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Pia Jasmine Hamilton (née Manalo; born January 8, 1982 in Texas) is a Filipino-American actress. She began her acting career at a young age with one of the earliest roles being "Min" on the children's television series Barney & Friends for the first three seasons.

Following her time on Barney & Friends, Hamilton performed in Broadway production of The Lion King. She currently owns a dance studio in Chicago, Illinois called Intrigue Dance & Performing Arts Center and she teaches there, a job her character, "Min", showed interest in way back in a few Barney & Friends episodes.

Career[]

Barney & Friends[]

Hamilton became interested with acting and dancing at a very young age. In addition, she was a fan of the Barney & The Backyard Gang videos. Her agent sent her to audition for Barney & Friends in 1991. During her audition she sang "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and danced. With a few callbacks, she got the role of "Min". Hamilton portrayed "Min" for the first three seasons of Barney & Friends and additional home videos until 1996. Hamilton reprised her role as "Min" for the tenth anniversary special Sing and Dance with Barney (1999) and again in the video Read with Me, Dance with Me (2003).

Post-Barney[]

Hamilton attended a mini reunion on the Barney & Friends set in Las Colinas in Irving, Texas with a few cast members from the first three seasons.

In 2022, Hamilton appeared in the documentary I Love You, You Hate Me recounting a bit of her time with Barney & Friends.

Personal Life[]

Barney[]

While appearing in the documentary I Love You, You Hate Me, after her time on Barney & Friends, Hamilton admitted that people would tease and make fun of her for acting in a show aimed at preschoolers.[1]

Gallery[]

Barney & Friends[]

Behind the scenes[]

Trivia[]

Barney & Friends[]

  • Stated on the show, Hamilton brought some of her own Filipino heritage into the role of "Min", who was originally written to be Chinese.
  • Hamilton played Meebeedeep's Robot in the video Barney in Outer Space.
  • Hamilton's favorite Barney song to sing is "Mister Sun".
  • Just like her character Min, Pia loves to dance.

Children's productions[]

  • From 1990 until 1995, Hamilton appeared as one of the "Donut Repair Club" kids in the religious-oriented VHS series.
  • Hamilton was a voice on a Chuck E. Cheese production.[2]

Videos[]

Interviews[]

References[]

  1. Far from 'a great big hug,' a new 'Barney' doc explores love, hatred and tragedies October 12, 2022 Retrieved April 2, 2024
  2. Pia Hamilton Resume April 8, 2020 Retrieved August 13, 2022.
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