Joanna Bacalso

Joanna Bacalso is a Filipino Canadian television and movie actress and former model. She married Matthew Garel.[1]

Joanna Bacalso
Joanna Bacalso

Other namesJoanna
  • Actress
  • model
Spouse(s)Matthew Garel

Early lifeEdit

Bacalso was born in Cebu, Philippines, and moved to Toronto, Ontario with her two younger brothers when she was eight years old.[2][1]


Represented by Ford Models,[citation needed] her modeling work included both print and runway for clients, including Tommy Hilfiger and Banana Republic. Bacalso transitioned from a modeling career into film and television. Her television credits include guest starring appearances on the series The Jamie Foxx Show, La Femme Nikita, Veronica's Closet, and Wish You Were Here, alongside Dave Chappelle.

Bacalso played a recurring role on the series by CBS, The District, and a multiple episode supporting role on the series Ally McBeal. Bacalso made her feature film debut in the comedy by Orion Pictures, Car 54, Where Are You? featuring Rosie O'Donnell and Fran Drescher. Bacalso appeared in the feature films Bedazzled and Dude, Where's My Car?.[1] She is most well known for her role as Barb in Disney's Snow Dogs featuring Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Coburn.[2] She also starred in the movie Half Baked.



Year Title Role
1994 Car 54, Where Are You? Beautiful Woman
1995 No Contest Malou, Miss Philippines
1998 Half Baked Henchwoman
1998 Sanctuary Kelly Kwon
1998 Woo Stunning Woman
1998 Short for Nothing Timea
2000 Bedazzled DV8 Clubgoer
2000 Dude, Where's My Car Bartender
2001 Gangland Aniko
2002 Snow Dogs Barb
2004 My Baby's Daddy Nia
2007 Bad Girl Island Sherry Pace
2020 Vide Noir Frankie Lou


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Briana/Angel Season 2 Episode 25, A More Permanent Hell, (CBS)/Season 3 Episode 1, Black Buddha Part 2, (CBS)
1997 La Femme Nikita Woman Friend Season 1 Episode 21, Verdict, (USA)
1998 Veronica's Closet Kari Season 1 Episode 20, Veronica's All Nighter (NBC)
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Joanna Kennedy Two Episodes, (WB)
1999 PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal Ari'ana Season 4 Episode 9, Inertia (Syndication)
1999 Das Traumschiff Cora Stiller Season 1 Episode 24, Tahiti (ZDF)
2000 The District Pumpkin/Poo Kim Season 1 Episode 6, How They Lived (CBS)/Season 1 Episode 8, The Jackal (CBS)
2000–01 Son of the Beach Firebush Two Episodes, (FX)
2011 Lost Girl Female Contender Season 2 Episode 2, I Fought the Fae, and the Fae Won (SyFy)
2011 The Ron James Show Season 3 Episode 4, Math Problem (CBC)
2015 Pun Plip Pridays on Kababayan Today Sketch Comedian Season 1 Episode 7
2019 SEAL Team Christine Four Episodes (CBS)


  1. ^ a b c "Update on Joanna Bacalso". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 27 April 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Joanna Bacalso comes home to keep grounded". Daily Mercury. 10 January 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2010.

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