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Hana Mae Lee

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Hana Mae Lee
Lee in September 2013
Born (1988-09-28) September 28, 1988 (age 35)
Alma materOtis College of Art and Design (BFA, fashion design)
  • Actress
  • model
  • comedian
  • fashion designer
Years active2004–present

Hana Mae Lee (born September 28, 1988) is an American actress, model, comedian, and fashion designer.[1][2] She is best known for playing the role of Lilly Onakurama in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect film series (2012–2017) and the role of Sonya in the horror comedy film The Babysitter (2017) and its 2020 sequel. Lee also owns the fashion line Hanamahn.[3]

Early life[edit]

Lee was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California.[4] She attended Granada Hills Charter High School.[5]

Lee enrolled in college at 16.[6] She received her BFA in fashion design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.[7] She has designed for Juicy Couture, and Mossimo. She turned down working for Ralph Lauren in New York to further pursue acting.[8]


Lee's mother ran a beauty and hair salon for 25 years. At 15, Lee began doing makeup professionally, doing makeovers at Macy's before transitioning to editorial photo shoots. As of 2018, she has opted to forgo makeup work in pursuit of her entertainment career.[9]

At 16, Lee became a professional model.[4] She has appeared in campaigns for Honda, Jeep, Apple Inc., Nokia, Sebastian, American Express, HP, Cherry Coke, and Midori. She has appeared in the magazines TIME, SOMA, Elle, and Teen Vogue.

Lee started doing stand-up comedy in 2009. She is also a part of the comedy duo, Get Gaysian. Lee would often incorporate Korean folk music into her comedy performances.[10]

Lee started her jewelry line, Hanamahn, in 2001.[5] She launched the apparel line for Hanamahn in 2009; several of the pieces have appeared in the Pitch Perfect films.[8] As of 2018, the brand is on hiatus, with a sister line in development.[6]

In 2011, Lee made her TV debut guest starring on Mike & Molly, followed by an appearance on Workaholics.

She appeared as Lilly Onakuramara in the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect, for which she was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer in 2013.[2] Lee reprised her role in the sequels Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017).

Lee co-starred in McG's horror film The Babysitter (2017),[11] and reprised her role in the sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020).[12]

Personal life[edit]

Lee is Korean American.[13]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Dog Problem Girl in Cafe
2007 Hitler's Bowl Virginia Short
2007 Eli's Liquor Store Emma Lee Chung
2009 Johnny Raikou Jaden Adventure
2011 It's a Match Alice Quinn Short
2012 Pitch Perfect Lilly Onakuramara MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment (shared with cast)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Scene Stealer
2013 Ryan Lochte's 'Pool Water' Unknown Short
2014 Let's Get Digital Geneva Short
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Lilly Onakuramara
2015 Jem and the Holograms Roxanne "Roxy" Pellegrini
2016 Unleashed Nina
2017 The Babysitter Sonya
2017 Love Beats Rhymes Julie
2017 Pitch Perfect 3 Lilly Onakuramara
2020 The Babysitter: Killer Queen Sonya
2021 Habit Jewel
2021 Phobias Sami
2023 Abruptio Chelsea [14]


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Mike & Molly Soo-Jin Episode: "Samuel Gets Fired"
2011 Workaholics Hannah Episode: "Karl's Wedding"
2012–2014 Lips Endora 2 episodes
2012 Made in Hollywood
2014 Marry Me Fantasia Yang Episode: "Annicurser-Me"
2014 Super Fun Night Frankie 3 episodes
2014 Californication Me Suk Kok Episode: "Dinner with Friends"
2015 Resident Advisors PJ Episode: "Sexiled"
2015 Ur in Analysis Mara TV movie
2016-2019 Those Who Can't Julie 6 episodes
2017 Patriot Numi 8 episodes
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD Scotty Scholes Recurring


  1. ^ "Hana Mae Lee". Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b Seno, David (30 September 2012). "Q&A with Hana Mae Lee of 'Pitch Perfect'". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. ^ Hanamahn homepage Archived 2017-12-23 at the Wayback Machine accessed 5/15/2015
  4. ^ a b "Hana Mae Lee | Wonderland Magazine". Wonderland. 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  5. ^ a b "October Issue: 'Pitch Perfect' Actress Hana Mae Lee Makes Her Big Screen Debut". Character Media. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  6. ^ a b "Schön! 34 | hana mae lee". Schön! Magazine. 19 August 2018. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  7. ^ "Hana Mae Lee on Earwolf". www.earwolf.com. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  8. ^ a b "9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Hana Mae Lee, aka Lilly from Pitch Perfect 2". InStyle.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  9. ^ Montell, Amanda; Facebook (January 4, 2018). "Getting Ready With Pitch Perfect's Hana Mae Lee". Byrdie. Retrieved 2020-01-22. {{cite web}}: |last2= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ Osman, Sarah. "A 'Pitch Perfect' Chat with Rising Star Hana Mae Lee". younghollywood.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  11. ^ A. Lincoln, Ross (October 22, 2015). "Hana Mae Lee Joins The Babysitter; Nicholas Gonzalez Is 'Praying For Rain'". deadline.com. Retrieved November 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Kit, Borys (September 25, 2019). "Judah Lewis Returning for Sequel to Netflix Horror Flick 'The Babysitter' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "Pitch Perfect 3 Star Injured Her Vocal Chords Filming The Sequel". ScreenRant. 29 December 2017.
  14. ^ It only took 7 years but Abruptio is Done

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