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Fresh Meadows man stars on new reality show ‘Little Women: NY’

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photos by Patrick Eccelsine

Jason Perez may be a little man, but he is representing the biggest borough on a new Lifetime reality show.

Perez, a 27-year-old Queens College student from Fresh Meadows, is starring on “Little Women: NY,” premiering Wednesday night.

Standing at 4 feet 4 inches tall, he is the only male cast member among seven little people whose lives are documented on the series, which takes a look at how the group of friends navigates the Big Apple.

lwny_gallery-jason_150112-pe-021“New York is one big city and we are little women…well, six little women and the one guy that can handle them,” the first episode starts.

“Little Women: NY” is a spin-off of the network’s hit reality show “Little Women: LA,” which just concluded its second season on March 18 and featured New York cast member Lila Call in several of its recent episodes.

A friend of “Little Women: LA” cast member and executive producer Terra Jolé, who is also an executive producer for the New York version, Perez was easily convinced to appear on the new show.

“I think it will be very enlightening, very educational. It will also take the stress of the day off,” he said, promising the one-hour program will bring as much reality show-style drama as its West Coast counterpart and a true look into the world of little people.

Born in Brooklyn to a close-knit Filipino family, Perez grew up in Ozone Park before moving to Fresh Meadows in 2000, where he attended St. Francis Prep.

Though he faced bullying because of his dwarfism and is the only little person in his family, he said his loved ones have always given him strength.

“They just took me as a regular person,” Perez said. His parents always told him to “cry but not for long” and to “just get up and keep moving.”

After high school, he earned a culinary arts degree and started working as a cook. But his childhood love for performing led him from the kitchen to a job as a singing server.

Today, he is studying political science and history at Queens College, but is still pursuing his passion for entertainment through performing, and voice, dance and acting lessons. He has even won several talent competitions, including at the MGM Grand Las Vegas and the Coney Island Talent Show, and has performed in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular.

Perez is also hoping to entertain viewers on “Little Women: NY,” which he says will step it up a notch from its LA counterpart because of the challenges of fast-paced New York City, such as commuting on the subway, hailing cabs and traversing crowded streets.

Jason Perez with "Little Women: NY" co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

Jason Perez with “Little Women: NY” co-stars Lila Call and Dawn Lang (Photo by Zach Dilgard)

“New York in itself is an animal and to survive you need to have skills,” Perez said.

The show will also look at some of Perez’s personal struggles — a sensitive issue he discusses with his conservative family while living at home and his difficulties in finding the right person to settle down with.

“We may be small but we have emotions like everyone else, we have ambitions like everyone,” he said. “Just because we look different doesn’t mean we are out of the loop.”

“Little Women: NY” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime. 


‘Dance Moms’ cast coming to Astoria

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Lifetime/Photos by Scott Gries

The glitz, glamour, dancing and drama are coming to Astoria.

On Saturday, September 7 the cast of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” will take the runway at Studio Square, located at 35-33 36th Street.

Together with their moms and other models, dancers Chloe Lukasiak, Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler and Paige Hyland will model international fashion couture in the Stargazer Celebrity Runway Parade.

“Dance Moms” made its debut on Lifetime in 2011 as a reality series based on upcoming child dancers attending the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pennsylvania. The show follows these dancers and their moms during practices and competitions, and the drama that ensues between parents and choreographer.

Before the runway show begins, guests will enjoy additional entertainment featuring live performances by “American Idol’s” Courtney Calle, “America’s Got Talent’s” Staten Island Hip Hop dance crew Struck Boyz, pop artist Frankie Zulferino and six-year-old Isabella Barrett from “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

Doors open at 9 a.m., with entertainment beginning at 10:30 a.m. and the “Dance Moms” cast will hit the runway at noon followed by a Q & A session.

Tickets are available online for $40 and $50 the day of the event. You can purchase tickets at dancemomsparade.eventbrite.com.