Lalaine Vergara-Paras (born June 3, 1987), additionally known as Lalaine, is an American actress, singer-songwriter and writer of Filipino descent. She is perhaps best known for her role as Miranda Sanchez in the Disney Channel series Lizzie McGuire, which aired from 2001 to 2004. [1]

 

 

Early life

Lalaine Vergara Paras was born in Burbank, California to Filipino parents; her mother, Lilia Vergara Paras is originally from Batangas, and her father from Pampanga. She has three older siblings; Marian, Francisco and Cristina. She spent most of her early years in Burbank and Sherman Oaks, CA, then joined the Broadway National Touring cast of Les Misérables as Little Cosette. After the tour Lalaine and her mother resided in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Career

Acting career

Lalaine is normally credited by her first name only. She is commonly known for playing Lizzie's best friend, Miranda 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 didn't air in 2005 as originally expected and was scrapped.

Lalaine's acting career began when she was cast in the Broadway production of Les Misérables in the roles of Young Cosette and Eponine.

She additionally played orphan "Kate" in the Wonderful World of Disney ABC-TV version of the movie Annie. She starred alongside A.J. Trauth and Spencer Breslin in the Disney Channel original film You Wish! as Abby. Lalaine portrayed "Chloe", a young Slayer-In-Training who commits suicide, on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

Lizzie McGuire

Lalaine auditioned for the part of Miranda Sanchez in the Situation Comedy even though they didn't have a laugh track. She portrayed a person who out her three best friends who was self- conscious. Lalaine received $80,000 a episode and her co- star Hilary Duff reportedly got $90,000 a episode and Adam Lamberg their additional co- star got approximately $75,000 an episode.

Lalaine told Seventeen Magazine "We were friends and we still are friends but we aren't best friends like who we portray on TV."

Lalaine left "Lizzie McGuire" to work on additional projects. Lalaine declined to reprise her role as Miranda in "The Lizzie McGuire Movie" in an effort to focus on music.

Music career

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 performed on the last episode of All That. In 2005, she released a single, "I'm Not Your Girl" and remade the song "Cruella DeVil" for the album DisneyMania 3.

She played bass guitar in the band Vanity Theft from April 2010 to January 2011.

In 2011, Lalaine sang on the song "Different" as part of the "Artists Against Hate".

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999BorderlineTheresaTelevision film
1999AnnieKateTelevision film
2003You Wish!Abby RamirezDisney Channel Original Movie
2001–04Lizzie McGuireMiranda SanchezDisney Channel Original Series; 59 episodes
2001–05Express YourselfHerselfSeries of short segments shown on Disney Channel
2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerChloe/First Evil3 episodes
2005Disney 411Herself1 episodes
2005All ThatHerself1 episode (final episode)
2006FlipsideHerself/HostLalaine's adventure in the Philippines
2007What's Stevie Thinking?Miranda SanchezUnsold television pilot


Albums Discography

AlbumReleased
Inside Story2003

EPs

EPReleased
Haunted2004

Singles

YearTitleAlbumChart positions
U.S. HotU.S. PopHot Singles Sales
2003"You Wish!"Inside Story
2005"Cruella De Vil"DisneyMania 3
"I'm Not Your Girl"21

Other Songs

  • If You Wanna Rock- Pixel Perfect
  • Did You Hear About Us?- B-side of "I'm Not Your Girl"

Leaked Songs

  • Real Life
  • No More
  • Doing Just Fine
  • More Than Words Can Say
  • My Jam
  • Always Too Good To Be True
  • This Wont Hurt A Bit
  • Hide

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRoleResult
2000Young Artist AwardYoung Artist Award For Best Performance in a Feature Film or TV Movie – Young EnsembleKate in AnnieNominated
2002Young Artist AwardBest Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuireNominated
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young ActressWon
2003Imagen AwardBest Supporting Actress in TelevisionMiranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuireNominated
Young Artist AwardBest Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)Miranda Sanchez in Lizzie McGuireNominated