Tia Carrere Biography
Following this initial success, Carrere relocated to Los Angeles and, after working several months as a model, landed a first ever role in the U.S. TV series Airwolf in early 1985. Her first major break though was in the daytime soap opera General Hospital. She played the role of Jade Soong Chung from 1985 to 1987. She also had a guest appearance on The A-Team, which was supposed to lead to her joining the cast. Unfortunately, her General Hospital obligations prevented her from joining the team. Her character was dropped after one episode, and was never mentioned again.
She also made guest appearances on the shows MacGyver (“The Wish Child”) as a sexy karate instructor as well as a different assassin character in a later episode (“Murderer’s Sky”), on Anything But Love as the adopted daughter of Marty Gold (Richard Lewis), and Married… with Children as Piper Bauman, a rival of Kelly Bundy’s who attempted to steal a modeling job from her.
She is the eldest of three sisters and two half-sisters. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy school for girls, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the indie movie Aloha Summer (1988). Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson at age ten), Tia would continue her ascent in the acting world with a regular stint on “General Hospital” (1963) as “Jade Soong” and a string of co-starring roles on “MacGyver” (1985), “Quantum Leap” (1989) and Friday the 13th, among others. It wasn’t until her breakthrough role as “Cassandra” in the Wayne’s World films that Tia was able to showcase both her singing and acting chops.