Top 40 Asian Actors Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywood

by AsianTalentHollywood | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

March 2018 Update

1. Henry Golding

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Malaysian television host, actor and model Henry Ewan Golding was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, to Margaret Likan and Clive Golding. His father is English and his mother is Malaysian. His mother is from the Iban people, an Indigenous group in Sarawak, and Henry completed the bejalai, an Iban ...

2. Alex Landi

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

Alex is a half Korean, half Italian actor born in New York City. At a very young age, he was focused on sports with a career goal as a professional tennis player. His parents took him to his first Broadway show, The Lion King, which sparked his interest in acting. After high school, he decided to ...

3. Max Willems

Actor | Let's Kick It

Born in Bangkok to a Dutch father and Chinese/Thai mother, Max was raised in Munich, Germany where he attended a European school graduating Cum Laude at age 17. From age four until 17, Max played professional tennis and considered going to a tennis University or to medical school before deciding to...

4. Ki Hong Lee

Actor | The Maze Runner

Ki Hong Lee is an actor and writer, known for The Maze Runner (2014), Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015) and Maze Runner: The Death Cure (2018). He has been married to Ha Young Choi since March 7, 2015.

5. Ross Butler

Actor | Shazam!

Ross Fleming Butler was born in Singapore, and was raised in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. He attended The Ohio State University studying Biomolecular and Chemical Engineering, but decided to drop out after one year after discovering he had no passion or interest in that field of ...

6. Avan Jogia

Actor | Twisted

Vancouver native, Avan Jogia landed his first acting role as 'Danny Araujo 'on the award-winning TV movie drama A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006), directed by Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland. Jogia followed up with a recurring role on the SyFy Channel hit series Caprica (2009) as well as...

7. Jason Momoa

Actor | Aquaman

Joseph Jason Namakaeha Momoa was born on August 1, 1979, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is the son of Coni (Lemke), a photographer, and Joseph Momoa, a painter. His father is of Hawaiian descent and his mother, who is from Iowa, is of mostly German ancestry. Jason was raised in Norwalk, Iowa, by his ...

8. Ludi Lin

Actor | Power Rangers

Ludi Lin is a unique actor striding Hollywood and China and one of the most outspoken voices in Asian Representation in Hollywood. Being born in China, he received his education and enculturation in many different countries around the world. Rather than deciding to be an actor, he feels he simply ...

9. Lewis Tan

Actor | Into the Badlands

Lewis Tan was born on February 4, 1987 in Manchester, England as Lewis Singwah Tan. He is known for his work on Into the Badlands (2015), Wu Assassins (2019) and Deadpool 2 (2018).

10. Charles Melton

Actor | Riverdale

Charles Melton was born in Juneau, Alaska, USA. He is an actor, known for Riverdale (2017), American Horror Story (2011) and Glee (2009).

11. Daniel Henney

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Daniel Henney was born on November 28, 1979 in Carson City, Michigan, USA as Daniel Phillip Henney. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Big Hero 6 (2014) and The Last Stand (2013).

12. Osric Chau

Actor | 2012

Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer (2008) that was shot in Hengdian, ...

13. Chris Pang

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Chris Pang is an actor and producer, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) and Marco Polo (2014).

14. Steven Yeun

Actor | Okja

Steven Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to June and Je Yeun. His family first immigrated to Canada and stayed there for one year, and then moved to the U.S. He has a brother named Brian. He began acting while at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, where he studied Psychology as a major (BS in ...

15. Ryan Potter

Actor | Big Hero 6

Ryan Potter is an actor, director, martial artist, and photographer. Ryan, though born in the United States, was raised in Tokyo until the age of seven.

Ryan got his start as the lead, "Mike Fukanaga" in Nickelodeon's "Supah Ninjas," (2011-2013) working with the legendary, George Takei, who played ...

16. Harry Shum Jr.

Actor | Crazy Rich Asians

Harry Shum Jr. was born on April 28, 1982 in Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. He is an actor, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Shadowhunters (2016) and Glee (2009). He has been married to Shelby Rabara since November 22, 2015. They have one child.

17. Jake Choi

Actor | Front Cover

Jake Choi is an American actor born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.

Choi received his training at The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. He also took classes at T. Schreiber Studio, and studied with Bob Krakower and Ted Sluberski.

He has performed throughout New York on stage, film, TV ...

18. Vincent Rodriguez III

Actor | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Vincent Rodriguez III was born on August 10, 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Vincent Coquico Rodriguez. He is an actor, known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), Designated Survivor (2016) and Insatiable (2018). He has been married to Gregory Wright since August 2015.

19. Hayden Szeto

Actor | The Edge of Seventeen

Hayden Szeto was born on September 11, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Hayden Chun Hay Szeto. He is known for his work on The Edge of Seventeen (2016), Truth or Dare (2018) and Lodge 49 (2018).

20. Henry Prince Mak

Actor | Hong hai xing dong

Henry Prince Mak is an actor, known for Operation Red Sea (2018) and Raging Fire (2020).

21. Brandon Soo Hoo

Actor | Tropic Thunder

Brandon Soo Hoo was born on November 2, 1995 in Pasadena, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Tropic Thunder (2008), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) and Ender's Game (2013).

22. Mackenyu

Actor | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Mackenyu was born in Los Angeles and and began acting in his teens. His career took off in Japan in 2015 when he starred in three supporting roles in TV Mini-series and as one of the leads in the live action movie Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future. In January 2016 he made his stage debut in the ...

23. Shannon Kook

Actor | The Conjuring

Born in Johannesburg as Shannon Kook-Chun to a father of Chinese descent and South African mother, Shannon moved to Canada at an early age and eventually adopted the stage name Shannon Kook.

After attending the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, where he graduated with the Edna Khubyar ...

24. John Harlan Kim

Actor | The Librarians

John Kim was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His early years in grade school were spent focusing on extra-curricular athletics including basketball, tennis and Australian rules football. It was not until High School that John became interested in the arts.

At age 15, he attended a...

25. Yoshi Sudarso

Actor | Buffalo Boys

Actor/Model/Stuntman Yoshua "Yoshi" Sudarso was born in Indonesia and moved to Los Angeles at the age of nine. He and his brother, Actor/Model Peter Adrian Sudarso, developed a fanbase through social media by creating YouTube videos, doing fashion blogging, and cosplay. He has done commercial work ...

26. Carlin James

Actor | Better Call Saul

Carlin James is an actor, known for Better Call Saul (2015), American Crime Story (2016) and Criminal Minds (2005).

27. Christopher Larkin

Actor | The 100

Born in Taegu, South Korea. Adopted by parents of Irish and French-Canadian descent. Raised in Hebron, Connecticut.

In 2001, Larkin was discovered by director Martha Coolidge and cast in the lead role of the young son in Hallmark Entertainment's "The Flamingo Rising." He then went on to train at the...

28. Ken Kirby

Actor | Good Trouble

Ken Kirby is an actor, known for Good Trouble (2019), The Gifted (2017) and Grand Hotel (2019).

29. Lance Luu

Actor | Pacific Rim

Lance Luu was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 15, 1987. He is an identical triplet known together as the "Luu brothers" or "Luu triplets". He started in the entertainment industry in 2004 and took on various projects including print ads, commercials and music videos. His first ...

30. Desmond Chiam

Actor | The Shannara Chronicles

Desmond Chiam is an actor and writer, known for The Shannara Chronicles (2016), Magic Camp and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009).

31. Manish Dayal

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Manish Dayal was born on June 17, 1983 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA as Manish Sudhir Patel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), Viceroy's House (2017) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).

32. Wesley Wong

Actor | Pacific Rim: Uprising

Born in Hong Kong, Wesley is a graduate of University of Southern California and Beijing Film Academy and is the son of Hong Kong actors Melvin Wong and Angie Chiu. His first feature roles included Sorry I Love You (2013), Ah Boys to Men 3: Frogmen (2015), Buxiude Shiguang (2016) and Falling in ...

33. Christopher Sean

Actor | Star Wars: Resistance

Japanese American Actor. Very proud son to a Navy veteran and Mother born and raised in Japan. Known for Star Wars Resistance, Hawaii Five-0, Days of Our Lives and Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Cultured through in many countries but Southern California is considered home. Studied martial arts, tae kwon do...

34. Aziz Ansari

Actor | Parks and Recreation

Aziz Ansari was born in Columbia, South Carolina, to Fatima, a medical office worker, and Shoukath, a gastroenterologist. His family is from Tamil Nadu, India. He graduated from NYU as a business major in 2004. He graduated from the South Carolina Governor's School for Math and Science in ...

35. Samuel Mak

Actor | Tomb Raider

Samuel Mak is known for his work on Tomb Raider (2018), The World's End (2013) and The Grandest Wedding of Royals (2018).

36. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

37. Will Tomi

Actor | Iron Fist

Will Tomi is an actor and producer, known for Iron Fist (2017), Bull (2016) and Mount Treacherous (2017).

38. Jordan Rodrigues

Actor | Lady Bird

Jordan Rodrigues was born on July 20, 1992 in Sydney, Australia. He is an actor, known for Lady Bird (2017), The Fosters (2013) and Dance Academy (2010).

39. Eddie Shin

Actor | Alexa & Katie

Eddie Shin was born on July 17, 1976 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edward Andrew Yoon Beom Shin. He is an actor, known for Alexa & Katie (2018), Westworld (2016) and The Man in the High Castle (2015).

40. Simu Liu

Actor | Kim's Convenience

Simu is a Canadian Screen Award nominated actor, writer and producer, known for his role as Jung Kim on the CBC sitcom Kim's Convenience (2016).

Immigrating from China at the age of 5, Simu was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. After graduating from the Richard Ivey School of Business and working at a...



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