Top 43 Rising Asian American Actors to Watch For In Hollywood

by edwardhong | created - 05 Oct 2014 | updated - 03 Nov 2014 | Public

#1 - Keep in mind that the ranking has no importance so if someone is #1, it doesn't mean any more than the person at #43.

#2 - The list is ENTIRELY subjective (to drive that point home, I added myself at the very bottom) and will change on a monthly basis.

The top 43 Asian American actors who have yet to be established but are on the up and coming based on their talent, work ethic, and their credits. Age will not be a factor nor do I care about their StarMeter ranking. I am not including actors that are already established with a TV show or have been in multiple major films in prominent roles (this counts out Maggie Q, Steven Yeun, Jamie Chung, Harry Shum Jr., and whatnot).

1. Tim Chiou

Actor | Silicon Valley

Tim Chiou was born on November 23, 1979 in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on Silicon Valley (2014), American Koko (2017) and iZombie (2015).

2. VyVy Nguyen

Actress | Young Sheldon

VyVy Nguyen is an actress and writer, known for Young Sheldon (2017), Parenthood (2010) and The Mindy Project (2012).

3. Samantha Cutaran

Actress | Criminal Minds

Samantha Cutaran is an actress and production manager, known for Criminal Minds (2005), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and House (2004).

4. Jimmy O. Yang

Actor | Patriots Day

Jimmy O. Yang is a stand-up comedian and actor. He stars as Jian-Yang on HBO's Silicon Valley (2014), Bernard Tai in the film Crazy Rich Asians and as real-life hero Dun Meng in the film Patriots Day (2016). As a stand-up, he performed on The Arsenio Hall Show and received a rare standing ovation. ...

5. Kenzo Lee

Actor | Monarch of the Moon

Kenzo Lee is an American actor. He has been seen in How I Met Your Mother (2005), Happy Endings (2011), Extant (2014), A Leading Man (2013), and Baby (2007). He was born and raised in Oakland, California. He graduated from UC San Diego and the British American Drama Academy. He has been seen in ...

6. Parvesh Cheena

Actor | Outsourced

Parvesh Cheena was born on July 22, 1979 in Naperville, Illinois, USA as Parvesh Singh Cheena. He is an actor and producer, known for Outsourced (2010), Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011) and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015).

7. Teresa Huang

Actress | Criminal Minds

Teresa Huang was raised to be a doctor but born to be an artist. A genuine MIT graduate, she gave up problem sets and thermodynamics to become a writer, actor, and producer. Her parents are still scratching their heads. Teresa is a graduate of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program and was named a WGA ...

8. Hong Chau

Actress | Watchmen

Hong Chau (born 1979) is an American actress known for her appearance in the US film Downsizing (2017) as Vietnamese amputee and political activist Ngoc Lan Tran. For her performance, she was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, the Screen Actors Guild ...

9. Faye Viviana

Actress | Longmire

Originally raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Faye Viviana's first passion was dance. At age 15, she moved to New York City to study at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre as a full scholarship student. While she was 16, she was invited to join the American Ballet ...

10. Feodor Chin

Actor | Overwatch

Feodor Chin was born on August 18, 1974 in San Francisco, California, USA as Feodor B. Chin. He is an actor and writer, known for Overwatch (2016) and World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria (2012).

11. Kelvin Han Yee

Actor | Grey's Anatomy

Kelvin Han Yee is an American actor of Asian decent who's career spans over 30 years of film, television and theater. He was discovered by the American Conservatory Theatre working as a bouncer but then went on to act at regional theaters like Oregon Shakespeare Festival at Ashland, Berkeley ...

12. Jona Xiao

Actress | Gifted

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 ...

13. Tom Choi

Actor | Truth or Dare

Tom Choi was born in Taegu, South Korea and moved to Des Moines, Iowa when he was four years old. After graduating high school, Tom moved to Seattle, Washington where he graduated from The University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Drama. Moving to Los Angeles, he has continued to act in ...

14. Lynn Chen

Actress | Saving Face

Lynn Chen began performing on the Lincoln Center Stage at the age of 5. She made her movie debut in Sony Pictures Classic's Saving Face, a role that won her the title of "Outstanding Newcomer" at the 2006 AXAwards. Since then, she has become a fixture on the film festival circuit - including ...

15. Aaron Takahashi

Actor | Yes Man

Aaron Takahashi is an actor and writer, known for Yes Man (2008), The Wedding Ringer (2015) and Mr. Robot (2015).

16. Osric Chau

Actor | 2012

Osric Chau was born in Vancouver, Canada, to a father from Hong Kong and a mother from Malaysia. He had spent years training martial arts with aspirations to work in stunts when he landed his first leading role alongside the late David Carradine in Kung Fu Killer (2008) that was shot in Hengdian, ...

17. Julie Zhan

Actress | NCIS: Los Angeles

Julie Zhan is an actress and producer, known for NCIS: Los Angeles (2009), Grandfathered (2015) and Wisdom of the Crowd (2017).

18. Kelly Sry

Actor | Mope

Kelly Sry was born on September 29, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Mope (2019), Me and My Grandma (2017) and Awkward. (2011).

19. Sheetal Sheth

Self | The Problem with Apu

Sheetal is an actress, writer, and producer who burst onto the scene with raves in the groundbreaking film, 'ABCD', playing the gutsy lead, a risky and memorable role as a promiscuous young girl struggling with the ties of family and tradition.

She broke out and won hearts in 'Looking for Comedy in ...

20. Jason Rogel

Actor | Raven's Home

Jason Rogel was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University of Long Beach, and also studied at Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

In 2009, he appeared opposite Thomas Middleditch, Rachael Taylor & Lea ...

21. Parry Shen

Actor | General Hospital

Parry Shen was born on June 26, 1973 in Queens, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for General Hospital (1963), Victor Crowley (2017) and Mortal Kombat X (2015). He has been married to Kim Hollands since August 2, 2002. They have two children.

22. Emily Chang

Actress | Total Recall

Emily Chang was born as Emily Chi-Hua Chang. She is an actress and writer, known for Total Recall (2012), The Vampire Diaries (2009) and The Bold Type (2017). She has been married to Alex Rubens since September 22, 2012.

23. Tobit Raphael

Actor | The Internship

Tobit Raphael is an actor, known for The Internship (2013), Quest: The Truth Always Rises (2017) and Saint George (2014).

24. Joy Regullano

Actress | Shake It Off

Joy Regullano is an actress and writer, known for Shake It Off (2015), White Fetish (2014) and I Won't Miss You (2016).

25. Brian Tee

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Brian Tee can be seen as a series regular on the hit NBC television drama "Chicago Med," produced by Dick Wolf. Tee plays "Dr. Ethan Choi," the sexy doctor on rotation who found his calling in medicine while serving in the Navy. He is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who suffers from his own trauma ...

26. Julia Cho

Actress | Larry Crowne

Julia Cho is an actress and producer, known for Larry Crowne (2011), The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (2012) and Eating Out: All You Can Eat (2009).

27. Irene Choi

Actress | Community

Irene Choi is an actress and producer, known for Community (2009), Mozart in the Jungle (2014) and Freaks of Nature (2015).

28. Grace Rowe

Actress | I Am That Girl

Grace Rowe graduated from the Orange County High School of Performing Arts and later UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, but it wasn't until she created her one-woman show, "The Grid Life," that she realized she was also a writer and a producer. After adapting the solo play into the ...

29. Alain Uy

Actor | The Morning Show

Alain Uy is an actor and producer, known for The Morning Show (2019), The Passage (2019) and True Detective (2014).

30. Richard Jin

Actor | Arrested Development

Richard Jin is an actor and writer, known for Arrested Development (2003), Switched at Birth (2011) and Lady Bird (2017).

31. James Huang

Actor | Starting from Scratch

James Huang was born and raised in New York and attended high school and college in New Jersey. He was captain of his high school Varsity football team, played LaCrosse and Wrestled, while learning Taekwondo in the summers. At 17, a full financial-aid scholarship took him to Rutgers University ...

32. Ally Maki

Actress | Toy Story 4

Originally from Kirkland, WA, Japanese-American actress Ally Maki moved to Los Angeles when she was fourteen after being scouted by a talent agent. Upon her arrival in Los Angeles, Ally was signed to Columbia Records in the all-girl band "The Valli Girls". In 2009, Ally was cast as "Dawn" on the ...

33. Mark Daugherty

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Mark Daugherty was born on May 6, 1989 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and producer, known for The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Bayonetta 2 (2014) and The Fosters (2013).

34. Peter Jae

Actor | Blackhat

Peter Jae is known for his work on Blackhat (2015), Call Me King (2017) and The Championship Rounds (2013).

35. Raymond Lee

Actor | Here and Now

Raymond Lee is an actor and writer, known for Here and Now (2018), Top Gun: Maverick (2020) and Mozart in the Jungle (2014).

36. Jully Lee

Actress | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jully Lee is an actress, known for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), This Is Us (2016) and Jane the Virgin (2014).

37. Han Soto

Actor | The Secret

Prior to working in the entertainment industry, Han was a successful businessman in the building trades industry, created and operates a website and branding business, has worked as an independent consultant in corporate Information Technology, and has decades of retail experience.

As a new father ...

38. Susane Lee

Actress | susaneLand

Susane Lee is an actress and producer, known for susaneLand (2017), Snowfall (2017) and The Mindy Project (2012).

39. Lawrence Kao

Actor | Wu Assassins

Born and raised in Hacienda Heights California, Lawrence Kao manifested himself into absolutely anything with his imagination. Eventually leading him towards an interest in pretending, his desire to make believe developed into a love affair for acting, something he wanted to do for a living. After ...

40. Hymnson Chan

Stunts | Avengers: Endgame

Hymnson Chan is known for his work on Avengers: Endgame (2019), Jane the Virgin (2014) and Superstore (2015).

41. Ben Cho

Actor | I'm Sorry.

Ben Cho was born in Queens, New York and have briefly lived in San Francisco and South Korea before settling in Los Angeles, California. While studying to get his bachelor's degree in English, he landed his first theatrical role in the Academy Award winning movie, "The Social Network". Ben is most ...

42. Alice Wen

Actress | Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Alice Wen is an actress and producer, known for Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019), Mr. Student Body President (2016) and Song of Back and Neck (2018).

43. Edward Hong

Actor | Please Stand By

Edward Hong is an actor who constantly loves obsesses over Cinnabons while he dreams of one day vanquishing evil in the form of racial/gender/social injustice on top of a gigantic corgi named Spike. He's also quite the stuffy, easily exasperated intellectual know-it-all who does mean well, if you ...



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