As is the case for many actors, artists and gypsies, I have worked a ton of paycheck jobs including, though not limited to: hotel auditor, graveyard shift security and medical alarm dispatching, call center concierge, property management admin, law firm receptionist, talent agency intern, Directors Guild of America residuals processor, strip club cashier and auto parts delivery driver. What can I say? Sacrifices have to be made and sometimes you gotta do some crazy shit in order to survive and get to where you want to be.
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Vietnamese immigrants. While my brothers went into practical and typically “Asian fields of study” such as Finance and Technology, I decided to be Ta-Da!… an actor. After leaving Hawaii at an early age with my folks, I have since lived all over the country in places like Hesston, KS, Eugene, OR, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Atlanta, GA. Transition, upheaval and adapting to new environments have all become second nature to me.
To say I’ve got a complicated relationship with my family is nothing short of an understatement. Even so, I’d hate to think that they came to this country after surviving the horrors of a freakin’ war only to see their daughter pretending to be the nail salon girl, the massage parlor girl or the me-love-you-long-time girl. Maybe there are some actresses who would love to be pigeon-holed as the rape victim, sweat shop worker or dead body in a shipping container deemed a tragic case of human trafficking. Not me.
I can’t wait for the day when meaty roles that depict cerebral, articulate, formidable, determined, badass, ethnically diverse women are more commonplace. Sweet, though not artificially refined. Guarded, yet vulnerable. A bitch on wheels with a heart of gold. Intelligent, driven, ambitious and feisty as all hell. If I happen to be the one playing those characters – even better.
So if you’re in the market for casting a tenacious and passionate performer who’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring great stories to life, look no further. You found me.