Arden Cho

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Arden Cho
Born (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 34)
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
OccupationModel, actress, singer
Years active2006–present
AgentInnovative Artists
Partner(s)Ryan Higa (2015–present)

Arden Cho (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress, singer and model,[1] best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She starred in the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.

Early life[edit]

Born in Amarillo, Texas to Korean-American parents,[2] Cho spent most of her childhood years in Dallas and her late teenage years in Minnesota.[3] As a child, she was often a target for bullying and was hospitalized twice for injuries after being physically attacked, saying that "I had two teeth knocked out, a chipped tooth, [and] I still wear a wire . . . my entire face was cut up. It was bad. It took me six months to completely recover."[4] Growing up in areas with few ethnic minorities, she was made to feel like an outsider.[4] She attended Apple Valley High School and was a highly involved student,[5] saying that "My parents put me in dance classes, martial arts, sports, spelling bees, painting, music, cello; all sorts of things."[6] It wasn't until she moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where she majored in psychology that she connected with her Asian American background.[6] It was there that she attended her first drama classes and developed an interest in the profession, noting "theater was the first time I felt like I could open up and be someone I could only imagine to be".[6] She also participated in Asian American Association's Fashion Show while attending University of Illinois.

In 2004, Cho entered and won the Miss Korea Chicago competition, giving her the opportunity to take part in the Miss Korea Pageant in Seoul. After graduating in 2007 she spent the summer of that year in Kenya on a two-month humanitarian trip.[6] Upon her return, she decided to move to Los Angeles where she worked odd jobs while trying to pursue a career in acting.[3]


In 2010, the cosmetic brand Clinique announced Cho as the model for their newest advertisement campaign in Asia. The campaign was launched in mid-November 2010. Clinique was reported to have stated that they "selected Cho not because she was Korean, but because she had the beauty to represent Asia".[7][8] Cho modeled for Reebok Korea in 2010 and for Nike Japan in 2008. She has also modeled for Apple and Alexander McQueen and appeared in Vogue, Purple Fashion and Nylon Magazine.[9]

Film and television[edit]

Cho has appeared in films, television series and commercials in the United States and Asia.[10]

In 2011 she appeared in the role of Pru, a friend of Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) in Season 1, Episode 20 ("Someone to Watch Over Me"), of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars.[11][12] The episode originally aired on March 7, 2011.[13] In 2011 she also appeared in the role of Gia in the monster film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, directed by Mary Lambert. In 2009 Cho appeared in Season 5, Episode 19 ("Communication Breakdown"), of the CBS show CSI: NY, in the supporting role of Gahee Paik, the daughter of a Korean father suspected of murder.[14] The episode originally aired on March 25, 2009.[15] In 2008 Cho played the grown-up lead of Hyori (the younger version being played by Megan Lee) in the short film My First Crush, directed by Rocky Jo.[16] She has also appeared in the webseries KTown Cowboys.[17] Cho also starred in the 2010, 35-minute YouTube feature Agents of Secret Stuff presented by Nigahiga and Wong Fu Productions.[18]

In 2014, Cho joined the TV series Teen Wolf as Kira, starting as a recurring character in season 3 but promoted to a main cast role in season 4. In April 2016, ahead of her talk at University of Illinois at Chicago for Asian American Awareness Month, Cho posted a YouTube video[19] on her personal channel revealing that she would not return for season 6 of Teen Wolf.[20] Cho is currently shooting for The Honor List, which she has mentioned on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.


On February 22, 2011, Cho released the single "I'm Just a Girl" on iTunes.[21] Cho was the co-writer, composer and singer on the single; Ed Huang was co-writer and music producer.[22] On February 25, 2011, Cho published a self-produced music video for the single on YouTube featuring Tim Lacatena.[23][24][25] Musical videos featuring her collaborations with other YouTube figures including Gerald Ko, Jason Chen, Ken Salomon and Megan Lee appear on her other, more informal ardenBcho YouTube account.[26] Another musical collaboration to which Cho has lent her voice is the non-commercial Mark Allen song "I Once Knew".[27]

Personal life[edit]

It was announced on February 6, 2019, that Cho became CEO of Leonard & Church, a New York City-based watch company.[28] On March 31, 2019, YouTuber Ryan Higa announced on his podcast that he and Cho are dating.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Break-Up VIP Party Guest Uncredited
2008 My First Crush Hyori Short film
2008 Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors Miriam
2008 Spy Games Tanya Short film
2009 Layover, on the Shore Laura Short film
2009 Forgotten Jane Doe Short film
2009 When Lara Met Charlie Arden Short documentary film
2010 The Grey Coat Jae Hee Short film
2010 I Am Not a Princess Anastasia Short film
2010 Agents of Secret Stuff Taylor Short film
2010 Ninja Say What?! Short film
2011 Mega Python vs. Gatoroid Gia
2012 Mandevilla Min Young Kim Short film
2012 Picture Perfect[30] Leukemia awareness Short film for The Jubilee Project on YouTube
2013 Olympus Has Fallen Korean sniper Uncredited; also stunt performer
2013 The Baytown Outlaws Angel
2013 Saved by the Bell Jessie Spano Short film
2013 The Dressmaker's Daughter Barbara Kim Short film
2014 Write It in the Sky Voyager Short film
2016 Stuck Alicia also associate producer
2018 The Honor List Honor Liang


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Mad TV Supporting Role Season 13, Episode 11
2009 CSI: NY Gahee Paik Episode: "Communication Breakdown"
2011 Pretty Little Liars Pru Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
2011 Rizzoli & Isles Lee Episode: "My Own Worst Enemy"
2012 Walking the Halls Kylie Television film
2013 The Selection Elise Whisks Cancelled pilot
2014–2016 Teen Wolf Kira Yukimura Recurring role (season 3); main role (seasons 4–5); 44 episodes
2014 Castle Kiara Episode: "The Way of the Ninja"
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Mia Price Episode: "Kuka'awale (Stakeout)"
2016 Tween Fest Lexii C. Main role; 8 episodes
2017 Freakish Tonya Recurring role; 2 episodes
2017-2018 Miss 2059 Arden Young Main role (season 2); 11 episodes
2018–present Chicago Med Emily Recurring role; 12 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Tomb Raider Samantha Nishimura/Stephanie/Sun Queen Voice role

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 KTown Cowboys Sarah Recurring role; 4 episodes
2012 Video Game High School Korean TV Hostess Episode: "Shot Heard Round the World"


  1. ^ "Arden Cho on Teen Wolf". MTV. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Arden Cho Interview | Asian American Actress". Archived from the original on July 15, 2015. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Tseng, Ada (February 23, 2014). "Arden Cho has fans howling". KoreAm Magazine.
  4. ^ a b "Actress Arden Cho on 'Teen Wolf,' Being Bullied, and the Friend Zone". Mochi Magazine. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  5. ^ "Angry Reader of the Week: Arden Cho". Angry Asian Man. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Zhan, Julie (July 21, 2011). "Arden Cho Interview: "Don't be afraid to fail. Unless you fail, you will never really succeed."". The Other Asians. Archived from the original on July 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Korean chosen as Clinique's new model". October 5, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Surname Undisclosed, Michelle (October 6, 2010). "The New Face of Clinique". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  9. ^ Kim, Samuel (July 20, 2009). "Arden Cho". Korean American Christian Media. Archived from the original on April 5, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "News". Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Surname Undisclosed, Melody (March 9, 2011). "Arden Cho: A Pretty Little Liar". Audrey Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  12. ^ Anatole, Emily (January 2010). "New Character to Guest Star on PLL". Wetpaint. Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  13. ^ "Someone to Watch Over Me". ABC Family. Archived from the original on March 29, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  14. ^ "Season 5: Episode 19: Communication Breakdown". CBS. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  15. ^ "Communication Breakdown". Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  16. ^ Kamel, Marina (March 27, 2011). "Adren Cho and Megan Lee Cover "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green (Glee Version)". Audrey Magazine. Archived from the original on April 23, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  17. ^ "The Cast". KTown Cowboys. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  18. ^ "Ryan Higa and Arden Cho (The online loveteam and alleged couple in real life) star in 'Agents of Secret Stuff' + official trailer". November 17, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  19. ^ ardenBcho (April 11, 2016), Goodbye Teenwolf, YouTube, retrieved April 12, 2016
  20. ^ Petski, Denise (April 11, 2016). "Arden Cho Says Goodbye To 'Teen Wolf'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  21. ^ "I'm Just a Girl – Single". Apple iTunes. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  22. ^ Arden Cho - I'm Just a Girl (official MV). YouTube. February 25, 2011. Retrieved 2017-12-29.
  23. ^ "I'm Just a Girl by Arden Cho". February 26, 2011. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
  24. ^ "Arden Cho reveals MV for debut single, "I'm Just A Girl" + "Make You Feel My Love" cover". February 25, 2011. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  25. ^ Full credits for the music video are provided by Arden Cho - I'm Just a Girl (official MV) on YouTube
  26. ^ "Arden Cho, Gerald Ko, and Jason Chen reveal Christmas collaboration". December 12, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  27. ^ "I Once Knew (my music)". Retrieved March 30, 2011.
  28. ^ Leonard & Church [@leonardnchurch] (February 6, 2019). "Have you heard? @leonardandchurch has a new CEO — our very own @girlboss : @arden_cho" (Tweet). Retrieved April 8, 2019 – via Twitter.
  29. ^ nigahiga. "Off the Pill Podcast #5 - Ryan's GF Revealed, BTS fandom, and his First Kiss" (36 minutes, 14 seconds). Retrieved April 8, 2019 – via YouTube.
  30. ^ Jubilee (June 6, 2012). "Picture Perfect - Jubilee Project Short Film" – via YouTube.

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