Actress Brenda Song grew up on the popular Disney Channel show, ‘The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,’ playing the role of London Tipton. She’s not from Hawaii, but Brenda Song was right at home while on Oahu to shoot a movie for Lifetime.
By Kerry Miller
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Had she not become an actress, Song says she’d be leading a life in academia. She had to be home-schooled during her years on Suite Life, but since then she’s enrolled in UC-Berkeley Internet courses, majoring in psychology and minoring in business.
“You know, I love school and I want to go back to college. I love psychology. I’d love to go and just take classes for fun.I’d love to someday speak French because I’m horrible (at it). I did it once in high school for a year, and I don’t remember anything. Maybe I’ll get it the second time around,” she laughs.“I hope to go to Pepperdine or even just take classes at a community college. You just take the opportunity where you can get it.”
Whether it’s acting or academics, Song’s positive, hard-working attitude is sure to take her places. She attributes her success to being surrounded by the right people since the beginning of her career. At age 4, Song was noticed by a modeling agency that, it turned out later, wasn’t a legitimate operation. However, that short-lived experience didn’t deter her.
“We didn’t have any money back then, and I got really, really sick, and I hate cold medicine. So I told my parents,‘if you guys let me go to this modeling school I’ll take this medicine.’ They were like, ‘yeah, yeah sure, go ahead, yeah we’ll take you, drink the medicine.’ I drank it and they realized they had to take me. I went to the school and it was not legit at all, but, you know, I was very fortunate. I’ve always got pushed in the right direction, I’ve always met the right people. And I’m here in Hawaii, so it can’t be wrong,” she says.
Being pushed in that right direction has brought Song to a pretty good place in life. She takes her image seriously, especially when it comes to being a role model for younger generations.
“I try to set a good example for my brothers and my cousins, and do things that I can be proud of. It’s the way that I’ve always said that I want to live my life. For me I just want to make good choices that I can look back on and say I’m glad I did that,” reveals Song.
“It’s really unfortunate that we can see that some kids our age now aren’t really thinking, and it’s really scary because I don’t want my little brothers and my little cousins to look up to that. So all I can do is try to set the best example I can.”
So, what does the future hold for this bright young talent? Well, Song says she’s excited for whatever comes her way.
“I really love to work, whichever way the wind blows, I mean, always keep my options open. Disney’s been very good to me. I just hope that I’m working and thatI’m a little bit older and a little bit wiser, hopefully. Let’s cross our fingers.”
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