Amy Okuda

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Amy Okuda
Amy Okuda in July 2012.jpg
Okuda in July 2012
Born Amy Kei Okuda
(1989-03-06) March 6, 1989 (age 28)
Torrance, California
Nationality American
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present

Amy Kei Okuda[1] (born March 6, 1989) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Tinkerballa in the web series The Guild (2007–2013).

Early life[edit]

Okuda was born in Torrance, California. Her early years focused on basketball, which she played from the age of five.[2] She began dancing in the seventh grade and took up acting a few years later.[2]

Career[edit]

She has appeared in television commercials and music videos as a dancer. She has modeled in print ads for Apple laptops and Verizon, has been in commercials for Shoe Carnival and Japanese soft-drink company Suntory, and done voice-over work for AT&T.

In 2007 she landed a role in the TV show Californication with David Duchovny. Also in 2007, Okuda got the role of Tinkerballa in The Guild, her first recurring role. As of the end of season four, she has been in all of the show's episodes, with the exception of a few Season 3 episodes where her character was mentioned but not seen.

In 2010, she appeared in a short educational film about the Spitzer Space Telescope.[3] While flying to Saturn, she observes a giant ring newly discovered in 2009 by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

In 2011, she appeared in the Break.com original music video "Tonight, I'm Frakking You" which is a science fiction and video game parody of the song "Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)" by Enrique Iglesias. In the video, she appears along with Alessandra Torresani, Kunal Nayyar, and Matthew Brown.

In November 2011, she was cast in a horror-social satire film titled Chastity Bites.[4] She will be playing queen bee "mean girl" Ashley Thorne.

In June 2012, she played as Samantha in YouTube channel's YOMYOMF BFF series. Later that month, Amy played a recurring role in the web series Away We Happened on the YouTube channel Wong Fu Productions. The film starred Jen Chae and Victor Kim.

On April 2013, she appeared in the episode "The Bachelor" of The Middle (season 4, episode 19) as Sue's Tennis opponent, and on the Tabletop web series.

On March 25, 2014, she appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine's season finale "Charges and Specs" (season 1, episode 22) as Sgt. Terry Jeffords' former girlfriend. 2014 starred in José Manuel Cravioto Horror thriller film Reversal, along Keith Johnson and Bianca Malinowski.[5]

In 2015, she appeared in Season 2 of Shonda Rhimes' television drama series How To Get Away With Murder on ABC. Okuda also appeared as Christine Tanaka in two episodes of the acclaimed television series adapted from Philip K. Dick's novel The Man in the High Castle which was described by Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly as "serious-minded sci-fi that's stylish and strange and soulful" and praised by Robert Bianco of USA Today as "the best new drama of the season."[6][7][8]

In 2016, Okuda was cast in the Netflix comedy television series Atypical, which debuted on August 11, 2017.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Do You Wanna Date My Avatar Tinkerballa Video short
2010 Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds Captain Short film
2011 Elf Sabers Elf Amy
2012 It Has Begun: Bananapocalypse Herself
2013 Chastity Bites Ashley
It's Dark Here Mean Girl
2014 Operation Barn Owl Amy Short film
House Meeting Ghost Maid
2015 The Wedding Ringer Lurch's Wife Marci
Bound to Vengeance Captive Girl 1
Hello, My Name is Doris Des
If the Internet Was a High School Kotaku Video short
2016 The Sibling Code Sheryl Short film
All Exchanges Final Erin
2017 Liked Amanda Post-Production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007–2013 The Guild Tinkerballa Web series; Main role; 57 episodes
2007 Californication Mia's Classmate 1 episode
2011 B-Sides Unknown
2012 Jane By Design Asian Girl
My Gimpy Life Amy
Shake It Up! Hideko Wantanabe
Bite Me Zombie Kelly 5 episodes
BFFs Sam 6 episodes
Away We Happened Lynn
The Flog Guest/Host 2 episodes
2013, 16 TableTop Guest 3 episodes
2013 The Middle Opponent Guest roles; 1 episode
Crash & Bernstein Slater
2014 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chiaki
Grey's Anatomy Chelsea Ansell
Awkward Cammie
Bleach Rolando Television movie
2015 A to Z Becky 1 episode
The Man in the High Castle Christine Tanaka 2 episodes
Entertainment Weekly Herself Television special
2015–2016 How to Get Away with Murder Catherine Hapstall 11 episodes
2016 Scream Queens Anna Plaisance 1 episode
2016–present The Good Place Jessica/Gayle Recurring role
2017–present Atypical Julia Sasaki Main role; 8 episodes
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chiaki Guest role; 1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at Family Tree Legends
  2. ^ a b Kai, Raven (December 22, 2008). "Amy Okuda: The Guild's Tinkerballa". Interview. ÜberSciFiGeek. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds". Caltech. May 25, 2010. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  4. ^ "Chastity Bites official Facebook". November 18, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  5. ^ "Reversal". November 18, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  6. ^ "IMDb". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  7. ^ Jensen, Jeff (November 12, 2015). "The Man In the High Castle: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  8. ^ Bianco, Robert (November 20, 2015). "Review: 'Castle,' 'Jessica' create fantastical worlds". USA Today. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2016-10-17). "Netflix Greenlights 'Atypical' Series From 'The Goldbergs' Duo; Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist & Michael Rapaport To Star". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  10. ^ Nemetz, Dave (July 18, 2017). "Atypical Trailer: An Autistic Teen Needs Some Lovin' in Netflix's New Comedy". TVLine. 

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