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Born and raised in Chicagoland, with family roots in Los Angeles, CA, Marissa's onscreen characters include a supporting comedic role in the NETFLIX action-comedy film THE SLEEPOVER; a "witch" meeting the legendary trio in the DISNEY+ comedy sequel HOCUS POCUS 2, and an overwhelmed director in the popular "Krafty Kid" national commercial with Ryan Reynolds.

In addition to appearing in upcoming feature films, Marissa has also written and/or produced several short films that have screened at festivals throughout the US.  And, she produced the acclaimed English-language World Premiere of Yukio Mishima's play THE LIGHTHOUSE in Provincetown, MA.

As a writer, she currently has two feature film projects in development, both of which incorporate themes of intersectional feminism, identity politics and representation within American institutions.  Ultimately, they are stories about the ways in which people can still hurt each other despite having the best of intentions...

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Very much that music theater kid growing up, she studied Mathematics at NYU while auditing acting classes at Tisch. 


After graduating, she underwent her professional acting training with Terry Knickerbocker at the William Esper Studio while working to build the North American office of a global environmental NGO.  She also studied with the legendary Bill Esper in his Master Acting Class and sharpened her on-camera work with the brilliant Bob Krakower.


She has since earned numerous roles in film & TV and has also enjoyed the stage, having originated a role in the play FALSE STARS, which the NY Times reviewed positively.  She has workshopped new stage works for Obie Award-winning company Peculiar Works Project, the American Opera Project, The Tank NYC, NYTW, More Más Marami Arts, and more.

She continues to train with NYC acting coach Heidi Marshall, while learning French (and subsequently mixing up words with her Spanish and Tagalog), memorizing all the works of Philip Glass on the piano, dancing for fun in ballet and heels classes, volunteering with a wonderful organization that empowers Asian American youth through storytelling and arts, and watching a LOT of movies & shows... suggestions welcome! 

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"Good looking people who are also very silly are my favorites." - a very funny guy

"...a beautifully resonant voice, exudes authority and femininity." - a very British guy

"... [has] a weird talent for saying the most horrible things in the nicest way possible.  I'm writing more lines for [her]." - a very talented playwright

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