Kelly Hu

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Kelly Hu
Kelly Hu on April 10, 2013 (by May S.Young).jpg
Hu at From Scotland with Love Fashion Show in New York City, April 2013
Born Kelly Ann Hu
(1968-02-13) February 13, 1968 (age 46)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, and voice artist
Years active 1987–present
Website
kellyhu.com

Kelly Ann Hu (simplified Chinese: 胡凯丽; traditional Chinese: 胡凱麗; pinyin: Hú Kǎilì; born February 13, 1968) is an American actress, former fashion model, and voice artist. She was Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu is best known for her role as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach (1997). She has since starred in numerous TV shows and films including Nash Bridges (1997–1998), The Scorpion King (2002), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), X2 as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike (2003), Underclassman (2005), The Tournament (2009), The Vampire Diaries (2010–2011) and White Frog (2012).

Hu has had recurring roles as China White on the CW series Arrow (2012–2013) and as Abigail Cho on the Syfy series Warehouse 13 (2013–2014).

Early life[edit]

Hu was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, the daughter of Juanita, an engineering drafter for Honolulu, and Herbert Hu, a salesman and exotic bird breeder. Her parents divorced during Hu's childhood.[1] Her brother, Glenn, is a Resource Manager in the United States Army.[2] She is of Native Hawaiian, English American and Chinese American descent.[3] She attended Maʻemaʻe Elementary School and Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.[4]

Hu has held a lifelong interest in singing and dancing and has also been interested in martial arts since her early childhood. Hu's cousin was a successful model in Japan, and Hu decided to follow her example. Kelly Hu won the title of Miss Hawaii Teen USA and competed in the Miss Teen USA 1985 pageant, becoming the Miss Teen USA pageant's third titleholder in history and its first Asian American winner. Hu has mentioned in interviews that her mother had told her America was not ready for an Asian as such a prominent role model. Ironically enough, she discovered after winning that she was prohibited from appearing in non-contest related activities for the year of her reign, though this rule soon changed in later years.

Career[edit]

Kelly Hu as Miss Hawaii Teen USA 1985

Hu modeled in Japan and Italy, and became well known in the latter as the star of a series of television advertisements for Philadelphia brand cream cheese, playing a young Japanese college student named Kaori.

Hu won the title of Miss Hawaii USA in 1993, becoming the first former Miss Teen USA to win a Miss USA state title. In the 1993 Miss USA pageant, held in Wichita, Kansas, Hu entered the top 10 in second place, after winning the preliminary interview competition and placing second and third, respectively, in swimsuit and evening gown. She then made the top 6 ranked second, winning the top 10 evening gown competition and placing second in swimsuit. She was eliminated in 4th place after the judges' questions, just 2/100 of a point from the final three.

Hu moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career in 1987, with a guest starring role as Mike Seaver's Hawaiian love interest on the sitcom Growing Pains. Hu followed this with appearances on various television series, including Night Court," Tour of Duty, 21 Jump Street and Melrose Place. Her first movie role was in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. In 1995, Hu starred as an undercover police officer in the film No Way Back. Hu was cast as Dr. Rae Chang on Sunset Beach for six months in 1997. Afterwards, she was cast as police officers Michelle Chan in the television series Nash Bridges (1997–1998), and Pei Pei "Grace" Chen on Martial Law (1998–2000). Her subsequent movie appearances include The Scorpion King (2002), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), and X2 (2003) as Yuriko Oyama / Deathstrike.

She was Agent Mia Chen on the last three episodes of the television series Threat Matrix (2004). She also starred in 2005 Underclassman alongside Nick Cannon and in 2006 Americanese, Undoing and Devil's Den. During the first quarter of 2007, she completed filming the film Stilletto, and after that, Farmhouse.

In January 2007, Hu began appearing in a full-time role on the television series In Case of Emergency. She played Kelly Lee, a Korean American woman who accidentally reunites with her high school classmates and realizes none of them grew up according to their high school plans. The show did not have a successful run, being cancelled after airing 12 episodes and leaving its season finale un-aired. the same years she appeared in films The Air I Breathe and Shanghai Kiss.

In the fall of 2009, she appeared in the film The Tournament as Lai-Lai Zhen. In April 2009, Hu developed the character JIA for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. She was the first guest actor to cross over between the television series NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS, playing Lee Wuan Kai in a two-episode arc within both series. In spring of 2010, Kelly Hu played Pearl, a vampire, on the CW television series Vampire Diaries.[5]

In fall of 2010, Hu began a recurring role on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0. In 2012, Hu was cast in the role of Karai in the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She commented: "It wouldn't quite be the first time I played a ninja, I think. Yeah, I don't know why people think I'm dangerous, but for some reason, I keep getting these roles for the ninja, assassin, bodyguard, bad-girl type."[6] In 2013, she joined the cast of the series Warehouse 13 as Abigail Cho, the new owner of the Warehouse-connected B&B.

She provided voice talents for the popular video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords as Visas Marr, the Sith woman who joins the Jedi Exile's party. Hu has been featured twice in Maxim magazine (May 2002 and May 2005).

Personal life[edit]

She is an avid poker fan and has frequently taken part in competitions such as the World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour, including the WPT Celebrity Charity match on March 3, 2008.[7] She was part of HollywoodPoker.com's "Celebrity Poker Night" on May 30, 2006,[8] and in July 2006 placed in the top 200 in the World Series of Poker Ladies Tournament, besting nearly 1,000 other competitors.[9]

Activism[edit]

Kelly Hu in September 2010

Hu has supported the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment[10] and in 2004 starred in a public service announcement for them entitled "The Least Likely"[11] to encourage young Asian Americans to register and vote.

In 2007, Hu was a driver in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race a national fund-raising program supporting children’s hospitals throughout the United States.[12] In April 2011, Hu was a celebrity host for Save the Children's "Caring for Japan's Keiki" a benefit for Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.[13][14] Also in 2011 she hosted a Celebrity Poker Tournament[15] in support for Best Buddies International, a charity to which she has given support for several years.[16][17]

In January 2008, Hu participated in a video for Barack Obama produced by will.i.am called "Yes We Can".[18] She campaigned for Obama in Hawaii in the run-up to the February 19, 2008 Democratic caucuses.[19] In February 2008, Hu also appeared in another viral video in support of Obama, "Sí Se Puede Cambiar", written and performed by Andrés Useche, directed by Eric Byler. She was the emcee of the Asian American Action Fund's annual fundraiser on June 10, 2008.[20][21][22]

Hu has been active to protect the Hawaiian ecology. She supported[23] Reef Check Hawaii[24] by running in and successfully completing the Honolulu Marathon to raise awareness for the organization. She also gave support to the Shark Fin Ban which took effect in Hawaii July 2010.[25] This made it illegal to possess, sell, or distribute shark fins in Hawaii.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Eva Watanabe
1991 Doors, TheThe Doors Dorothy
1991 Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man Suzie
1993 Surf Ninjas Ro-May
1995 No Way Back Seiko Kobayashi
1995 Strange Days Anchor woman
1996 Star Command Ens. Yukiko Fujisaki Television film
1997 Fakin' da Funk Kwee-Me
2002 Scorpion King, TheThe Scorpion King Cassandra
2003 Cradle 2 the Grave Sona
2003 X2 Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike
2004 Librarian: Quest for the Spear, TheThe Librarian: Quest for the Spear Lana Television film
2005 Underclassman Lisa Brooks
2005 Mayday Sharon Crandall Television film
2006 Americanese Brenda Nishitani
2006 Undoing Vera
2006 Devil's Den Caitlin
2007 Shanghai Kiss Micki Yang
2007 Succubus: Hell-Bent Detective Pei Direct-to-video
2007 Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe Jiyoung
2008 Stiletto Detective Hanover
2008 Dead Space: Downfall Shen Voice; direct-to-video
2008 Farm House Lilith
2008 Dim Sum Funeral Cindy
2009 Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword Miyumi/Miss Mirimoto Voice; direct-to-video
2009 Tournament, TheThe Tournament Lai Lai Zhen
2010 Batman: Under the Red Hood Ms. Li Voice; direct-to-video
2011 What Women Want Girl in lotto commercial
2011 Almost Perfect Vanessa Lee
2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Laira Voice; direct-to-video
2011 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension Stacy Hirano Voice; television film
2012 White Frog May Chung
2013 Haumana, TheThe Haumana Linda
2013 They Die by Dawn N/A Short film
2014 High School Exorcism Denise Brady Post-production
2014 Age of Tomorrow Post-production
2014 Beyond the Game Post-production
2014 Death Valley Greenstreet Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987–1988 Growing Pains Melia 3 episodes
1988 Night Court Krista 2 episodes
1989 Tour of Duty Vietnamese DJ Episode: "Saigon: Part 2"
1989 21 Jump Street Kim Van Luy Episode: "The Dragon and the Angel"
1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special Emily Episode: "American Eyes"
1993 Raven Pele Episode: "Heat"
1994 Burke's Law Dawn Episode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
1994 Melrose Place Andrea Episode: "Parting Glances"
1994 Renegade Kathy Maruyama Episode: "Black Wind"
1995 Maybe This Time Jennifer Episode: "Please Re-Lease Me"
1996 Murder One Natalie Cheng 2 episodes
1996 Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel Christine Episode: "Cypher"
1996 One West Waikiki Dr. Midori Episode: "Battle of the Titans"
1996 Pacific Blue Wendy Trang Episode: "The Enemy Within"
1996 Mr. & Mrs. Smith Ms. Jones Episode: "The Second Episode"
1997 Sunset Beach Rae Chang Role held: January 7 – June 5, 1997
1997–1998 Nash Bridges Insp. Michelle Chan Main cast (seasons 3–4); 14 episodes
1998 Malcolm & Eddie Wendy Episode: "Car Trouble"
1998–2000 Martial Law Grace "Pei Pei" Chen Main cast; 44 episodes
2003 Boomtown Rachel Durrel 2 episodes
2004 Threat Matrix Agent Mia Chen 3 episodes
2005–2006 CSI: NY Detective Kaile Maka 4 episodes
2005–2008 Robot Chicken Various voices 5 episodes
2006 Las Vegas Natalie Ko Episode: "Died in Plain Sight"
2007 In Case of Emergency Kelly Lee Main cast; 13 episodes
2007 Afro Samurai Okiku Voice (English dub); episode: "The Dream Reader"
2007–present Phineas and Ferb Stacy Hirano Voice; 84 episodes
2008–2009 Army Wives Jordana Davis 4 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kelly Sun Episode: "Smut"
2009 Numbers Alice Chen Episode: "Trouble in Chinatown"
2009 Spectacular Spider-Man, TheThe Spectacular Spider-Man Sha Shan Nguyen 5 episodes
2009 In Plain Sight Jane Kwan/Ahn Li Episode: "Let's Get It Ahn"
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles Lee Wuan Kai Episode: "Killshot"
2009 NCIS Lee Wuan Kai Episode: "Endgame"
2010–Present Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Pearl 8 episodes
2010–2011 Hawaii Five-0 Laura Hills 3 episodes
2011–2013 Young Justice Cheshire, Paula Crock, Lian Nguyen-Harper Voice; 10 episodes
2011 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Angie Salinger Episode: "Bittersweet"
2012 Fairly Legal Lydia Episode: "Shine a Light"
2012 Breakout Kings Kendra Park Episode: "SEALd Fate"
2012–2013 Castle Scarlet Jones 2 episodes
2012–2013 Arrow Chien Nawei / China White 6 episodes
2013–present Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Oroku Karai/Hamato Miwa Voice 11 episodes
2013–2014 Warehouse 13 Abigail Cho 6 episodes
2014 100, TheThe 100 Callie "Cece" Cartwig Episode: "Pilot"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2012 "Outta My Head" Daughtry Leading woman

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II – The Sith Lords Visas Marr Voice
2008 Fracture N/A Voice
2008 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Suki Toyama Voice
2009 Afro Samurai Okiku, Osachi Voice
2009 Ninja Blade Ryoko Kurokawa Voice
2009 Terminator Salvation Wells Voice
2012 Sleeping Dogs Inspector Jane Teng Voice
2013 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Karai Voice
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Lady Shiva Voice
2013 Young Justice: Legacy Cheshire Voice

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kelly Hu Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1967-02-13. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  2. ^ "Glenn Hu". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ Official website biography
  4. ^ http://celehollywood.com/kelly-hu-graduated-from-pepperdine-university-in-malibu-california/
  5. ^ ML House (November 30, 2009). "Kelly Hu to Guest Star on The Vampire Diaries". TV Fanatic. 
  6. ^ Exclusive: Interview with Kelly Hu on TMNT, Arrow, Surf Ninjas, Michael Bay and braces - Nerd Reactor
  7. ^ World Poker Tour Celebrity Charity - Commerce Casino by Manoj Gera, March 2008. Retrieved March 14, 2008
  8. ^ Celebrity Poker Night with Kelly Hu, May 25th 2006. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  9. ^ Sunday July 16, 2006 entry. Retrieved March 14, 2008.
  10. ^ "New GOTV PSA From CAUSE Features Kelly Hu, George Takei". apaforprogress.org. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  11. ^ "The Least Likely". The Least Likely. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Toyota Motorsports > Toyota Pro/Celebrity > History". Toyotaracing.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  13. ^ "On the Scene - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser". Staradvertiser.com. 2011-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Blog Post". Trump Waikiki. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  15. ^ "Celebrity Poker Tournament at Bartels' Route 66 in Marina Del Rey, CA: The Kelly Hu/Best Buddies Second Annual Charity Poker Tournament Rocked the House". Prweb.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  16. ^ "Best Buddies International". Bestbuddies.org. 2011-08-16. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  17. ^ "Best Buddies International". Bestbuddies.org. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  18. ^ February 02, 2008 (2008-02-02). "Yes We Can - Barack Obama Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  19. ^ Chelsea Clinton, Kelly Hu campaign on Oahu, The Honolulu Advertiser
  20. ^ "AAA-Fund Makes Politico!". Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  21. ^ Schroeder Mullins, Anne (2008-06-11). "Random assortment of stuff". Washington, DC: Politico. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  22. ^ "Kelly Hu for Asian American Action Fund 2008" (Video). Washington, DC: Asian American Action Fund. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  23. ^ "Kelly Hu Lends Star Power To Protect Hawaii's Reefs - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  24. ^ "Reef Check Hawaii - www.reefcheckhawaii.org -Home Page". www.reefcheckhawaii.org. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  25. ^ The Humane Society of the United States (2010-07-01). "Aloha, Shark Fin : The Humane Society of the United States". Humanesociety.org. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Heather Hays
Miss Hawaii USA
1993
Succeeded by
Nadine Tanega
Preceded by
Malia Yamamura
Miss Hawaii Teen USA
1985
Succeeded by
Michelle Hardin
Media offices
Preceded by
Marcia Strassman and Angela Visser
Miss Teen USA color commentator
(with Leeza Gibbons)

19901991
Succeeded by
Leeza Gibbons and Bridgette Wilson
Preceded by
Leeza Gibbons and Bridgette Wilson
Miss Teen USA color commentator
(with Arthel Neville)

1993
Succeeded by
Daisy Fuentes and Jamie Solinger