Top 40 Asian Actresses Under 40 to Watch for in Hollywood

by scotteriksson | created - 21 Jul 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

September 2018 Update

1. 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 ...

2. Lana Condor

Actress | X-Men: Apocalypse

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 ...

3. Awkwafina

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Awkwafina was born as Nora Lum. She is an actress, known for Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016) and Ocean's Eight (2018).

4. Christine Ko

Actress | Tigertail

Christine Ko (Ge Xiao Jie) is a Chinese-American actress best known for her role as "Emma" on the CBS hit sitcom The Great Indoors. Ko guest starred on the HBO comedy series Ballers and was recently part of an ensemble cast on Verizon Go90's popular digital series Relationship Status alongside Milo...

5. 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"...

6. 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 ...

7. Elodie Yung

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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 ...

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 (2019) and Sorry for Your Loss (2018).

9. 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 Real World (1992) there, she tried out, and was successful, ...

10. 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 ...

11. JuJu Chan

Actress | Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

JuJu Chan is a Chinese American action star graduated with a Masters degree from the prestigious NYU-Tisch School of the Arts (Film/TV). She is an award winning international movie actress, martial artist, Taekwon-Do (ITF) Hong Kong National athlete and medalist, Thai Boxing Champion, and Hong Kong...

12. 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).

13. Tian Jing

Actress | Kong: Skull Island

Jing Tian graduated from the Beijing Dance Academy and Beijing Film Academy, Department of Chinese Film and Television.

In 2006, Jing Tian released the music EP Who are you with King Sweet music.

Tian starred in 13 episodes of the TV show Yi ge nü ren de shi shi (2009) in 2010. Her acting career...

14. Li Jun Li

Actress | Wu Assassins

Li Jun Li was born in Shanghai and spent a number of years learning Spanish in Bogotá, Colombia before eventually settling in New York City. She attended Fiorello LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts as a Dance major and then discovered her true passion when she switched to ...

15. 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 ...

16. 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 High School. Although she did some stage work in school, she focused ...

17. Kimiko Glenn

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

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 ...

18. 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 ...

19. Priyanka Chopra

Actress | Baywatch

Priyanka Chopra was born 18 July, 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; a short stay at Maria ...

20. Michelle Ang

Actress | Fear the Walking Dead

Michelle is already well known around the world from her work as a regular cast member on the Australian show "Neighbours", "Outrageous Fortune" and the hit teen show "The Tribe".

She won "Best Actress in A Feature Film" at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards 2011 for "My Wedding and Other ...

21. Tao Okamoto

Actress | The Wolverine

Tao Okamoto born in Chiba, Japan on May 22, 1985, known professionally as Tao, is a Japanese actress and model. In 2009, she was one of the faces of Ralph Lauren. She made her film debut in 2013 as Mariko Yashida, the female lead, in The Wolverine (2013). She also had recurring roles in the ...

22. Greta Lee

Actress | St. Vincent

Greta Lee is an actress and writer, known for St. Vincent (2014), Sisters (2015) and Money Monster (2016).

23. 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 ...

24. Rila Fukushima

Actress | 1,000,000 yen no Onnatachi

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

25. 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).

26. Melise

Actress | The Flash

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, ...

27. Natalie Jongjaroenlarp

Actress | Z Nation

Natalie Jongjaroenlarp is an actress, known for Z Nation (2014), Criminal Minds (2005) and April '86 (2010).

28. 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 Ring (1999). Barking Dogs Never Bite (2000) (aka "Barking Dogs Never Bite") and Go-yang-i-leul ...

29. Ellen Wong

Actress | Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Ellen Wong was born in 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 auditioned ...

30. 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).

31. Olivia Cheng

Actress | Arrow

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 ...

32. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

33. 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 ...

34. Grace Huang

Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists

With eight feature films and four television series to her name, Grace Huang represents the best of East meets West. Trilingual in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Grace has worked in award winning films and blockbusters in the Asia Pacific region and was honored with the Best Actress Award at the ...

35. Ann Truong

Actress | Romper Stomper

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

36. Cynthy Wu

Actress | Before I Fall

Cynthy Wu is an actress, known for Before I Fall (2017), The Happytime Murders (2018) and American Vandal (2017).

37. Dianne Doan

Actress | Vikings

Dianne Doan is an actress, known for Vikings (2013), Descendants (2015) and Once Upon a Time (2011).

38. Jona Xiao

Actress | Halt and Catch Fire

This year actress Jona Xiao can be seen in some of the most talked about projects in TV and film. She has quickly become known for her ability to bring characters to life in the comedic world, while seamlessly tapping into her range in dramatic projects. This spring Jona can be seen playing Lijuan ...

39. Paris Berelc

Actress | Alexa & Katie

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 ...

40. Celia Au

Actress | Wu Assassins

Celia Au is an actress and director, known for Wu Assassins (2019), Lodge 49 (2018) and People Places Things (2015).



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