Yasmien Yuson Kurdi-Soldevilla (born 25 January 1989 in San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines) is an award-winning Filipina actress, voice actress, singer-songwriter and commercial model. She was one of the Final Four in the first season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show by GMA Network in the Philippines where she finished first runner up. She bagged the title of the Philippines' Pop Sweetheart and known for the roles of Mira in the hit fantasy series Encantadia, Salve Dizon de Leon in the remake of Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita, Shayne Rodrigo in the hit remake Saan Darating Ang Umaga?, a role originated by Maricel Soriano. Kurdi was born to a Muslim father, Mike Kurdi, and Miriam Ong-Yuson, who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. She is of French-Lebanese (paternal) and Chinese-Filipino (maternal) descent. She spent most of her early life in Kuwait because of her father's work there and was in fact there with her family during the Gulf War. She was a member of the junior choir in her church before joining StarStruck. She studied elementary in Jabriya Indian School; and finished high school and Nursing at New Era University. Her early career included modeling for Candy, Seventeen, and MOD magazine. She was also one of the finalists in ABS-CBN's ASAP Pond's Soft Skin Search wherein she lost over the Jaboom Twins. In 2009, Kurdi starred in an ad promoting vegetarianism for PETA ASIA-PACIFIC. In May 2007, after her success in Bakekang series as "Charming", Yasmien starred in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso with JC de Vera. Yasmien plays as Jenna, a maid who has an eye on her employer's grandson. On its press conference, GMA Network crown her as its GMA Drama Princess. On September 10, 2007, Yasmien will star again with JC de Vera in Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig, which originally stars Sharon Cuneta in 1987. After their huge success as loveteam in Pati Ba Pintig ng Puso, GMA trusted them both to star in Sine Novela.