Cho in 2019
|Born||August 16, 1985|
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BA)|
|Occupation||Model, actress, singer|
Arden Cho (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress, singer and model best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She also played the lead in the 2010 short film Agents of Secret Stuff, presented by Ryan Higa and Wong Fu Productions.
Cho was born in Amarillo, Texas to Korean-American parents and was raised in San Antonio and Plano, Texas. Growing up in areas with few ethnic minorities, she often felt like an outsider. As a child, she was often bullied 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."  She later attended high school at Apple Valley, Minnesota.
Cho attended the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with intentions of becoming a lawyer. It was there that she took 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." There, she also became more exposed to the Asian American culture at large; she also participated in Asian American Association's Fashion Show. She graduated with a degree in psychology in 2007 and spent the following summer on a medical missionary trip in Kenya.
Upon her return from Kenya, she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked odd jobs while trying to pursue a career in acting. Although she did not have any screen credits at the time, her first agent took her on due to her resume of musical and physical talents, which included ballet, cello, piano, amongst others. Cho has appeared in films, television series, and commercials in the United States and Asia.
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. She also appeared in the role of Gia in the monster film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, directed by Mary Lambert.
In 2014, Cho joined the TV series Teen Wolf as Kira, starting as a recurring character in season 3 but was 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 on her personal channel revealing that she would not return for season 6 of Teen Wolf.
Cho was previously a part of the "Artichoke and Peachie" joint YouTube blogging channel with YouTuber Grace Su. The account has since been shut down.
She has her own YouTube channel, ardenBcho where she has over 300 videos, predominantly featuring vlogging, popular song covers and original music videos. She has over 500,000 subscribers as of February 2020.
Cho won the 2004 Miss Korea Chicago competition, giving her the opportunity to take part in the Miss Korea Pageant in Seoul. At one point, she was in talks for a television show in Korea but walked away from the opportunity due to weight loss and plastic surgery requirements.
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". 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.
In 2011, Cho released her first single, "I'm Just a Girl." Cho was the co-writer, composer and singer; Ed Huang was co-writer and music producer. On February 25, 2011, Cho published a self-produced music video for the single onto YouTube, featuring Tim Lacatena. Cho had plans to tour her debut EP My True Happy in 2013 before landing a recurring role on Teen Wolf. Cho premiered her single "Simply" in September 2019.
It was announced on February 6, 2019 that Cho became CEO of Leonard & Church, a New York City-based watch company.
|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||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|
|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|
|2018–2019||Chicago Med||Emily Choi||Recurring role; 17 episodes|
|2013||Tomb Raider||Samantha Nishimura/Stephanie/Sun Queen||Voice role|
|2010||KTown Cowboys||Sarah||Recurring role; 4 episodes|
|2012||Video Game High School||Korean TV Hostess||Episode: "Shot Heard Round the World"|
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- 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.
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