Top 40 Asian Actresses Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywood

by AsianTalentHollywood | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

August 2019 Update

1. Sophia Ali

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

Sophia Ali was born on November 7, 1995 in San Diego, California, USA as Sophia Taylor Ramseyer Ali. She is an actress and writer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) and Everybody Wants Some!! (2016).

2. Awkwafina

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 ...

3. Karen Fukuhara

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, ...

8. Kelly Marie Tran

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 ...

10. Natalie Jongjaroenlarp

Actress | Z Nation

Natalie Jongjaroenlarp is an actress, known for Z Nation (2014), Criminal Minds (2005) and The Pragmatist.

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 (...

12. Melise

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 ...

15. Parveen Kaur

Actress | Manifest

Parveen Kaur is an actress, known for Manifest (2018), The Strain (2014) and Through Black Spruce (2018).

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 ...

17. Kara Wang

Actress | Top Gun: Maverick

Kara Wang is an actress and producer, known for Top Gun: Maverick (2020), Good Trouble (2019) and Shanghai Calling (2012).

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 ...

19. Rila Fukushima

Actress | 1,000,000 yen no Onnatachi

Rila Fukushima is an actress, known for 1,000,000 yen no Onnatachi (2017).

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 ...

25. Anna Akana

Actress | Miss 2059

Anna Akana was born on August 18, 1989 in the USA as Anna Kay Akana. She is an actress and producer, known for Miss 2059 (2016), Ant-Man (2015) and 10 Second Traumas (2011).

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 ...

27. Arden Cho

Actress | Teen Wolf

Arden Cho was born on August 16, 1985 in Amarillo, Texas, USA as Arden Lim Cho. She is an actress and producer, known for Teen Wolf (2011), Chicago Med (2015) and The Honor List (2018).

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 ...

30. Greta Lee

Actress | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Greta Lee was born on March 7, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Greta Jiehan Lee. She is an actress and writer, known for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), St. Vincent (2014) and Sisters (2015).

31. Linda Ngo

Actress | Top of the Lake

Linda Ngo is an actress, known for Top of the Lake (2013), Mako Mermaids (2013) and The Furies (2019).

32. Ann Truong

Actress | Strike Back

Ann Truong is an actress, known for Strike Back (2010), Romper Stomper (2018) and Hard Target 2 (2016).

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 ...

34. Claudia Kim

Actress | Avengers: Age of Ultron

Claudia Kim was born on January 25, 1985 in South Korea as Kim Soo-hyun. She is an actress, known for Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), The Dark Tower (2017) and Equals (2015).

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 ...

36. Alisa Allapach

Actress | The 15:17 to Paris

Alisa Allapach is an actress, known for The 15:17 to Paris (2018), Office Uprising (2018) and Kingdom (2014).

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 ...

39. Victoria Park

Actress | The Flash

Victoria Park was born on April 14, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Brittany Victoria Park. She is an actress and cinematographer, known for The Flash (2014), Plus One (2019) and Everything Before Us (2015).

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...



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