applied them in her acting. Noticing that there are not so many mixed families represented on television, Bowden realized that fitting into such roles could be an advantage for her in the industry.
While some of her kind may have chosen to see the slang ‘Hapa’ (a Hawaiian term for those who are mixed with an Asian ethnicity and any other ethnicity) as derogatory, Bowden totally embraced her identity and proudly identifies with it.
Of course, it wasn’t easy finding a role that is presumably custom-tailored to her identity as a biracial actor until her big break came in 2017 with the comedy series Andi Mack. Bowden now proudly and totally identifies herself as a Hapa on Disney Channel.
Endowed with a good sense of humor, Bowden began exhibiting theatrical talents from a young age and was an active part of her high school’s improv and comedy clubs.
In pursuit of her Hollywood dreams in Los Angeles, Bowden began her career by writing and performing sketch comedies as well as regular performances at the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) comedy theatre. She is an integral part of the sketch group ‘Lilan and Wilder’.
Lilan Bowden is famed for her lead role as the independent and carefree Rebecca ‘Bex’ Mack in Disney Channel’s family-based comedy series Andi Mack. In the TV show which chronicles the interesting life of Andi a middle school student, Bowden portrays the character of a young mom trying to figure out unplanned pregnancy and motherhood.
With an interesting twist, the comedy-drama series initially portrayed Bex as Andi’s older sister but later wowed viewers with the revelation that she is, in fact, her mother. If the reviews are anything to go by, Bowden has arguably hit the jackpot with the Disney series and established a name for herself in the industry.
Prior to her big break, the actress and comedian who has been in showbiz since 2007, has featured in several other projects. Bowden’s filmography shows a prevalence in TV series and short films. Notably, some of her TV features include Gullible Gil, Suburgatory, Parks and Recreation, The Pete Holmes Show, Gay of Thrones, and much more. Some of the films to her credit include Zombie Apocalypse (2011) Falling Flat (2015), and the 2018 action–comedy The Odd Essay, amongst others.
Lilan Bowden may not be one of your tallest favorite celebrities nor the shortest. The brown-haired actress stands at an average height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.7 meters) and weighs 55 kg (121 lbs). Her body measurements are bust – 32 inches, waist – 25 inches, and hips – 34 inches.
Boyfriend, Is She Dating Anyone?
While Bowden keeps details of her professional life open, she prefers to conceal that of her personal and love life. Given that there are no records of her past relationships nor a current romance, it is safe to say that the beautiful Hapa actor is single and ready to mingle.