Kulap Vilaysack speaks onstage during the premiere of Seeso's "Bajillion Dollar Properties" Season 2 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Oct. 5, 2016 in Los Angeles.
Kulap Vilaysack speaks onstage during the premiere of Seeso's "Bajillion Dollar Properties" Season 2 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Oct. 5, 2016 in Los Angeles. Phillip Faraone—Getty Images

Actress Traces Her Roots— and Finds Her Father

Tracing Her Family Tree

The creator of the reality show spoof Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ grew up with Laotian immigrant parents; in her directorial debut, Origin Story, Vilaysack journeys to Laos to find her roots—and her biological father. “I found out my dad wasn’t my biological dad when I was 14, and I didn’t ask any questions. But when I wanted to start my own family, I realized that there were just so many holes in my past.”

Growing Up Stateside

“My parents risked everything to come here. I was conceived in a refugee camp in Thailand and born in Washington, D.C. We were moved to Minnesota by


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