John Smith suggested we take a look at the political advertisement above, which features the lovely Lisa Chan.
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This currently airing 30-second spot for Discover Card has actress Stephanie Hsu playing a dual role as a cardholder asking about her cashback bonus and as a rep explaining it to her.
Why did the producers of this ad hire one girl to play both roles? Were they too cheap to pay two actresses? Did they want viewers to think there are twins here like in that other Discover Card commercial (with Sinab and Meltem Gulturk)? Perhaps it has something to do with Discover Card’s ad slogan; “At Discover, we treat you like you’d treat you.” Maybe Stephanie can say for sure. Ask her on Twitter. Also see more of her at her IMDb page and her official website. You may have also caught Stephanie playing a not-too-concerned babysitter in another recent commercial for Nest smoke alarms. It’s wrong but funny.
The above 1981 TV commercial for L’eggs Sheer Elegance pantyhose (back when they came in the plastic “eggs”) features little-known actress and model, Helen Selby. Besides doing commercials for L’eggs (the one that aired the year after this one would probably be deemed even more racist by today’s media standards) and a few other products, she appeared in a 1988 episode of Cosby entitled “Bookworm” and then seems to have just disappeared from the public eye. She now resides in the “Whatever Happened to..? file.
The above 2009 commercial featuring Irianian-American actress Ursula Taherian is not for Shiny Suds bathroom cleaner. Shiny Suds doesn’t even exist. This is a faux commercial-within-a-commercial for Method’s safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning products. The fictitious Shiny Suds and its wonderfully-perverted bubbles are to illustrate Method’s message regarding the “dirty” and “dangerous” chemicals most household cleaning products contain and leave behind.
This ad was banned by many TV stations due to complaints over you-know-what by you-know-whom and was eventually pulled by Method for the same reason. To see more of Ursula (but not as much as the bubbles saw ….especially right after she dropped the loofa at the end), check out her official website.
(Note from the Doc: yes, the middle east apparently actually is part of Asia.)
This Thai commercial for Headmuns Security Pants has pretty Miss Ploy Nyam speaking of the dangers that concern many of today’s young women living in Thailand’s urban areas. However, she need not worry any longer, because Headmuns now offers a defense designed to ward off potential attacks, while also providing protection for the wearer’s “lady parts.” These security pants are guaranteed to thwart any would-be assailants by presenting them with something they didn’t expect to find their intended victim to be packing.
Then again ….since it is Thailand ….maybe it’s exactly what some would-be assailants would be expecting to find a young lady packing.
The song that accompanies this spot is “Lovely” by Audrianna Cole, and pleasantly offsets Miss Nyam’s monolog, which one viewer described as sounding like “a cat that’s fallen into a wood chipper.”
In this recent TV commercial for Moen’s motion-activated faucets, actress and dancer Jessica (who apparently works sans surname) demonstrates she can turn it on without even touching it.
The voice you hear doing the narration for this spot is that of actress Navi Rawat, who’s probably best-known for her roles in the US television dramas The O.C. and Numb3rs. However, readers here might be more interested in the fact she’s been featured in Maxium magazine and there’s at least one pretty decent fake nude photo of her floating around the net. Learn more about Navi at her official website. Jessica remains a mystery for now.
This currently-running TV commercial for Boost Mobile features Los Angeles-based actress and model Elizabeth Di Prinzio, as a girl getting her purse “snatched” by a do-gooding motorcycle passenger in the form of model and former BC Lions (of the CFL) cheerleader, Angela Fong. Also a former WWE Diva, Angela may be better-know by wrestling fans by her ring name, Savannah.
Despite a career that encompassed the Broadway stage, writing award-winning fiction, and lecturing at universities, Japanese-American actress Anne Miyamoto will be best remembered by most, for her role as the laundry owner’s wife who revealed her husband’s “ancient Chinese secret” in the above TV commercial for Calgon water softener.
Anne passed away in September of this year. Her obituary in the New York Times wouldn’t have been complete without mentioning the line spoken during the 30-second spot, that became one of the most iconic US TV commercial phrases of the 1970s. Just too bad she didn’t wait until after the customer left before telling her husband they needed more Calgon, thus saving him embarrassment.
Korean singer and actress Uee shows some retro dance moves in this recent commercial for Chum-Churum Cool soju. The 25 year-old siren is best known as a member of the girl group After School, but may be the next member of the group to “graduate” as she already has a solo single and a couple of acting awards under her belt. She’s currently a cast member of the SBS variety show Running Man and reality show Barefooted Friends.
For those interested; at around the 30-second mark, she says “Don’t you know the Cool Shot dance?” and the song she’s dancing to is “Chick Habit” by April March.
A familiar face on a recent commercial that aired on American television during the CBS evening News, caused me to do a double-take. The face was that of former Miss Korea Honey Lee, who’s featured in the above Korean-produced commercial for the laxative Dulcolax, that’s currently airing on network TV in the United States.
Reportedly, the commercial has been airing in Korea since February and Dulcolax made the decision to start airing it in the US, after a consumer survey yielded positive feedback, which isn’t hard to see why. Since her pageant days, the 2006 Miss Korea and 2007 Miss Universe third runner-up, has established herself as fairly prominent TV, stage, and screen actress in Korea. Here name in Korean is 이하늬 and Google is our friend.