LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2014) – Actress REN HANAMI debates an important subject on an all-new episode of the acclaimed NBC drama series, “PARENTHOOD,” scheduled to air on January 23, 2014.
“Parenthood” follows the ups-and-downs of the Braverman clan, consisting of an aging couple and their four adult children, who face the challenges of raising their own families. In the episode “You’ve Got Mold,” Hanami steps in as a school teacher engaged in an impassioned discussion with Kristina Braverman (Monica Potter) and another parent about the crucial decision of whether or not to mainstream a functioning autistic child.
Hanami was thrilled at the opportunity to be involved in such a relevant show, adding, “This is an important topic for me as a former substitute teacher and someone very passionate about kids and education. It seems ‘special’ kids are often the victims of exclusion and bullying, something I hope to be a part of stopping with my own project, ‘Ninja Mom.”
In addition, Hanami has just headed back to the recording booth once again for the third season of the high-anticipated online audio drama, “The Katniss Chronicles: Part III.” Based on the hugely popular bestselling book, “The Hunger Games,” Hanami joined the fan-favorite series during season two to voice multiple characters, including Capitol Citizen #3, Officer Geld, Wiress Zurn, Mags and a surprise guest from ‘Mockingjay’.
Hanami has also been hard at work behind the camera lately, writing and developing the original trilogy of live-action feature films, “Ninja Mom.” This family friendly project will star Hanami as an action hero alongside acclaimed actor, Noah Wyle (best known for starring in the award-winning TV show “E.R.”). She recently joined the Creative Lab Writers Accelerator program at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) to further develop the project and was also hand-picked to moderate the SAG-AFTRA Business of Acting Workshop as part of the festival’s Creative Lab for Acting.
Heading to the stage in March, Hanami will appear in the world premiere of the original musical, “Cinnamon Girl,” at the Greenway Court Theatre. Presented by Playwrights’ Arena, the production comes from the award-winning team: playwright Velina Hasu Houston, composer Nathan Wang and director Jon Lawrence Rivera. This period drama set in 1937 Ceylon (Sri Lanka), chronicles a young cinnamon peeler’s flee from the plantation to embark on an odyssey in which she discovers life and herself.
Hanami has built a solid reputation in the industry by portraying a variety of characters. Her television credits include appearances on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Southland,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Private Practice,” and “ER” among others. She also emerged as an FBI Profiler in the Lifetime original movie “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer,” starring veteran actor Michael Nouri (“Flashdance”); and made several appearances on the popular daytime dramas, “The Young and the Restless” and “General Hospital.” In addition, Hanami can currently be seen in an ad campaign for Kaiser Permanente in California and Hawaii and she continues to be the longtime spokesperson for AAA Hawaii.
A Huntington Beach, CA native, Hanami was predominantly influenced by her Hawaiian/Japanese Mother. Proud of her heritage, she currently sits as the National Chairman of the SAG-AFTRA Asian Pacific American Media Committee, which offers moral support and a forum where diverse voices can be heard.
Ren Hanami is represented by The David Moss Company.
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