Vanessa Bontea is an Asian-American actress with an international background: she's half Chinese and Hungarian. Yet, her ethnically ambigous features have her playing many other ethnic roles, other than Asian or Caucasian. Vanessa has played a wide range of characters on stage ranging from a Pakistani 7-eleven shop keeper "Pakeezah" in Eric Bogosian's Surburbia to urban trash talker "Saint Monica" in Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Vanessa's passion for acting began at a very young age. She started acting at the age of 4, after being discovered in an elevator in Singapore. From then on, she spent the next five years in Singapore modeling, acting in local TV programs and movies, where her early successes fueled the path she would continue on today.
Upon graduating Queens College with a B.A in Drama/Theatre, Media Studies and English, Vanessa now currently studies at T.Schreiber Studios. She also works closely with a non-profit theatre company, Benefit of the Doubt, who produces seasonal plays and shorts in New York City.
More recently, Vanessa has turned her attention to film and TV. She wants to be a good representative for the Asian-American community as well as other women that hail from dual-cultures.
Currently, Vanessa is training for and filming a martial arts action film titled "Ikenhisu II" set to release in early 2013, with previews as early as end of 2012. And, another action TV series titled "S.E.A.L.S" commences filming shortly this year.
Name: Vanessa Bontea
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Actor and Host/presenter