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Classically trained and well-versed performer, Edelyn Okano has appeared in live theater and recurring roles for daytime, primetime and cable television. From an early age, Edelyn had a love of movies and music and was a classically trained soprano performing in musical theater productions beginning at the age of five. In her childhood hometown in British Columbia, Canada she became a member of the Bel Canto’s Children’s Choir at the age of seven.
As a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, she also was recently part of MAMMA MIA! with the East West Players in Los Angeles. EWP was thrilled to include “Mamma Mia!” as part of it’s 53rd anniversary season, “Culture Shock”. The unique production featured a diverse, Asian American led cast – challenging the perception of who is perceived as an American abroad and exploring the culture shock we often feel in our own families generationally. Immediately following “Mamma Mia” Edelyn joined the stellar cast of Hollywood Bowl’s Production of INTO THE WOODS playing Cinderella’s stepmother along with the amazing cast that includes; Sierra Boggess as Cinderella, Sutton Roster as Baker’s wife, Gaten Matarazzo as Jack, and the voice of Whoopi Goldberg as the Giant. The Hollywood Bowl was transformed into an enchanted world of magic beans, towering giants and handsome princes. Edelyn co-wrote and performed in JEREMY LIN, THE MUSICAL at the Zephyr Theater in addition to working with the Labyrinth Theater Company (which had former artistic director Philip Seymour Hoffman) at the Public.
On television, she has been a on many award-winning shows such as DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, GREY’S ANATOMY, HAND OF GOD, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, and JANE THE VIRGIN to name a few. Okano will also be seen in the upcoming, much-anticipated feature film THE WAY BACK starring Ben Affleck.
Edelyn is Filipino and Japanese descent and an advocate for diverse representation of Asians and Asian-Americans in mainstream media. Additionally, she is involved in charities for animals and women including the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Dress for Success, whose mission is to empower women to achieve financial independence and self-sufficiency