Actor & CEO - Renegade Nerd Entertainment
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.
I always know her to be a strong actress.
Tamara Hunter, Head of Feature Casting at Sony Pictures Entertainment Iron Man, Kick-Ass, Agents of SHIELD (ABC), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hidden Figures
“After training Claire for a few months, the difference I've seen with her is incredible. She’s stronger now physically and mentally. She works hard at her dream and all of that hard work has been paying off! I love the energy and go-getter attitude Claire brings to everything!”
Thekla Hutyrova, StuntwomanFear The Walking Dead (AMC), Logan, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Deadpool 2
Great instincts and fun to watch!
Rich Delia, Casting Director Prisoners, Dallas Buyers Club, The Judge, IT, Shazam!
Claire Lanay is a talented actress with a wonderful acerbic quality covering great emotional sensitivity. She'd be an asset to any production and turn in a performance that will be memorable, powerful -- and fun!
Marc Zicree, Writer/Producer Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5, Sliders
Claire did a great job reading for us. One of the best… she had an intelligence to her that was innate.
Kristen Dalton, Actress/Producer The Dead Zone, The Departed, Jack Reacher
Complex, sassy, soulful, and sensitive.
Mark Teschner, Casting Director General Hospital (ABC)
Brings a unique, distinct quality to every audition.