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Mei Melançon Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Manila, Philippines
Nickname Meizy
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Meiling Melançon was born to a Chinese/Japanese father and French mother, but was raised by her step-father who is American. Her childhood was spent in countries in Asia and Europe. At the age of five she learned to play guitar and was in a Summer children's band called The Blossoms that toured around Japan. In her early teens, her family moved to the United States for the first time. She originally was aiming to pursue a career in Law. However, things changed when at the age of 18, her friend submitted her to the renowned modeling agency Kim Dawson in Dallas, Texas. Thus began a successful career as a model in both print and commercials. To date, she has appeared in over 75 commercials worldwide. From the advertising side, casting directors started calling her in for theatrical roles. Her first booked, being a small role as "Girl in Car" with then Hong Kong star Maggie Q. She soon booked guest starring roles in shows such as CSI and Deadwood. Mei realized early on the necessity of practice in order to be a truly free, authentic actor and has trained extensively for the last 12 years under Larry Moss and Nancy Banks.

She has played an eclectic group of characters in both film and television. More roles followed in The L Word's last season as the popular character "Jamie Chen"; as Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand; as "Miyu", Kevin Spacey's assistant in Shrink, as Lynda in the HK-shot film Irreversi; as Dr. Catherine Ivy in the psychological thriller/horror film Pathology with Milo Ventimiglia. Mei also starred as Lotus Long in the biopic Keye Luke, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In the warm-hearted comedy, Blumenthal she played Scottish actor Brian Cox's niece, which premiered in 2013 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Most recently she starred in the Di Boneventura produced Sci-fi Higher Power opposite Ron Eldard. She co-wrote and acted in the Americana thriller American Romance in 2014. The 3D Sci-fi thriller Shockwave Darkside premiered in August at the London Film4 Frightfest where she played a Sergeant named The Machine.

In 2013, Mei decided to put acting on the back-burner to focus on the creative side. She directed a short film Cafe On A Staircase; wrote a comedy short Inner Beauty, starring Liz Carey and Victoria's Secret model Frankie Rayder for Funnyordie.com; Co-wrote a short film entitled Stephany + Me with Ben Duhl co-starring Tara Summers which won an audience award at the Palm Spring Film Festival.

Mei produced a PSA starring comedian Todd Glass called Is It? Which won a student Emmy and has been covered by The Huffington Post, Perez Hilton, and Upworthy, among other news outlets.

As a creator, Mei has numerous projects in development. Including, Fallen 8 which is based on the 8 Immortals of Chinese legend. She is also a freelance writer for Giant Robot Magazine.

She resides in Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Asian Entertainment Group

Trivia (12)

Is of Japanese, Chinese, French, and Native American descent.
Practices Wushu Kung Fu
Model for 5 years before she began acting with the Wilhelmina modeling agency.
Has modeled for Aveda, Oyster among others.
Has played guitar since she was five & was in a children's band called 'Blossoms' in Japan where she grew up.
Trained at Stella Adler and Larry Moss Studios
Loves the classic films of Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan.
Melançon is her mother's maiden name.
When she was 16, her brother's friend showed her a comic book featuring none other than the exotic villainess Psylocke. Fast-forward a decade, and she's ready for action in motorcycle pants, boots, armbands, and a leather corset - a sci-fi look she describes as "really hot and rad."
Her favorite writers are Haruki Murakami, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Walt Whitman.
Her name, Mei Melançon, is pronounced "May Mel-lon-son".
Studies with acting coach Nancy Banks in Los Angeles.

Personal Quotes (4)

When I put the outfit on, it empowered me. I felt a lot fiercer. - On her role as Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
I have a hard time advertising myself - being I'm this and I'm that. I'm not comfortable posing in front of a camera when it's just me. I'm learning to be gracious with the attention. I don't really like it. Why do people care? (TDink.com)
... I love anime films like Miyazaki's Spirited Away and I do love sci-fi, both anime and live action. I feel like so much is possible when you take away the confines of current invention - if that makes sense - and open it up to what might be coming in the future or in an alternate world. It's thrilling. The Martian Chronicles was a TV miniseries that did that for me when I was younger in Japan. I was so excited to be in Shockwave Darkside for this reason; my character The Machine has lived on the moon her whole life and it was a fun challenge to get into making this sci-fi world into a reality for me.
But honestly - from a personal place - I was pretty happy to be in the movie in whatever capacity. (On her feelings of playing Psylocke in X3)

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