All Press Releases for April 27, 2017

Local Actress Shines On HBO This Week Opposite Oprah Winfrey, Rose Byrne

South Florida Native Jane Rumbaua Plays Dr. Susan Hsu In Critically Acclaimed Feature Film, 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks'

"I hope for more diversity in the casting process and wish to see more roles open to Asian Americans."

    JACKSONVILLE, FL, April 27, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- This past Sunday, April 22nd, the nation watched the true story of the HeLa Project unfold on HBO. In 'The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks', Oprah Winfrey brings to life the story of Henrietta and her family. Henrietta's cells are the origin for countless medical breakthroughs; however, her identity was secret for decades. In the film, Henrietta's daughter, played by Winfrey, forms an unlikely partnership with freelance journalist Rebecca Skloot, played by Rose Byrne. Together, they uncover the story of how project HeLa started and why the secrets were kept.

South Floridians may recognize the actress playing geneticist Dr. Susan Hsu. Jane Rumbaua, a native to Jacksonville and West Palm Beach, portrays Dr. Hsu in a role spanning several decades throughout the film. When asked what it was like to play such an important historical figure, Jane states,

"I was honored to be part of an important story that the world needed to know about. I felt responsible to bring out the truth of the character and the character's contribution to the story. Being directed by George C. Wolfe was a dream come true."

In addition to working with an incredible director and team, Jane was thrilled to be able to work alongside Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. Rumbaua, who has roles in several films and television shows, was also happy to work in Atlanta with talent from across the country.

In a film about the impact of disenfranchised minorities, Jane Rumbaua also has a positive story to share. She is one of few Filipina-American actresses to break out into the national spotlight. Rumbaua hopes that more roles will become available to Asian-American actors, especially those from the Philippines. When asked about her career goals, Jane shares,

"I hope for more diversity in the casting process and wish to see more roles open to Asian Americans. I would like to continue working in TV and Film in the Southeast and do my part to showcase the excellent talent we have here in the region."

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