Lalaine Ann Vergara-Paras (born June 3, 1987 in Burbank, California), also known as Lalaine, is an American actress, singer and spokesperson.
She is of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish descent. In an interview, she stated, "People ask me, 'Are you Spanish?' … "I say I have Spanish in me but I'm not just Spanish. I'm proud of my ethnicities and I will always be proud of being a Filipino".
Lalaine was arrested in July 2007 and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. She has pled guilty to the crystal meth charge, but her record will be expunged when she completes a drug-treatment program.
Lalaine is normally credited by her first name only. She is commonly known for playing the best friend, Miranda Sanchez on Disney Channel's Lizzie McGuire, alongside Hilary Duff. She reprised this role on the pilot of a spin-off series What's Stevie Thinking? about Miranda's younger sister, but this did not air in 2005 as originally expected and was scrapped. Lalaine's acting career began when she was cast in the Broadway production of Les Miserables in the roles of Young Cosette and Eponine.
Lalaine's voice has been used for many movies, including Inspector Gadget and Lolita. She also played orphan "Kate" in the Wonderful World of Disney ABC-TV version of the movie Annie. She starred alongside AJ Trauth in the Disney Channel movie You Wish! as "Abby." Lalaine portrayed "Chloe", a young Slayer-In-Training who commits suicide, on the TV-Series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When the First Evil assumes her form, Lalaine plays the malevolent force.
In 2004, Lalaine went to Philippines and made guest appearances on the GMA Network including the SOP Gigsters. She began hosting her own Filipino travel show Flipside, where she travels around the islands. She also promoted GMA Pinoy TV in San Francisco, California in 2005.
|Year||Film/ TV show||Role||Notes|
|Border Line||Theresa||TV movie|
|2001–2004||Lizzie McGuire||Miranda Sanchez||Disney Channel original series|
|2001–2006||Express Yourself||Herself||Disney Channel short series|
|2003||You Wish!||Abby||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Chloe/The First Evil||2 Episodes|
|2004||The Buzz||Herself||Talk Show|
|2005||SOP Gigsters||Herself||Musical Variety Show|
|ASAP Fanatic||Herself||Musical Variety Show|
|Lagot ka... isusumbong kita||Lalaine||1 episode|
|2007||What's Stevie Thinking?||Miranda Sanchez||Unaired Lizzie McGuire spin-off|
|Her Best Move||Tutti||Distributed by Summertime Films|
In 2003, Lalaine released her independent album, Inside Story. Lalaine wrote six songs on the album, including "Life Is Good", "Can't Stop", and "Save Myself". She worked with Radio Disney, performing her songs in Southern California, and went to Hawaii with Disney's Imagineers.
She signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records and performed on the last episode of All That. In 2005, she released a single, "I'm Not Your Girl" and remixed the song "Cruella DeVil" for the album DisneyMania 3.
Songs from her unreleased album Haunted are publicly available—"I'm Not Your Girl" and "Did You Hear About Us?" were included on a physical single, and "Haunted", "Real Life", "No More", "Doing Just Fine",and "More Than Words Can Say" leaked onto the internet.
- 2003: Inside Story
- 2004: Haunted
- Always Too Good To Be True
- My Jam
- This Wont Hurt A Bit
|U.S. Hot||U.S. Pop||Hot Singles Sales|
|2003||"You Wish!"||Inside Story||—||—||—|
|2005||"Cruella De Vil"||DisneyMania 3||80||68||—|
|"I'm Not Your Girl"||-||—||—||21|
Awards and nominations
|2000||Young Artist Award||Young Artist Award For Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie - Young Ensemble||Kate in Annie||Nominated|
|2002||Young Artist Award||Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)||Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuire||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress|
|2003||Imagen Award||Best Supporting Actress in Television||Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuire||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)||Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuire||Nominated|