If you're purposely or even accidentally watching FOX's new Tuesday night sitcom "Dads," you've probably noticed Brenda Song. The 25-year-old plays Veronica, the hot assistant of successful (but less hot) video game developers Eli (Seth Green) and Warner (Giovanni Ribisi).
In the pilot, Song was given the unfortunate job of dressing like a slutty Asian schoolgirl stereotype to entice clients. But since then, she's had a stronger presence - often getting in the best jabs against her bosses and even hiring Warner's dad to be her unpaid intern.
"Dads" may not be the best use of Song's talents, but she does look gorgeous and at least it introduces her to a different audience.
Song already has a loyal fan base of young fans from her days as a Disney star. She played London Tipton in Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" from 2005-2008 and continued the role in "The Suite Life on Deck" from 2008-2011 and "The Suite Life Movie" in 2011. Cosmo Girl dubbed her "Queen of Disney" in 2006.
But Song has done a lot to show she's moved on from her Disney days. She played Alissa on ABC's "Scandal" and Daisy on "New Girl," which also airs on FOX. And you may remember her as Christy, Eduardo's (Andrew Garfield) crazy/sexy/jealous girlfriend in the movie "The Social Network."
Song -- who was engaged to Miley Cyrus' brother Trace until they called it off in 2012 -- is the child of a Hmong Chinese father and Thai mother. In 2005, she told Hmong Today she doesn't consider herself Hmong or Asian, she's just American.
In that same interview, Song was asked if she was mostly cast when roles call for "an Asian girl." "That's the thing," she answered, "most of the roles I've gotten didn't have race specified when they wrote the character. Being Hmong, I've worked twice as hard as others just to prove I'm a good actress even though my hair isn't blonde and my eyes aren't blue. Usually, they take a look at me and they have to think twice because I wasn't what they had envisioned when they wrote that character. I think the only role that called for an Asian girl was for the Bernie Mac Show."
"Dads" isn't exactly burning up the ratings, but hopefully Song can maximize her time with the high-profile cast and set up some stronger follow-up projects to keep building her career.