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Sonya Balmores

Sonya Balmores

Highest Rated: 45% Soul Surfer (2011)

Lowest Rated: 45% Soul Surfer (2011)

Birthday: Jun 23, 1986

Birthplace: Kalaheo, Hawaii, USA

Former Miss Teen Hawaii Sonya Balmores successfully vaulted from the pageant world to modeling and acting, first as a teenaged star in "Beyond the Break" (The N 2006-2009) and "Soul Surfer," and later, as a poised adult in action-oriented projects like "Inhumans" (ABC, 2017- ). Born in Kalaheo, Hawaii on June 23, 1986, Balmores began acting while still a teenager and student at Kauai High School. She appeared as a surfer in the Fox TV pilot "The Break" (2003), but her real vehicle to stardom came the following year, when she was named Miss Teen Hawaii. Balmores would represent Hawaii at the Miss Teen USA pageant in the summer of 2004, where she placed first runner-up behind winner Shelley Henning. The exposure of her pageant run led to modeling work for magazines like Women's Health, as well as a return to acting in The N series "Beyond the Break," which made good use of her surfing skills to play one of a quartet of aspiring pro surfers. But after making her feature film debut as a highly competitive surfer in "Soul Surfer" (2011), a biopic about surfer Bethany Hamilton, Balmores took a three-year break from acting before returning in 2014 to work on episodic TV, including "Hawaii Five-0" (CBS, 2010- ). In 2017, she earned what was perhaps her most prominent role to date - the yellow-skinned superhuman Auran, who possessed parabolic hearing, on ABC's "Inhumans," an episodic adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series about a hidden race of powerful beings. She followed this with a supporting role in the independent crime thriller "Den of Thieves" (2018), starring Gerard Butler and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Highest rated movies

45% Soul Surfer

Photos

KULEANA, FROM LEFT: SONYA BALMORES, MORONAI KANEKOA, 2017. © HAWAII CINEMA KULEANA, FROM LEFT: SONYA BALMORES, MORONAI KANEKOA, 2017. © HAWAII CINEMA Sonya Balmores at arrivals for WIND RIVER Premiere, Ace Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA July 26, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for Warner Music Group Pre-GRAMMY Party, THE GRILL and The Pool, New York, NY January 25, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for DEN OF THIEVES Premiere, L.A. Live Regal Cinemas, Los Angeles, CA January 17, 2018. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for GEOSTORM Premiere, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA October 16, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for MARVEL''S INHUMANS Series Premiere, Universal CityWalk, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 2017. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for WIND RIVER Premiere, Ace Hotel Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA July 26, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for SOUL SURFER Premiere, Arclight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA March 30, 2011. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection Sonya Balmores at arrivals for SOUL SURFER Premiere, Arclight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA March 30, 2011. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moonrise Sam (Character) - 2022
No Score Yet 70% Kuleana Kimberly Coyle (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Midsummer's Hawaiian Dream Tanya (Character) - 2016
45% 75% Soul Surfer Malina Birch (Character) $43.9M 2011

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 49% FBI: Most Wanted Angelyne LaCroix (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet 84% Magnum P.I. Leanna Owens (Guest Star) 2019
11% 42% Marvel's Inhumans Auran (Character) 2017
No Score Yet 83% NCIS Officer Sandra Cornell (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beyond the Break Lanikai "Kai" Kealoha (Character) 2006-2007 2009