From Kauai to Hollywood, Siena Agudong takes aloha wherever she goes


HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Whether Siena Agudong is on digital camera or off, she by no means forgets her roots.

“I was born and raised here and my family is here,” the Kauai native stated. “I’ll always have Hawaii. I’ll never forget that, so just carrying with me the values and … just aloha, you know, you carry that to set and I don’t want to forget that everyone around me is family.”

Agudong, who turns 17 this month, began appearing on the age of seven and made her tv debut at 8. She has been on Disney, Nickelodeon and in films on the massive display screen. She just lately appeared as younger Mia in “F9: The Fast Saga.”

Agudong now performs a younger Billie Wesker in “Resident Evil” on Netflix — a far cry from her Disney and Nickelodeon days.

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“I think just getting a few years in with Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, I was able to learn the grounds of the film industry while also just having fun, you know, with everybody around you, and it’s just very lighthearted,” she stated. “And then moving on to something like ‘Resident Evil,’ where it’s constant onscreen, chaos and violence and emotional scenes, it’s very different, but you realize that all you really have to do is just let go of all control because that’s the only really way you can feel an emotional scene.”

Agudong described taking part in Billie Wesker in “Resident Evil” as “insane.”

“There really is nothing you can relate to when you’re, when you’re playing someone who’s so sick and so like violent and just like crazy outbursts,” she stated.

In truth, the position was so violent that she actually bit her costar.

“That made me so nervous from day one, because you can’t fake a bite,” she stated. “You actually have to bite that person. You know, you, you don’t wanna hurt them, but it’s a closeup shot and your teeth have to be in the marks, like in the prosthetic.”

She stated filming “Resident Evil” was general an excellent studying expertise. Production even took her to South Africa, which she described as humbling.

“I’m very lucky to live under a roof with a happy and full family, you know, that they don’t have a lot of that,” Agudong stated. “It’s extreme poverty and wealth, whatever wealth is to them.”

Even although she’s busy with tasks, she at all times makes time for journeys again to the islands. Whenever she returns to her hometown of Kauai, she heads straight to the seaside or goes on a hike. But most significantly, she makes positive she spends time together with her household.

She stated she has a number of extra tasks within the works — and plans to attend New York University within the fall.

In the newest episode of Island Beat, Agudong joined Billy V to share tales about rising up on Kauai, how her Disney and Nickelodeon days formed her appearing, what it was like filming “Resident Evil,” and all the things in between.

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