Top 40 Asian Actresses Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywoodby AsianTalentHollywood | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
August 2019 Update
Actress | Ocean's Eight
Nora Lum, known professionally as Awkwafina, is an American actress and rapper. She has played supporting roles in the comedy films Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and a leading role in the comedy-drama The Farewell (2019). The latter-most earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress ...
Actress | Suicide Squad
Karen Fukuhara is a Japanese-American actress from Los Angeles, California. She is fluent in English and Japanese. While attending UCLA, she continued to work on numerous shows in Japan, notably the Disney Channel. She is a martial arts champion, trained in karate and sword fighting. She made her ...
4. Lana Condor
Actress | To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress. She made her film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), portraying Jubilation Lee / Jubilee. Condor was born on May 11, 1997 in Can Tho, Vietnam and was adopted by her American parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and journalist Robert Condor, as an ...
5. Paris Berelc
Actress | Lab Rats: Elite Force
Paris was born & raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Paris started in dance at the age of 4 then competed in gymnastics for 9 years. She started a modeling career when she was 9 with Ford Models Chicago then begun an acting career a few years later. Paris moved to LA at the age of 14 to ...
6. Gemma Chan
Actress | Eternals
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"...
7. 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, ...
Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Kelly Marie Tran was born on January 17, 1989 in San Diego, California, USA. She is an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and Hot Girls on the Beach (2011).
9. Jessika Van
Actress | Battlefield 4
Jessika Van started in music as a classically-trained pianist and singer. As a child, she won dance competition titles and music awards that led to her performing for local Philharmonic Society events and the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson.
As an actress, Jessika broke onto the Hollywood scene in ...
11. JuJu Chan
Actress | Wu Assassins
JuJu Chan is a Chinese American actress, best known for her fight action. She graduated with a Masters degree from the prestigious New York University-Tisch School of the Arts (Film/TV). An award winning actress, she's also a martial artist of several styles but is best known for her Taekwon-Do (...
Actress | The Shannara Chronicles
Malese Jow, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has developed into an actress, songstress, and entertainer.
Malese began her acting career in 1999 with McDonald's commercials when the head of advertising heard her sing and booked her in several spots and jingles. Then in 2002, at the ripe age of 11, ...
13. Celina Jade
Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists
Celina Horan, professionally known as Celina Jade, is a Chinese American actress, model, singer/songwriter and martial artist most known for her work as "Shado" in the CW series Arrow. Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary ...
14. Christine Ko
Actress | Tigertail
Christine Ko was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She spent her middle school years in Taipei, Taiwan where she learned to speak mandarin Chinese before returning to Georgia to finish high school and go on to graduate from Georgia State University.
She recently wrapped ...
16. Jenna Ortega
Actress | Iron Man Three
Jenna Marie Ortega was born on September 27, 2002, in Coachella Valley, California. Jenna began acting at the age of nine and, at the time of writing, portrays the role of Harley, a creative engineering prodigy navigating life as the middle child in a family of seven children, in "Stuck in the ...
18. Karen David
Actress | Galavant
From India to Canada, England to America, Karen David has crisscrossed the world making true fans everywhere along the way. With her exotic beauty and multicultural pedigree, of which she includes Chinese, Khasi tribe, and Indian, the actress and singer/songwriter has found equal diversity in her ...
20. 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 ...
21. Lily Ji
Actress | Pacific Rim: Uprising
For more than 20 years, Lily Ji has proven that she's a multi-talented entertainer and creative artist. Originally from Kunming, Yunnan, south west of China, she is a skilled dancer (since the age of 3), singer, model, presenter and actress with a full-time acting degree from the National Institute...
22. Nichole Bloom
Actress | Until Dawn
Prior to booking her films "Model Minority" and "Project X," Nichole has done commercial work and modeled for American Apparel. Although she cannot pinpoint the exact moment she realized she wanted to start acting, Nichole recalls that she loved recreating characters and doing funny voices from a ...
23. Priyanka Chopra
Actress | Baywatch
Priyanka Chopra Jonas (née Chopra) was born on July 18, 1982 in Jamshedpur, India, to the family of Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra and Dr. Madhu Chopra, both Indian Army physicians. She had a very varied upbringing. She started her education at La Martinière Girls College in Lucknow as a resident student; ...
24. Ellen Wong
Actress | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Ellen Wong was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Her first role was on the award winning television series "This Is Wonderland". She is best known for her role as Knives Chau in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World", starring alongside Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jason Schwartzman. She ...
26. 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 ...
28. Calhoun Koenig
Actress | Bennett's Song
Calhoun Koenig came to the US from Northern China at the age of 1 and has lived in New York, Delaware and Michigan. She is passionate about telling great stories, loves dystopian literature, art, and neurosciences. She is a singer, dancer, scuba diver, writer, painter/multi-media artist, and ...
29. Kristin Kreuk
Actress | EuroTrip
Kristin Kreuk was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Deanna Che, who is of Chinese ancestry, and Peter Kreuk, who is of Dutch descent. Her parents are landscape architects. She attended and graduated from Eric Hamber Secondary School. Although she did some stage work in school, she ...
33. Doona Bae
Actress | Cloud Atlas
Doona Bae was born in Seoul, South Korea. Her mother, Hwa-Young Kim, is a stage actress. Bae started out as a model. She soon moved to T.V. and movies, and it proved the right move. Her first movie was The Ring Virus (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Take ...
35. Constance Wu
Actress | Crazy Rich Asians
Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother is a computer programmer and her father is a college professor. Both are Taiwanese immigrants. Constance grew up in Richmond performing in the local community theatre scene. At sixteen, she moved to New York to study at the famed ...
37. Olivia Cheng
Actress | Warrior
Olivia Cheng was born in Edmonton, Alberta. The dynamic actress was born to Cantonese-speaking immigrant parents, who were part of a co-founding group of parents that created the Edmonton Chinese Bilingual Education Association's Mandarin program within the city's public school system. She credits ...
38. Dianne Doan
Actress | Vikings
Dianne Doan (born September 8, 1990) is a Canadian actress.
Doan was born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia to parents of Vietnamese descent. Her grandmother is one-half Chinese making Doan one-eighth Chinese.
She first developed an interest in acting in grade 9 when she took drama classes ...
40. Grace Huang
Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists
With twelve feature films and six television series to her name, Grace represents the best of East meets West. Fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Grace has acted in all three languages on screen in award winning films and blockbusters in the Asia Pacific region and was honored with the Best...