Actresses of Asian Pacific persuasion

by mjhegger | created - 06 Aug 2015 | updated - 07 Sep 2017 | Public

1. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

2. Olivia Munn

Actress | The Newsroom

Lisa Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her mother, Kimberly Schmid, lived in Vietnam, and is of Chinese ancestry, while her father, Winston Barrett Munn, is from a family with deep roots in the American South. Olivia's parents divorced when she was two years old, and she was raised ...

3. Shay Mitchell

Actress | Pretty Little Liars

Shay Mitchell (born Shannon Ashley Mitchell; April 10, 1987) is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur and author. She rose to prominence starring as Emily Fields in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars (2010) (2010-2017).

She was born in Mississauga, Ontario, the daughter of Precious Garcia and...

4. Phoebe Cates

Actress | Drop Dead Fred

Phoebe Belle Cates was born on July 16, 1963 in New York City, New York, and raised there. She is the daughter of Lily and Joseph Cates, who was a Broadway producer and television pioneer. Her uncle was director/producer Gilbert Cates. Phoebe is of Russian Jewish, and one quarter Chinese, descent. ...

5. Tia Carrere

Actress | Wayne's World

Tia Carrere was born Althea Rae Janairo in Honolulu, Hawaii. While attending Sacred Hearts Academy, Tia was discovered in a Waikiki grocery store and landed the female lead in the film Aloha Summer. Although her passion has always been singing (grandmother Rae took Tia to her first singing lesson ...

6. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

7. Jennifer Tilly

Actress | Bound

An actress who always attracts audiences' attention, Jennifer Tilly is by turns funny, sexy, compassionate, compelling and often all at once. She burst onto the scene playing the tone deaf Monica Moran in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), opposite brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges. She has been ...

8. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii and Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (2004), as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont (2000). From 2010 to 2017, Park starred ...

9. Kimiko Glenn

Actress | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Kimiko Glenn was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, where she grew up with her sister Amanda, and parents Mark and Sumiko. She started doing theater when she was ten years old at Valley Youth Theatre and there, began developing her love for performing.

Halfway through her freshman year of college at ...

10. Moon Bloodgood

Actress | Terminator Salvation

Moon Bloodgood was born on September 20, 1975 in Alliance, Nebraska, USA as Korinna Moon Bloodgood. She is known for her work on Terminator Salvation (2009), Faster (2010) and The Sessions (2012). She has been married to Grady Hall since August 2011. They have two children.

11. Gemma Chan

Actress | Humans

Gemma Chan (born 29 November 1982) is a British film, television, and theatre actress and former fashion model. She portrays Charlotte in season four of the Showtime and ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl; Ruth in Channel 4's Fresh Meat; Mia Bennett in the BBC's Doctor Who "The Waters of Mars"...

12. Chasty Ballesteros

Actress | The Internship

Chasty Ballesteros was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Chasty Rose Ballesteros. She is an actress, known for The Internship (2013) and Final Destination 5 (2011).

13. Kelly Hu

Actress | The Scorpion King

On February 13th, 1968, a girl of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her father, Herbert, was a salesman and her mother, Juanita, worked many odd jobs to help support the family. She has one older brother, Glenn. She is a former Miss Teen USA, and modeled in Japan...

14. Sarah Oh

Actress | House of Lies

Sarah Oh was born in Glendale, Arizona. She's is Korean American and is based in Los Angeles. Sarah has experience in singing and was part of a company dance team for 14 years where she danced competitively. She auditioned for an indie feature that was shooting in her town when she was 17 years old...

15. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

16. Samantha Futerman

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

Samantha Futerman (born November 19, 1987) is a South Korean-born American actress. She is known for her supporting role in the drama film Memoirs of a Geisha, set in Japan around World War II. She is also known for her self-made documentary film Twinsters, about how she discovered the twin sister ...

17. Tamlyn Tomita

Actress | The Day After Tomorrow

Tamlyn Tomita was born on January 27, 1966 in Okinawa, Japan as Tamlyn Naomi Tomita. She is an actress, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Eye (2008) and The Karate Kid Part II (1986).

18. Julie Chen Moonves

Actress | The Millers

Chen began filling in as news anchor for The CBS Morning News (1987) and This Morning (1988) in June 1999. Before that, she was a reporter and anchor for WCBS-TV, the CBS station in New York (1997-99). She also was a reporter for WDTN-TV Dayton (1995-97). Chen was a producer for ABC NewsOne, that ...

19. Lindsay Price

Actress | Club Dread

Lindsay Price was born on December 6, 1976 in Arcadia, California, USA as Lindsay Jalyn Price. She is an actress, known for Club Dread (2004), NCIS (2003) and All My Children (1970). She has been married to Curtis Stone since June 8, 2013. They have two children. She was previously married to Shawn...

20. Sonia Couling

Actress | A Stranger in Paradise

Born in Thailand, half-Thai, half English Sonia, or Pim, as warmly known amongst friends and family, has been working as a professional model since being discovered at age 13. She attended boarding school and University in the UK and worked with Storm Agency landing ads for L'Oreal UK and many ...

21. Jadyn Wong

Actress | Scorpion

A Canadian actress who has a black belt in karate and is also a classical pianist, Jadyn J. Wong made her professional acting debut in the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated miniseries "Broken Trail," on June 24, 2006, with Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall. She was handpicked for the ...

22. Denyce Lawton

Actress | Chicago P.D.

Multiethnic (African-American / Korean) actress Denyce Lawton is best known for her four seasons on the six-time NAACP Best Comedy Series Winner series House of Payne (2006) from producer Tyler Perry.

Denyce was born and raised in the New Jersey communities of Belmar and Neptune (familiar to viewers...

23. Pisay Pao

Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw

Pisay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her parents escaped the civil war in Cambodia and she moved to Seattle, Washington at the age of two. Pisay loved the arts and began painting, drawing, dancing, and performing at a young age. When she reached her teen years her parents pushed her to ...

24. Brenda Song

Actress | The Social Network

Brenda Song was born in Carmichael, California. Her father is Hmong and her mother is Thai-American. Brenda, her parents, and her younger brothers Timmy and Nathan now live in a suburb of Los Angeles.

Brenda was named an All-American Scholar in ninth grade and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

She ...

25. Ali Wong

Writer | Ali Wong: Baby Cobra

Ali Wong was born on April 19, 1982 in San Francisco, California, USA as Alexandra Dawn Wong. She is an actress and writer, known for Ali Wong: Baby Cobra (2016), Always Be My Maybe (2019) and American Housewife (2016). She has been married to Justin Hakuta since November 27, 2014. They have two ...

26. Ahney Her

Actress | Gran Torino

Ahney Her was born in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Whitney Cua Her. She is an actress, known for Gran Torino (2008), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Night Club (2011).

27. Joan Chen

Actress | Judge Dredd

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

28. Yunjin Kim

Actress | Lost

Yunjin Kim (born November 7, 1973), also known as Kim Yun-Jin is a South Korean-American film and theater actress. She is best known for her role as Sun on the American television series Lost, and as the North Korean spy Bang-Hee in the South Korean film Shiri. She also starred as Dr. Karen Kim in ...

29. Mayko Nguyen

Actress | ReGenesis

Mayko Nguyen was born in 1980 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for ReGenesis (2004), Anon (2018) and Going the Distance (2004).

30. Jamie Chung

Actress | Big Hero 6

Jamie Chung was born and raised in California, the daughter of Korean parents. She studied Economics at the University of California, Riverside. Chung's break came in 2004, when she was working in a sports bar. MTV held auditions for The Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

31. Tera Patrick

Actress | Crossroads

Tera Patrick's height (5'9"), exotic look (her mother is Thai and her father was an American Army doctor of English and Dutch descent) and spectacular body would seem more suited to a high-fashion model--which is exactly what she was, having spent five years as a model with the world-famous Ford ...

32. Saffron Burrows

Actress | Deep Blue Sea

Saffron Burrows, known for her work in critically acclaimed films, stars in the Golden Globe winning Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle. Upcoming, Burrows will star in award-winning playwright Tom Dugan's one-woman drama Jackie Unveiled at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The ...

33. Cassie Ventura

Actress | Step Up 2: The Streets

Cassie is a singer, actress, model, songwriter, and dancer. Albums: Me&U, Long Way 2 Go Official Girl ft. Lil'Wayne Is it you

Cassandra is a 5 time National Grand Champion Twirler, because of twirling is how her modeling career started. Cassandra models for Abercrombie, Target, Jcpennys, Walmart, ...

34. Sung Hi Lee

Actress | The Girl Next Door

Sung Hi Lee was born on April 1, 1970 in Eunpyong-Gu (Gija-Chon), a borough of Seoul, South Korea. She moved to the United States in 1978 and spent a large part of her childhood moving around from city to city. Sung Lee was a studious child and teenager spending more time at the library than at ...

35. Ji-hyun Jun

Actress | Yeopgijeogin geunyeo

Jeon Ji-hyun (born 30 October 1981) is a South Korean actress and model famous for her role in My Sassy Girl. Jeon was born in Seoul, and studied in the Department of Theater and Film at Dongguk University. She began her career as a model in 1997, and after appearing in a number of TV sitcoms, her ...

36. Julia Ling

Actress | Tactical Girl

Most widely known for her work on prime time television on shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, House (FOX), ER, Grey's Anatomy, The OC, 8 Simple Rules (Disney), The Deep End (ABC), the critically acclaimed Aaron Sorkin series, Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip (NBC), Julia Ling starred as the popular "...

37. Yifei Liu

Actress | The Forbidden Kingdom

Liu Yifei Born in Wuhan, Hubei province of China 1987 August 25th, She began modeling at the age of 8 and was trained in singing, dancing and the piano. Moving to the United States at 10 with her mother, Liu lived there for four years. She returned to China in June 2002 to pursue a modeling and ...

38. Tiffany Tynes

Actress | The House

Tiffany Tynes is an American actress from Memphis, Tn. She is also a social media influencer and professional dancer known for Bart Baker's Anaconda Parody, Bright, and Tosh.O.

Tiffany started out as a print model where she would begin to really start to feel more and more confident in getting into ...

39. Amerie

Actress | First Daughter

Introduced to most of the world in 2005 with the smash single "1 Thing," triple-threat actress / dancer / singer-songwriter-producer Ameriie continues to evolve.

Amerie was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, to Mi Suk, a Korean-born artist, and Charles Rogers, an African-American military man. As a ...

40. Marisa Quintanilla

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

A dedicated performer, visual artist, & creative producer, Marisa is best known for her role as "Huilen" - a pivotal character in the Box Office hit Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

She is a graduate of the esteemed Brown University, and as part of her Ivy League undergraduate experience she had...

41. Sandra Oh

Actress | Sideways

Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-Nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet ...

42. Liza Lapira

Actress | 21

Liza Lapira was born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for 21 (2008), Fast & Furious (2009) and Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011).

43. Kelly Lin

Actress | Duo ming xin tiao

Kelly Lin was born on October 29, 1975 in Taiwan as Hsi Lei Lin. She is an actress and director, known for The Devil Inside Me (2011), Zu Warriors (2001) and After This Our Exile (2006).

44. Sara Malakul Lane

Actress | King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table

Sara Malakul Lane is a successful Thai model and actress. She began modeling at the age of 14, and has also been in a number of big screen movies including Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015). Sara is a model of Thai-English descent. Her father is an English businessman named Alistair Lane...

45. Bernice Liu

Actress | Yip Man chin chyun

Bernice Liu was born on January 6, 1979 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress and producer, known for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010), The King of Fighters (2010) and Perfect Wedding (2010).

46. Kira Clavell

Actress | Frankie & Alice

Kira Clavell is an actress, known for Frankie & Alice (2010), Rogue (2013) and The Hunters (2013).

47. Kelis

Soundtrack | xXx

Kelis was born on August 21, 1979 in Harlem, New York, USA as Kelis Rogers. She has been married to Mike Mora since 2014. They have one child. She was previously married to Nas.

48. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

49. Julia Nickson

Actress | China Cry: A True Story

Julia Nickson was born on the beautiful island city of Singapore. Her early years were spent in the vales of Wiltshire, England, followed by the red rock canyons of the Zambezi river in Africa, but she returned to Singapore after her father's death, when she was six. From the age of seven to ...

50. Rosalind Chao

Actress | The Laundromat

Rosalind Chao was born on September 23, 1957 in Anaheim, California, USA as Rosalind Chia-Ling Chao. She is an actress, known for The Laundromat (2019), Plus One (2019) and What Dreams May Come (1998). She has been married to Simon Templeman since 1989. They have two children.

51. Krystal Vee

Actress | Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

Krystal Vee is known for her performance in "Scorpion King 3," which played the role of Princess Silda, directed by Roel Reine. Born in Bangkok, Thailand as the second daughter of a Thai father and a British mother. As a result of her father's Diplomatic work she spent a total of six years living ...

52. Koyuki

Actress | The Last Samurai

Gaining her first exposure to Western audiences in Edward Zwick's 2003 film The Last Samurai (2003), Koyuki was well-known in Japan for years before that. She first caught the attention of the public in 1997 by winning an exclusive modelling contract with the magazine Non-no, but quickly grew ...

53. Rachel Huxtable

Actress | Thank God You're Here

Rachel Huxtable is an actor, known for The Whistleblower, Syfy's series Hunters and prime time Australian series Neighbours. Huxtable made her screen debut in Australian feature film Hating Alison Ashley. Other roles on prime time series' followed on Offspring, Thank God You're Here, Wilfred, The ...

54. Sei Ashina

Actress | Silk

Sei Ashina was born on November 22, 1983 in Fukushima, Japan as Aya Igarashi. She is an actress, known for Silk (2007), Nanase: The Psychic Wanderers (2010) and Kamen Rider Hibiki (2005).

55. Gillian Chung

Actress | Wu Ze Tian mi shi

Gillian Chung Yun Tung is a Hong Kong pop singer and actress. She resides in the affluent Midlevels district in Hong Kong with her younger sister. Standing at just over five feet tall, Chung is a graduate of the Kowloon True Light Middle School and attended RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. ...

56. Elodie Yung

Actress | The Hitman's Bodyguard

Elodie Yung was born in Paris, France, of Cambodian and French descent. She grew up in Seine-saint-Denis, in Le Bourget, where she practiced karate and obtained her black belt. She graduated from University of La Sorbonne in Paris and has a law degree. She then decided to study acting at London ...

57. Charlet Chung

Actress | Overwatch

Charlet Chung was born on February 16, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Chihye Takahashi Chung. She is an actress, known for Overwatch (2016), Touch (2012) and Chuck (2007).



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