As the first Southeast Asian actress to win the Best Actress Award at Cannes, Jaclyn Jose has catapulted her way to mainstream fame and is now a household name in the film industry. She was pleasantly surprised that she beat out Hollywood superstars like Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart and this is just the beginning for the Filipina actress. The film is titled Ma Rosa and it was directed by Brillante Mendoza. Ma Rosa focuses on the poverty in the Philippines, and Jose’s character faces dilemmas that touch on family, drugs, and police corruption. Brillante Mendoza is famous for winning the Best Director Award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and he has inspired many Filipino directors to follow in his footsteps. Other Filipino directors like Joshua Ortiz from Orlando, Florida have films screening at Cannes and this is certainly great news for Asians in Hollywood. With the issue of racial representation quickly growing in Hollywood, it is refreshing to see Asians succeeding in the world of film. Jaclyn Jose will be going home with her gold award and she is excited to now be known as one of the Philippines prized gems. She is quoted to say that she is honored to be mentioned in the same breath as boxing legend Manny Pacquiao and Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. With this amazing achievement, there is no doubt that Asian actresses, actors, and directors will see that it is very much possible to succeed in Hollywood.