ShoPowSho Episode 032: Actor, Alain Uy of ‘The Paper Tigers’

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Episode 032: We welcome Actor, Alain Uy, star of The Paper Tigers that premieres today in Theaters and On Demand! Alain is a multi-talented Filipino actor, writer, producer, and director with credits on Helstrom, True Detective, The Passage, ER, Veronica Mars, Parenthood, Monk, and more!

ShoPowSho explores FilipinX history and culture along with spotlighting and featuring FilipinX throughout various fields of industry to showcase the amazing contributions FilipinX have provided to our world! Please join me, Kuya P, and my wonderful co-hosts, or as I like to affectionately call them, “The Amazing Ates”: Kataphorric and Viva Valentina!


Alain Uy at the FOX’s ‘The Passage’ Los Angeles Premiere held at The Broad Stage on January 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, CA, USA (Photo by JC Olivera/Sipa USA) (Newscom TagID: sipaphotoseight978102.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]


BIO: From bringing diverse and dynamic characters to life on screen, to flexing his entrepreneurial spirit through his production company Them Too, multi hyphenate actor, director, producer, and writer Alain Uy has become “one to watch” in the entertainment industry, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

This year, Alain can be seen starring in Hulu/Marvel’s thriller-drama series Helstrom opposite Sydney Lemmon and Tom Austen. The show follows Daimon (Austen) and Ana Helstrom (Lemmon), the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity. Alain is a scene stealer as Chris Yen, Ana Helstrom’s confidant, business partner, and right hand man. Helstrom is the first series in Marvel Television’s Adventure into Fear franchise, and premiered on October 16, 2020.

On the film front, Alain can next be seen starring in the indie action/comedy feature The Paper Tigers. Written, directed, and produced by filmmaker on the rise Bao Tran, The Paper Tigers tells the story of three Kung Fu prodigies: Danny (Uy), Hing (Ron Yuan), and Jim (Mykel Shannon Jenkins) who have grown up into washed up, middle aged men who are just one kick away from pulling their hamstrings. When their master is murdered, they must juggle their dead-end jobs, dad duties, and old grudges to avenge his death.

Born in Dagupan City, Philippines and originally from Chinese-Filipino decent, Alain moved to Los Angeles at six years old with his parents and four siblings. Growing up, he had an innate love for the arts. Alain trained to be a professional dancer in high school until his dance career was halted when he fractured his hips in a car accident, and could not walk for over six months. While in recovery, he began to explore other facets of the entertainment business, which led him to the study abroad program at Oxford University in the UK. There, Alain immersed himself in theatre, and when he returned to the states he began his professional career as an actor.

Additional television credits for Alain include: HBO’s “True Detective,” FOX’s “The Passage,” “Grimm,” “Pure Genius,” “The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” and Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show,” to name a few.

Aside from his acting career, Alain is the Founder and creative force behind Los Angeles based production company, Them Too. Birthed during the financial crisis of 2008, Alain harnessed his desire to expand his entrepreneurial side while producing and directing, through the company. Since its inception, Them Too has produced content for A list musical acts including: The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Avicii, DeadMau5, and Calvin Harris. Alain has directed new media profiles, live events, and short docs for Pharell Williams, Questlove, Jay Z, Kanye, Drake, Travis Scott, Rev Run and comedian Jo Koy for Comedy Central. Them Too has also created short form commercial narratives for established brands such as Perrier Jouet, Adidas, Levi’s, Stussy, MGM, and Aria. In 2017 Them Too launched into fictional narrative content with the award winning comedy short “Companion,” which won Best Director (Matt Ferrucci) and Best Comedy TV Series at ITVFest. Alain and Them Too currently have a handful of projects in development, in the scripted film/television space.

When he isn’t on set, you can find Alain spending time with his family, learning to skateboard (with his son) or watching his favorite basketball team play: The Los Angeles Lakers. He also enjoys spending time playing music (trumpet, piano, and guitar) and dancing – he continues to take jazz and contemporary classes for fun. He is also a self-proclaimed gamer, his favorite games are NBA2K, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends (which he is determined to be amazing at). Alain is also multilingual, speaking: English, Tagalog, Pangasinan, and Mandarin.


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