Charlyne Yi

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Charlyne Yi
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Yi in San Diego, CA, July 2009
Charlyne Amanda Yi

(1986-01-04) January 4, 1986 (age 35)[1]
OccupationActress, comedian, musician, writer
Years active2006–present

Charlyne Amanda Yi (born January 4, 1986) is an American actress, comedian, musician and writer. Her performances include music, magic, games and often audience participation.[2][3][4][5]

Her screenwriting debut, the feature film Paper Heart, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She is also known for her role as Dr. Chi Park on the Fox medical drama House, the voice of every Ruby on the Cartoon Network animated series Steven Universe (2013–2019), the voice of Chloe Park on We Bare Bears (2014–2019) and the voice of Alice on Summer Camp Island (2018–present).

Early life[edit]

Charlyne Yi was raised in Fontana, California;[2][6] her mother has Filipino and Spanish ancestry and her father is of Korean, Irish, Mexican, German, French and Native American descent.[7][4][8][5] She attended the University of California, Riverside before leaving to pursue a full-time career in comedy.[4] She had an early interest in performing when she attended Bloomington High School and was involved in theatre.


Performing in the Garfunkel and Oates Christmas Show at the UCB Theater

Yi began by performing in Bloomington, California.[4] After high school, she has performed shows in Los Angeles at The Steve Allen Theater, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.[6] In 2005 and 2006, she performed in the New York Comedy Festival,[9] and in 2007 HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.[4] Yi's film debut was in Judd Apatow's 2007 film, Knocked Up. In 2008, Yi performed as part of the Apatow for Destruction Live comedy show at Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival.[10]

In the 2009 film Paper Heart, a "hybrid documentary"[11] which Yi executive produced in addition to co-writing, she starred as a fictional version of herself, along with Michael Cera.

Yi was chosen as one of Venus Zine's "25 under 25" women for 2009.[12]

She has also appeared alongside Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen in the music video for the song "Rabbit Habits" by Philadelphia experimental band Man Man.

Yi and Paul Rust formed the band The Glass Beef. The duo share one electric guitar and both sing lead vocals. In 2006, they released their debut album, The Farewell Album, produced by John Spiker, bassist of Tenacious D.

Yi was featured in the video "Song Away" by Hockey.[13] She is currently in the band Sacred Destinies.

In January 2010, Yi performed a duet about break-up lines (the opposite of pick-up lines) with Demetri Martin on the episode "2" for the Comedy Central sketch series Important Things with Demetri Martin. However, the duet was cut from the final edit of the episode.[citation needed].

From October 2011 to May 2012, Yi starred in Fox's series House as Dr. Chi Park, a young doctor with anger management issues.[14][15]

Non-profit work[edit]

Yi has been involved with Oxfam America since 2010, working to raise awareness about poverty and hunger around the world.[16] Yi started the non-profit Caring is Cool in 2011, and hosted a benefit show to raise money for the organization.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Knocked Up Jodi
2008 Cloverfield Party Goer
Semi-Pro Wheelchair Jody
2009 Paper Heart Charlyne Yi Nominated - Comedy Film Award for Best Actress
All About Steve Young Protester
2010 Fast Donna Fast 2-minute video short
2012 This Is 40 Jodi
2014 The Last Time You Had Fun Betty
2016 We Bare Bears Chloe (voice)
2016 Nerdland Becky (voice)
2017 The Disaster Artist Safoya
Literally, Right Before Aaron Claire
The Lego Ninjago Movie Terri IT Nerd (voice)
2018 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Nerissa
Next Gen Mai Su (voice) Nominated - Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Second Act Ariana
2019 Always Be My Maybe Ginger
Goldie Goldie (voice) Short
Steven Universe: The Movie Ruby (voice)
Jexi Elaine
2020 Trolls World Tour Pennywhistle (voice)
We Bare Bears: The Movie Chloe Park (voice)
2021 Happily Gretel
The Mitchells vs. The Machines Abby Posey (voice)


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Help Me Help You Charlyne 1 episode, "The Sheriff"
2007 30 Rock Grace Park 1 episode, "The C Word"
Cold Case Dorky Girl 1 episode, "Stand Up and Holler"
Powerloafing Executive Assistant
2008 Miss Guided Karey 1 episode, "Pool Party"
2011 Love Bites Adult store cashier Episodes: Unaired Pilot, "Firsts"
2011–2012 House Dr. Chi Park Series regular (season 8)
2011 Yo Gabba Gabba! Edith 1 episode, Episode 55 "Treasure"
2013 Conan Herself Season 3, episode 135
2015 Looking Cashier Season 2, episode 7, "Looking for a Plot"
2015–2019 Steven Universe Ruby (voice)
Homeworld Rubies (voice)
12 episodes
We Bare Bears Chloe Park (voice) Series regular
2016 Love Cori Season 1, recurring role
Jane the Virgin Angela Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Nine"
Future-Worm! Zoe (voice) Episode: "Bug vs. the Babysitter"
2017 Twin Peaks Ruby Episode: "Part 15"
Danger & Eggs Layla (voice) Episode: "Keep Off the Grass/Pennies"
Room 104 Gracie Episode: "FOMO"
2018 Lucifer Ray-Ray / Azrael Episode: "Boo Normal"[18]
DIY Eli (voice) Series regular
2018-present Summer Camp Island Alice Fefferman/Nancy (voice) Series regular
2019–2020 Steven Universe Future Ruby
Rubies (voice)
4 episodes
2020 Good Girls Lucy Guest


Year Title Type
2015 Oh the Moon text/image hybrid
2019 You Can't Kill Me Twice (so please treat me right) poetry


  1. ^ a b "Charlyne Amanda Yi, Born 01/04/1986 in California".
  2. ^ a b LaPorte, Nicole (31 May 2007). "Suddenly, Yi is sitting pretty". Los Angeles Times. Yi's fortune turned pretty quickly considering the Fontana native is only 21
  3. ^ Saba, Michael (September 30, 2009). "Charlyne Yi: Geek Love". Paste. Archived from the original on December 6, 2009. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e Boyd, Betsy (February 26, 2007). "Charlyne Yi: 10 Comics to Watch". Variety. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
  5. ^ a b Chang, Elysha (24 October 2017). "David Cross, Charlyne Yi and the Luxury of Forgetting".
  6. ^ a b "Interview: Charlyne Yi". The Believer. March 2010. Archived from the original on March 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Farris, Christopher (February 11, 2019). "These Filipinos Are the Voices of Modern Cartoon and Anime Characters". Esquire (magazine). Hearst Communications. Archived from the original on July 8, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  8. ^ Prentice, Claire (August 3, 2010). "Preview: Charlyne Yi - Dances on the Moon". Archived from the original on November 23, 2010.
  9. ^ Keepnews, Peter (November 3, 2005). "Upstart Comedians Goofing on Andy". The New York Times. Retrieved April 24, 2007.
  10. ^ "Just For Laughs highlights". Variety. July 10, 2008.
  11. ^ "Film Review: Paper Heart". Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2009.
  12. ^ Venus Zine Staff (March 1, 2009). "25 under 25". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2017. Funny lady Charlyne Yi's name may not sound familiar, but you have seen her in movies and TV shows like Knocked Up and Miss Guided, and now in Paper Heart, a half-documentary, half-narrative starring Yi's real-life love interest Michael Cera about the meaning of love. Aww.
  13. ^ "Song Away by Hockey with Charlyne Yi". Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  14. ^ "Bio: Charlyne Yi / Dr. Chi Park". Archived from the original on July 13, 2012., FOX website for the House MD series
  15. ^ "Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park on House". November 1, 2011. Archived from the original on November 21, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  16. ^ Kramer, Anna (September 16, 2010). "Actress Charlyne Yi fights hunger with Oxfam". Oxfam America. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013.
  17. ^ "Charlyne Yi | Caring is Cool is my new NON-PROFIT I made to help". Tumblr. July 17, 2011. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (May 21, 2018). "'Lucifer': Fox Sets Airdate For Two Bonus Episodes Of Canceled Series". Deadline Hollywood.

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