Justin Chon

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Justin Chon
Justin Chon.jpg
Chon in 2009
Born Justin Jitae Chon
(1981-05-29) May 29, 1981 (age 35)
Garden Grove, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Sasha Egorova (m. 2014)
Website www.tenthandfourth.com

Justin Jitae Chon[1] (born May 29, 1981) is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012).

Early life[edit]

Chon was born in Garden Grove, California and raised in Irvine, California.[2] He is of South Korean descent. His father, Sang, who worked in show business, was a child actor in South Korea,[3] and was often in black-and-white films. Chon grew up watching his father's films, which eventually inspired him to pursue acting. His mother, Kyung, is a pianist and homemaker.[4][5]

Chon was educated at University High School in his home city of Irvine in California, where he played saxophone in the marching band, followed by the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he majored in Business Administration.[6] As he was required to learn a language as a part of his course, he started learning Japanese, then switched to Korean (his parents' native tongue). In order to improve his ability in the language, he spent time in South Korea as part of a year abroad in his junior year. During the first semester, he lived in the dorms of Yonsei University, in the capital, Seoul.[6]



Chon started acting in 2005 in shows such as Jack & Bobby and Taki & Luci. He came to fame in 2006 when he played Peter Wu in the Disney Channel film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.[1] He also played Tony Lee in the Nickelodeon sitcom Just Jordan.[1] In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer.[7] Justin reprised his role as Eric Yorkie in the Twilight sequel New Moon.[8] He starred as the central character, Jeff Chang, in the film 21 & Over in 2013. He also appeared in the independent film Innocent Blood that same year. In 2014, Chon appeared as a lead character in crime drama film Revenge of the Green Dragons, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese. In 2015, Chon starred as Sid Park, the trouble-making main character influenced by rocker culture in the independent film Seoul Searching, directed by Benson Lee, which made its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[9]


Chon also co-wrote (with Kevin Wu), directed, executive produced, and starred in the 2015 feature film Man Up.[10] The film made its premiere at the 2015 CAAMFest.[11] It was also screened at the 2015 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, making its West Coast premiere there.[12] The film is set in Hawaii and also stars Kevin Wu, Amy Hill, Parvesh Cheena, Nichole Bloom, Dion Basco, Samantha Futerman and more.[13] In March 2015, the film was acquired by "Off the Dock", a digital studio owned by Lakeshore Entertainment.[14]

Chon has also directed several digital short films that are viewable on his YouTube Channel, including You're Stoopid (2013), Full Circle (2013) and 90 Day Visa (2015).[15]

Other ventures[edit]

Chon co-owns a chain of stores, named the Attic, in California.[16] In January 2015, he began uploading edited vlogs to his YouTube channel on a weekly basis. Since November 2015, he has uploaded edited vlogs to the channel on a daily basis. He also creates short comedy videos on YouTube with his friends. He has appeared in videos on Nigahiga's YouTube channel. In 2016, Chon wrote an editorial for NBC about the racism he faced in Hollywood roles and auditions.[17]

Personal life[edit]

After dating for over a year, he married his girlfriend Sasha Egorova in October 2014.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Bobbi
2006 Fleetwood Rong
2007 Hack! Ricky
2008 Twilight Eric Yorkie
2009 Ashley Mason Morgan
2009 Crossing Over Yong Kim
2009 Turbo Hugo Park
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Eric Yorkie
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Eric Yorkie
2011 From the Rough Ji-Kyung
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Eric Yorkie
2012 Detention of the Dead Ash
2012 Rock Jocks Seth
2012 Hang Loose BJ
2013 21 & Over Jeff Chang
2013 Innocent Blood Brad Lee
2014 Revenge of the Green Dragons Sonny
2015 Seoul Searching Sid Park
2015 Man Up Randall Also director, writer, executive producer
2016 Satanic Seth
2016 Heartbeats Jae Juarez Filming
2016 Like Lambs Jasper Post-production

Directorial work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 You're Stoopid Director, writer Short film
2013 Full Circle Director, writer, actor Short film
2015 90 Day Visa Director, writer, actor Short film
2015 Man Up Director, writer, actor, executive producer Feature film


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jack & Bobby Greek Chorus Episode: "Under the Influence"
2006 The O.C. Big Korea Episode: "The Party Favor"
2006 Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior Peter Wu Television film
2007–2008 Just Jordan Tony Lee
2009 Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Joe Chang Television film
2011 House Harold Lam Episode: "The Dig"
2013 New Girl Brian Episode: "Menus"
2015 Sin City Saints Byron Summers
2016 Dramaworld Seth Ko


  1. ^ a b c "Star Spotlight: Justin Chon". Scholastic. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  2. ^ Teenfaze (2 April 2008). "Justin Chon (Twilight) Interview" – via YouTube. 
  3. ^ motoway065. "Interview With Justin Chon". 
  4. ^ "Jetsetting With Up-and-Coming Actor Justin Chon - Jetset Extra". 
  5. ^ "justin chon - Audrey Magazine". 
  6. ^ a b Justin Chon Publisher: www.TwilightLexicon.com Published: 27 July 2008. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
  7. ^ Larry Carroll (2008-02-07). "'Twilight' Gives The Green Light To Anna Kendrick, Justin Chon For Book-Turned-Movie". MTV. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 
  8. ^ "New Moon Actors arrived in Vancouver". ReelzChannel. 2009-04-11. Retrieved 2009-04-19. 
  9. ^ James S. Kim, Justin Chon Does His Own ‘Seoul Searching’, http://iamkoream.com/justin-chon-does-his-own-seoul-searching/
  10. ^ Cynthia Brothers & Vu-Bang Nguyen, Justin Chon on ‘Seoul Searching’ and ‘Man Up’, http://xfinity.comcast.net/blogs/tv/2015/02/26/justin-chon-on-seoul-searching-and-manning-up/
  11. ^ CAAMFest, Man Up, http://caamfest.com/2015/films/man-up/
  12. ^ LAAPFF 2015, MAN UP, http://laapff.festpro.com/films/program/man_up_2015
  13. ^ Man Up, Official Film Page, http://www.manupfilm.com
  14. ^ Dave McNary, Lakeshore Launches Digital Studio With Justin Chon-Kevin Wu Comedy http://variety.com/2015/film/news/lakeshore-launches-digital-studio-with-justin-chon-kevin-wu-comedy-1201460990/
  15. ^ ChannelAPA.com, Full Circle, http://www.channelapa.com/2013/02/full-circle-short-film-with-justin-chon.html
  16. ^ AllKPop, Up in Justin Chon's Attic, http://www.allkpop.com/article/2009/04/up-in-justin-chons-attic
  17. ^ Chon, Justin (March 15, 2016). "Editorial: I Walked Out On a Racist Audition". NBCNews.com. Retrieved April 29, 2016. 

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