Michelle Krusiec

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Michelle Krusiec
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Krusiec at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
Born Michelle J. Krusiec
(1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 39)
Other names 楊雅慧
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present

Michelle J. Krusiec (Chinese: 楊雅慧; pinyin: Yáng Yǎhuì; born October 2, 1974) is a Taiwanese American actress.

Early life and education[edit]

Born Yáng Yǎhuì in Taiwan,[1] Krusiec was adopted at age 5 by a Taiwanese aunt, her father's elder sister, who had married an American.[2]

Krusiec studied theater at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating with a B.A. in 1996, and later, from the University of Oxford.[3]


Krusiec was recruited to be one of six globe-trotting travel reporters for the Discovery Channel new series called Travelers.[4] Along with Barbara Alvarez, Robin Kipp, Pearce Bunting, Patrick Michael, Foster Soloman, and later Lisa Clark, she traveled to over 50 different locations on the show.[5]

Krusiec played the eighteen year-old Molly O'Brien in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Time's Orphan". Krusiec was a Best Actress nominee in the Golden Horse Film Festival for her performance in a U.S. independent film Saving Face (2005), in which she plays a Chinese American lesbian juggling the demands of her girlfriend and pregnant mother. She also appeared in The Mind of the Married Man as Sachiko, the massage parlor girl who gives "happy endings." She co-starred in the NBC Saturday morning sitcom One World and also played the role of Exquisite Woo on Popular. She played Mei-Ling Hwa Darling, one of the Darling family's daughters-in-law in ABC's highly publicized dramedy, Dirty Sexy Money. She also has a recurring role as "Nadine Park" on Season 4 of Fox's Fringe, and has also appeared on TV shows such as NBC's Community (as "Wu Mei", a love interest of Chevy Chase's character, Pierce Hawthorne), General Hospital as Attorney Grace Yang, The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Emily, Touch as Lanny Cheong, Nip/Tuck as Mei, CSI: Miami as Susan Lee, CSI: NY as Lisa Kim, American Dad as various voices, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Weeds, Without A Trace, Cold Case as Kara, Monk as Maria, ER as Tong-Ye, and Titus as recurring character Nancy.

Krusiec has also starred in a number of feature films including Knife Fight as Shannon, Sunset Stories as Nova, Relative Insanity as Marsha, Far North as Anja, the daughter of Michelle Yeoh's character, What Happens in Vegas as Chong, Cameron Diaz's character's competitive co-worker, The River Murders as Sung Li opposite Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, and Ving Rhames, Take Me Home as Suzanne, Shuffle as Kevin's Mother, and independent film projects including Tanuj Chopra's Nice Girls Crew alongside Lynn Chen and Sheetal Sheth, Shawn Chou's Tomato and Eggs opposite Keiko Agena and Sab Shimono, and Erin Li's L.A. Coffin School opposite Elizabeth Sung and Megan Lee.

Krusiec also wrote, directed, and performed a one-woman show entitled "Made in Taiwan" that premiered in Los Angeles and in New York at the New York International Fringe Festival of Theater, among other venues.[6][7] She has received funding from Visual Communications to develop the play into a feature film.[8][9]

She is also currently touring with the cast of David Henry Hwang's play, Chinglish, in the role of Xi Yian.[10] The first stop of the play is at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, and then the South Coast Repertory (as the play is a joint production between the two theaters), and then to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in Hong Kong. The production of the play is directed by two-time Obie winner Leigh Silverman.[11][12][13]


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  1. ^ Elaine Chan (November 26, 2005). "Up close and personal". The Standard (Hong Kong). Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://theotherasians.com/2011/07/michelle-krusiec/
  3. ^ http://www.michellekrusiec.com/bio.html
  4. ^ Genessee Kim, Michelle Krusiec: The Big Screen's Chameleon Sweetheart, http://goldsea.com/Personalities/Krusiecm/krusiecm1.html
  5. ^ Id.
  6. ^ Made in Taiwan official website
  7. ^ Kim, Nancy. Made in Taiwan Theater Review
  8. ^ VC Film Development Fund, Michelle Krusiec, http://asianfilmfestla.org/2012/vc-film-development-fund/
  9. ^ Michelle Krusiec, The Process, Somebody Picked Me or The VC Film Fund, http://www.michellekrusiec.com/blog/2012/05/somebody-picked-me-or-the-vc-film-fund/
  10. ^ Michelle Krusiec, The Process, Chinglish, http://www.michellekrusiec.com/blog/tag/chinglish/
  11. ^ Monica Turner, In Photos: 'Chinglish' at Berkeley Repertory Theater, http://www.michellekrusiec.com/blog/tag/chinglish/
  12. ^ Chinglish, Berkeley Repertory Theater, http://www.berkeleyrep.org/season/1213/6323.asp
  13. ^ Berkeley Rep, News Release, Broadway's Chinglish Makes West Coast Premiere at Berkeley Rep, http://www.berkeleyrep.org/press/pr/1213/Berkeley_Rep_Chinglish.pdf

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