Ellen Wong

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Ellen Wong
Ellen Wong by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born 1984/1985 (age 29–30)[1]
Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Ellen Wong is a Canadian actress, known for her role as Knives Chau in the film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and as Jill "Mouse" Chen in The CW's series The Carrie Diaries.

Life and career[edit]

Wong was born in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, to parents of Cambodian descent. Wong began acting in community theatre while attending L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute and worked in a variety of TV production jobs starting at the age of 14.[1] She later studied radio and television arts at Ryerson University. Wong continued acting while at Ryerson and in 2005, she landed a role in the TV series This Is Wonderland followed by Runaway the next year.[2] She also studies taekwondo but had to stop sparring competitively due to her acting schedule.[3] Wong's martial arts background helped her land the role of Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World in October 2009.[4] She auditioned for the part three times. On her second audition director Edgar Wright was surprised to find out that she had a green belt in taekwondo and was intrigued by this "sweetfaced young lady being a secret badass".[5] Wong expressed that the role of Knives Chau caught her eye because "it's not every day that as an Asian female, [you get] to be able to read a role that's empowering, that has a great arc, and that's so integral to the story as a whole."[6] Before Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Wong also appeared in the TV show, Unnatural History.[7]

In 2011, Wong had a recurring role as Nurse Suzy Chao in the Global/ABC series Combat Hospital.[8] In January 2012, she was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female for her work portraying an illegal immigrant smuggled across the ocean in a shipping container in the short film Silent Cargo.[9] In February 2012, Wong landed a role in the Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, playing Jill "Mouse" Thompson, Carrie’s best friend from high school who is described as pragmatic, bright and super loyal.[10] In April 2012, it was reported that she had joined the cast of Silent Night, a loose remake of the 1984 horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Knives Chau
2011 Silent Cargo Daiyu Short film
2012 Silent Night Brenda
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2005 This Is Wonderland Amy Li Season 2, episode 5
2006 Runaway Macy Episode: "End Game"
2010 Unnatural History Hoshi Episode: "Heart of a Warrior"
2011 Combat Hospital Major Suzy Chao 12 episodes
2013–2014 Carrie Diaries, TheThe Carrie Diaries Jill "Mouse" Chen Main cast; 26 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Linda Barnard (2010-08-13). "Ellen Wong: Toronto actress gets her Knives out". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  2. ^ Bob Thompson (2010-08-16). "Ellen Wong plays to ADD generation: Actress stars opposite Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World". Canada.com. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  3. ^ Lynn Barker. "Scott Pilgrim's ladies dish: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ellen Wong". SheKnows. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  4. ^ Edward Douglas (2010-05-25). "On the Set of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Ellen Wong/Knives Chau". Superhero Hype!. Retrieved 2010-08-15. 
  5. ^ Swerdloff, Alexis (July 16, 2010). "The Girls of Summer". Paper. Retrieved July 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Living Life on the Edge: an interview with Scott Pilgrim actress Ellen Wong". Asia Pacific Arts. 2010-11-18. 
  7. ^ Dennis Ivarsson (2010-08-13). "Scott Pilgrim vs. Ellen Wong". MovieMaker. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  8. ^ "Ellen Wong". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  9. ^ Calum, Shanlin (2012-01-31). "Ellen Wong on Her ACTRA Award Nomination". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2012-02-27). "Pilots ‘Only Fools & Horses’, ‘Carrie Diaries’ & ‘Zero Hour’ Add To Casts". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  11. ^ Miska, Brad (2012-04-19). "Full Cast For Santa Slasher ‘Silent Night’". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 

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