Hey, I'm Tess!

Los Angeles, California

Tess Paras recurs as “Erin” on the forthcoming season of the Amazon Studios’ series, Just Add Magic and as “Jayma Chan” on the CW’s Crazy-Ex Girlfriend (featuring the first Filipino-American family on primetime television). She is most recognized for her role as “Dana Tomas” on NBC’s hit drama, Grimm (introducing the first Filipino-American storyline on primetime television). Other notable TV credits include: Girl Meets World, White Collar, Mulaney, Wilfred, Weeds, and The Good Wife. Tess just wrapped a pilot presentation for YouTube Red entitled, “She Said Yes!” in the lead role opposite Margaret Cho. She will also be seen in the upcoming independent feature, Blackout.


As a comedy writer, her viral videos - "Trumping Makeup Tutorial" (over 3 million combined views on Facebook and YouTube), “Typecast” and “What If Catcalls Were Cheeseburgers?” - were featured on: Glamour.com, Perez Hilton, Refinery29, NBC Asian America, MTV News, Jezebel, Buzzfeed, Slate, The Wrap, Angry Asian Man, and The A.V. Club. Tess was a cast member in the 2014 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase and performs regularly with Quick and Funny Musicals! and the Asian AF Show at The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre in Los Angeles. She graduated magna cum laude from New York University.


Tess Paras  is represented by Gersh (Talent & Literary).

Instagram/Twitter @tessparas

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

The Patients

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Drama, Family

How do you explain #MeToo to your immigrant parents? The Patients tells the story of a loving, yet lukewarm family learning to heal together


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Don't Ever Let Go

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Animation, Drama

Mia and her brother Alex find a powerful stone that thrusts them into different paths while bringing them closer then they've ever been.


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Miami, Florida Film Feature

A journey into the tropically surreal identities of Miami's favorite hyphenated American musical duo, Afrobeta.


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What She Said

Flint Hill, Virginia Film Feature
Drama, Family

Sam's sure the best way to face her trauma is alone on her family's farm. Her brother's sure she's wrong. A Thanksgiving intervention movie.


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The Right Swipe

Chicago, Illinois Series
Comedy, Romantic Comedy

When two best friends start a business fixing men's dating app profiles, how much will they f**k up their own love lives in the process?


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New York City, New York Film Short

After a recent personal loss, one woman's grief turns to obsession as she searches for clues about missing children in a national forest.


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Ashley's Story

Watsonville, California Film Short
Documentary, Teen

Set in the strawberry farming community of Watsonville, CA, Ashley Solis–Mexican-American teenager, strawberry picker, and


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Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Musical

A short comedy about a serious subject.


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Cherry Picking

Los Angeles, California Film Short
Comedy, Drama

A bride questions if waiting until marriage to have sex was the right choice, voicing concern to her very sexually active female cousins.


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Messy The Web Series

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Romance

A web series about love, marriage, separation, kids, and dating all under one happy roof! I swear this will not make you cry!


This project got the green light!

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