Gracie Phillips wants to be known for more than just her famous last name.
When she started modeling professionally two years ago, the California native insisted that casting agents not be told her father is Lou Diamond Phillips, the Golden Globe-nominated Filipino-American actor best known for his starring role in “La Bamba.”
“I heard positive and negative things about celebrity kids in the [modeling] industry,” said Gracie, who’s based in Simi Valley, Calif. “People would say she only did this because of her famous parents . . . I wanted people to take a look at me for me and not for my last name.”
Mission accomplished. Gracie signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2016 and has worked regularly ever since, booking gigs for Pat McGrath’s lipstick, Garnier and others.
After making it on her own, the petite brunette is no longer shy about her family.
“I just realized I was booking jobs consistently based on my own self rather than who my dad was,” she said at her Post photo shoot, where she was all smiles despite the frigid temps and a recent fever. “I’m very proud of my dad and who he is . . . Now I have no problem being attached to him.”
When she was young, growing up in Chatsworth, Calif., Gracie didn’t quite understand what her father did for a living.
At age 6, she watched “La Bamba” for the first time in the family living room. When the film showed rock ’n’ roll legend Ritchie Valens — played by her father — dying in a plane crash, she was distraught.
“I didn’t really know what acting was, so when I saw the movie I thought my dad actually died,” she said. “I just started hysterically crying at the house, and my parents explained to me that he’s fine.”
Her parents — mom is Kelly Phillips, a former model — divorced in 2007, but she saw her father often. He regularly took her with him on set and encouraged her to get in front of the camera. She even appeared in a TV movie with him in 2009 called “Love Takes Wing.”
“He said that he saw something in me and [thought] I should get into acting,” said Gracie, who has two sisters, one of whom is her twin, and a younger half sister and half brother.
Still, she resisted going Hollywood and had her own ideas about a career.
“I went back and forth wanting to be a therapist or a guidance counselor — I wanted to be that voice of reason for people,” Gracie said.
But, at age 17, she gave modeling a try after being told by several people that she should consider it.
“As I got older people would ask me, ‘Why don’t you model?’ ” said Gracie, who offered “no comment” when asked about her relationship status. “[So] I said ‘Let me give this a try.’ ”
She was surprised by how much she enjoyed it — and continues to — but the catwalk isn’t her only plan for the future. Gracie, now 20, currently lives with her mother and is taking online classes at a community college. She hopes to transfer to one of the University of California campuses to pursue a degree in communications.
“I enjoy learning. It’s something that I’ve been passionate about,” she said. “I’m hoping to get my degree and use my modeling platform to reach out to [a] bigger audience and . . . be a voice in the industry that people feel they can look up to.”
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Photos: Annie Wermiel/NY Post; Market Editor: Johannah Masters; Hair/Makeup: T. Cooper/crowdMGMT using ECRU New York; Stylist Assistant: Nicole Zane; Location: Maman Greenpoint.