Born a Sarawakian, Jasmine began venturing into performing arts at the tender age of five, where she performed in local dance shows and school plays. This love for stories, stage and lights took a momentary back seat while she spent her undergraduate years abroad in Johannesburg and Melbourne. A graduate with a degree in Political Science and Economics, she dabbled briefly in financial reporting for a local newspaper before her love for the stage beckoned her again, and in 2012, she decided to participate in 8TV’s “The Job” – a reality TV show similar to its US counterpart, “The Apprentice”. This was the point her life took a serendipitous change, and she has never looked back since.
"She described the move as life changing and has never looked back since".
Described as a rising star by the “The Star” newspaper, Jasmine’s passion took a commercial turn as she gained popularity with the local TV scene. Her achievements include acting roles in productions such as TV3’s “Keluarga Pontimau”, "Padamu Aku Bersujud" and "Tesis Terakhir". Crossing from television to film, Jasmine's debut in film began when she starred in Edmund Yeo’s “River of Exploding Durian” as a student protester. The film became the first Malaysian film to be selected to compete in the Main Prize competition of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2014. Fueled with passion from the success of her debut film, she immediately picked up a starring role in Woo Ming Jin's reenactment of “Seruan Merdeka” under the commission of the Busan International Film Festival 2015.
Versatility; is what Jasmine strives to achieve. Many gruesome hours are spent kicking butts (and taking a beating) at martial arts sessions and many more weekends will be spent learning Mandarin. That is how determined she is to follow in the footsteps of her idol, the multi-talented Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh. Jasmine challenges herself to take on multifaceted roles. Psychotic mental patient, abused wife forced into prostitution, MMA chick on the run, she loves them all.
Adding to her repertoire of skills, Jasmine eventually became a TV personality after she hosted TV9's leading entertainment talk show Hip TV with Hunny Madu and Muaz. Blessed with the ability to switch effortlessly between English and Malay, she later went on to become one of the most recognized faces in the local football scene, hosting the Malaysian Super League, the FA Cup and the TM Malaysia Cup consecutively in 2015 and 2016.
Jasmine’s secret pleasure involves getting her hands behind a steering wheel and cruising coolly down the highway, hitting the gym to work on her biceps (which she has cheekily named Kit and Kat), reading her pile of unread books (we all have one) and catching up with good friends over a nice hot coffee brew!
Self-proclaimed Queen of Monopoly Deal.
A big fan of the word game: Word Search.
The first female in East Malaysia to have her own motor review column titled “Heels on Wheels”.
She is a terrible singer.
Studied acting and directing at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage for a semester.
National state bowler for Sarawak when she was 14 years old. Oh how she reminisces those days!
A big fan of the folk band “Bon Iver”.
Had an African weave when she was studying in Johannesburg and held a record for leaving her hair unwashed for three months.
Was once in love with Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys and they were going to have four kids. Unfortunately that did not pan out due to the long-distance relationship.
Jasmine is often mistaken to be of mixed heritage due to her middle name Suraya. Suraya is her unofficial middle name given to her by her mother who loves the name.