After five years of patience, fans finally learned about Disney’s Lilo & Stitch cast in 2023 and some weren’t so happy about Sydney Agudong being cast as “Nani.” They wished for the character to be portrayed by someone with a darker skin tone, preferably Hawaiian.
But Sydney infact has Hawaiian roots! Learn more about her ethnicity, nationality, and more as this article proceeds.
What Is Sydney Agudong Ethnicity?
Sydney Agudong flaunts Hawaiian and Filipino ethnicity. Her mother hails from Kapaa, Hawaii and her dad is from the Philippines.
Infact, her mother also inherits English, German, Irish, and Scottish roots while her father has Filipino and Polynesian blood running within him.
To delve deeper, Sydney’s paternal grandparents were named Luciano Balisacan Agudong and Solina Asuncion (born in born in Ilocos Norte, Philippines). And her maternal grandparents were Douglas Wister Ligon and Ellen Elizabeth Finks.
So, since Sydney’s mostly Hawaiian, there wasn’t a need for fans to ask for a “Hawaiian” actor for the role. “Bro why are people mad about this, Sydney Agudong is Hawaiian, I understand the casting choice could have been closer to Nani’s actual appearance but- they’re literally from the right place?” a fan spoke in her support.
Another wrote, “Sydney Agudong is of Hawaiian ancestry, so there’s no actual issue with her playing Nani in my view. It’s that simple. There’s bound to be controversy around the color of her skin, but she doesn’t deserve to get heat for being cast in a role that’s tied to her heritage.”
However, a few were still disappointed with her skin tone comparing it to Nani’s animated character.
Nevertheless, Sydney was all prepped up to play her part and we’re sure she’ll do justice to her character “Nani,” Lilo’s elder sister and legal guardian.
Did you know: The role of “Nani” was voiced by Tia Carrere in the original animated film.
What Is Sydney Agudong Nationality?
Sydney Agudong flaunts Hawaiian nationality. She was born and raised in Kauai, Hawaii.
However, in 2018, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her passion for acting and singing. Thereafter, she appeared as “Skylar” in the 2021 short comedy Turning the Tide, “Jasmine” in West Michigan (2021), “Riley” in Cool, Awesome, and Desirable (2021), “Charlize” in On My Block (2021), “Sara Sanders” in Find Millie Martin (2022), “Karina” in Infamously in Love, and “Kelly” in NCIS (2023).
In addition to this, Sydney was also working with FR8 Train Music Publishing, a publishing company founded under Westlake Studios, as a top-liner/songwriter for sync and other artists, She even released her debut original song in 2022 “Welcome to Hollywood” under the moniker “Jayne Doe.”
The last we checked, she was represented by Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier, Youth and Young Adults, and Trilogy Talent in CA and by Kathy Muller Talent and Modeling Agency in Hawaii.
As for her training, she’s studied scenes under Anthony Meindl, John D’Aquino, and Cynthia Bain. Also, she took private vocal lessons from Maxwell David.
When Sydney’s not working, she loves to sing, surf, and go snowboarding or rock climbing.
Sydney Agudong Family
Sydney Agudong comes from a family of four.
Her mother, Karen Ligon Agudong is a full-time Realtor with over 26 years of experience. She was the owner of Aloha Island Properties on Kauai from August 1997 to June 2015. After leaving the company, she then joined KW Kauai for almost three years and now (as of 2023), she’s working with eXp Realty.
For her talents, Karen’s been awarded the “Corporate Business Women of the Year” in 2006, and the CRB Designation (Highest Designation awarded for Brokers and Managers in the Residential Field) in 2004.
As for her education, Karen has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii and the University of Tennessee.
In 2023, Sydney’s parents, Karen and Kenneth were still married. They were 52 and 63 years of age respectively then.
Besides them, Sydney was also close to her sister Siena Agudong. Yes, the actress.
For those who don’t know, Siena appeared as “Billie Weskter (young)” in Resident Evil (2022), “Scarlett” in Let Us In (2021), “Mikka” in Raven’s Home (2020), and “Nick” at No Good Nick (2019).
Sydney Agudong Boyfriend
Sydney Agudong didn’t reveal her relationship status. So, we don’t know if she has a boyfriend or is still enjoying a single life.
However, from the looks of it, Sydney seemed more focused on her career and less on the romantic side of her life.
Trivia: Here’s a picture of Sydney with her prom date.
How Much Is Sydney Agudong Net Worth?
By 2023, Sydney Agudong garnered a net worth of under $500 thousand.
Sydney Agudong Height
Sydney Agudong stands tall at a height of 5 feet 4 inches (162 cm) and weighs 56 kg (125 lbs).
Her distinct features include — brown eyes and a mole on her forehead.
How Old Is Sydney Agudong?
Sydney was born on November 13, 2000. That made her 22 years of age in 2023.
Is Sydney Agudong On Instagram And Facebook?
As of April 2023, find her on Instagram @whoisjaynedoe with 14.8K followers.
Find her on Instagram @sydney.agudon.