Karen Fukuhara

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Karen Fukuhara
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Fukuhara at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 27)
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles[1][2]
OccupationActress, voice actress
Years active2016–present

Karen Fukuhara (born February 10, 1992)[3] is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Katana in the 2016 DC superhero film Suicide Squad and as The Female(Kimiko) in the 2019 Amazon Prime original series The Boys. She is also known for voicing the character Glimmer in the Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.


Fukuhara was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her first language was Japanese, and she has a younger brother.[4]

While attending UCLA, she continued to work on numerous shows on NHK in Japan, most notably those on the Disney Channel as a member of Movie Surfers.[5][6] She was also involved in the a cappella group, Medleys, during her college career. Fukuhara graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Theater.[1][2]


In 2016, Fukuhara made her film debut as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana in the superhero film Suicide Squad, which was released in August 2016.[7][8] Although she had prior martial arts experience with a brown striped belt in karate, Fukuhara trained for about two months during pre-production in order to learn how to wield a sword correctly.[9]

In early December 2016, Fukuhara announced that she had completed the first week of filming for Stray (alongside Christine Woods, Miyavi, and Ross Partridge).[10]

Fukuhara voiced the characters Sewer Queen and Alexis in the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek. In 2018, she began voicing Glimmer in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of the 1985 animated television series.[11]

In 2019, she began starring in the main role of The Female in the Amazon Prime series, The Boys.[12] The series is based on the comic book of the same name.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Suicide Squad Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
2017 Stray Nori
2017 The Lost Laura Baker Short
Year Title Role Notes
2017–present Craig of the Creek Sewer Queen, Alexis (voice) Recurring
2018–present She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Glimmer (voice)[14] Series regular
2019 The Boys Kimiko / The Female[15] Series regular, 5 Episodes
2020 Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts Kipo (voice) Series regular; upcoming series[16]


  1. ^ a b "karenfukuhara". Instagram. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  2. ^ a b Keenan, Patrick (2016-01-21). "KAREN FUKUHARA '14". UCLA Alumni Association. Retrieved 2018-01-30.
  3. ^ "Karen Fukuhara". IMDb. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  4. ^ Regensdorf, Laura (August 5, 2016). "Meet Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad's Karate-Trained Breakout Star". Vogue. Retrieved August 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Cepero, Esteban (November 6, 2015). "A Look To The Past: The Suicide Squad Cast In Their Earliest Roles!". movie pilot. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Minh (August 1, 2016). "Karen Fukuhara Talks 'Suicide Squad,' Katana, and 'Dora the Explorer'". NBC News (Interview). Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Hawkes, Rebecca (May 26, 2015). "Suicide Squad: everything you need to know". telegraph.co.uk. The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Trumbore, Dave (July 11, 2015). "Suicide Squad Cast Reveals First Trailer At Comic-Con". Collider. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Regensdorf, Laura. "Meet Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad's Karate-Trained Breakout Star". Retrieved 2016-08-13.
  10. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2 December 2016). "Christine Woods, 'Suicide Squad's Karen Fukuhara & More Join 'Sleight' Team's 'Stray'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (2018-05-18). "'She-Ra And the Princesses Of Power': Aimee Carrero, Karen Fukuhara, Sandra Oh Among Voice Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-03-21). "'The Boys': 'Suicide Squad's Karen Fukuhara Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  13. ^ "The Boys: 5 Reasons The Comic Is Better (& 5 Reasons Why The Show Is)". ScreenRant. 2019-08-31. Retrieved 2019-09-03.
  14. ^ "She-Ra gets a makeover! A first look at the new Netflix series and meet the cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. ^ Petski, Denise (March 21, 2018). "'The Boys': 'Suicide Squad's Karen Fukuhara Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tXK9XF-ZF0

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