Karrueche Tran

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Karrueche Tran
Born (1988-05-17) May 17, 1988 (age 30)
  • Model
  • actress
Years active 2009–present
Modeling information
Hair color Black
Eye color Brown
Website karruechetran.com

Karrueche Tran (/kəˈri ˈtræn/ kə-ROO-chee TRAN; born May 17, 1988)[1] is an American actress and model. From 2013 to 2016, she starred as Vivian Johnson in the web series The Bay. She currently stars as Virginia Loc on TNT's series Claws.

Early life[edit]

Tran was raised in Los Angeles, California.[2] Her mother is Vietnamese, and her father is African-American. Tran first attended high school at Fairfax High School before switching schools, graduating from Birmingham High School in 2006.[3]


Early career and The Bay: 2009–2014[edit]

Tran began her career in the fashion industry as a personal shopper. From 2009–2012, she worked at Nordstrom located at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, CA.[4] Later, Tran worked as free-lance celebrity stylist in Hollywood. She first gained public attention when she began dating R&B artist, Chris Brown, in 2010.[5][6]

At the same time, Tran began modelling by participating in photoshoots for local brands,[4] posing as the face of Lady Crooks, the women's division under the streetwear brand Crooks and Castles for their Summer 2013 collection.[7] She also began working on her own clothing line, The Kill.[8] Tran later won the role of Vivian Johnson in the Emmy award-winning web series The Bay, which she co-starred in from 2013 to 2016.

In 2014, Tran appeared in volume one of the photography book, Love West Coast Girls by celebrity photographer Mike Miller.[9] That same year, she hosted the BET Awards red carpet and multiple events during the official BET Weekend. She had previously co-hosted the BET show 106 & Park. Tran's TV One movie, The Fright Nite Files, was screened that year.

Film and television roles: 2015–present[edit]

In 2015, Tran was also featured in the Spring/Summer lookbook for French-based athletic brand Le Coq Sportif.[10] She also appeared on the covers of several magazines, including Rolling Out,[8] Flaunt Magazine,[11] Ouch Magazine, The Hundreds,[12] Cliche Magazine, Bleu Magazine[13] and Annex Magazine, including two feature stories on ELLE.com.[14][15] Her work led her to a contract with Wilhelmina Models LA in 2015.[16]

Tran's first featured film, 3-Headed Shark Attack, was released that summer,[17] followed by the lead in the short film PrXde.[18][19] She later gained recognition for her performance as Vanessa Ivy in the fashion web series by StyleHaul titled Vanity which is sponsored by the makeup brand Maybelline.[20]

After supporting roles in A Weekend with the Family and The Nice Guys, Tran landed the lead in Only for One Night, portraying Chloe, a married woman whose perfect life deals with betrayal when her sister drugs her husband and sleeps with him.[21][22] All three were released in 2016.

After her departure from The Bay, Tran began starring in the TNT series Claws (2017), whose storyline follows five diverse manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon in South Florida.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Tran began dating R&B artist Chris Brown in 2010.[5] The couple briefly broke up when Brown reconciled with his ex-girlfriend, Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna. After the latter's relationship ended, Brown and Tran continued their relationship but split after it was revealed in March 2015 that Brown had a daughter, Royalty, with Nia Guzman.[25][26] In February 2017, Tran was granted a temporary 100-yard restraining order against Brown,[5][27] and eventually a 5-year restraining order against the singer.[28]

Karrueche is a Christian.[29][30] She has stated,

"This is about recognizing my mistakes and learning from them." "I own up to all the poor choices I have made and pray for the better. I pray everyday to God to strengthen me as a human and a young woman.”[30]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 RIP The Runway Herself Television Film
2015 3-Headed Shark Attack Maggie
2015 PrXde Kat Short film
2016 A Weekend with the Family Courtney Clancy
2016 The Nice Guys Tally-in-Porn
2016 Only for One Night Chloe
2016 Welcome to Willits Besh
2017 Never Heard Paris Post-production
2018 The Honor List Sophie


Year Title Role Notes
2013–present The Bay Vivian Johnson Producer for episodes 2.1. and 2.8
2014 The Dead Diaries Lisa 1 episode, "Massacre"
2015 Single Ladies Samantha Gray 1 episode, "Build"
2015 Vanity Vanessa Ivy
2015 Truth be Told Monica 1 episode, "The Wedding"
2016 Relationship Status Jane 1 episode, "The Wedding Party"
2017–present Claws Virginia Loc Main role


Year Award Category For/Role Work Result
2016 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series Producer The Bay Won
2017 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series Producer The Bay Won
Year Award Category For/Role Work Result
2016 Burbank International Film Festival Best Short, New Media Producer The Bay Won
Year Award Category For/Role Work Result
2016 HollyWeb Festival Best Online Soap Producer The Bay Won
Year Award Category For/Role Work Result
2016 Indie Series Award Drama Best Supporting Actress The Bay Nominated
2017 Indie Series Award Drama Best Supporting Actress The Bay Nominated


  1. ^ "About". Karrueche Tran verified Facebook page. Archived from the original on June 15, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Karrueche Tran". BET. February 20, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Marq, Shaun. "Karrueche Tran 101". VietSun. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved June 5, 2009. My mother is Vietnamese and my father is black. I was also raised by my God family who is Jamaican. 
  4. ^ a b Sloane, Stephanie (2017-02-17). "ICYMI Karrueche Tran Interview". Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  5. ^ a b c Kwateng-Clark, Danielle (2017-03-07). "Karrueche Tran To Appear In Court For Extension Of Restraining Order". Essence.com. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  6. ^ Kessler, Robert (May 27, 2015). "Karrueche Tran Sets the Record Straight About Chris Brown Breakup". Yahoo Celebrity. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Karrueche Tran Models for Crooks and Castles". The Source. June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b Shaw, A.R. (January 25, 2013). "Karrueche Tran: Going in for The-Kill". Rolling Out. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Miller, Mike; Miller, Shannon (January 1, 2014). Love West Coast Girls (Vol. 1 ed.). Independent Publisher. ISBN 9781495133961. 
  10. ^ Kim, Ashleigh (May 21, 2015). "le coq sportif 2015 Spring/Summer Women's Training Lookbook featuring Karrueche Tran". Hypebeast. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ Green, Treye (July 1, 2015). "Topless Karrueche Tran Shows Off Fit Figure In Sexy Photo Shoot For Flaunt After Announcing Wilhemina Models Contract". OK Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Farmer, Brian (May 8, 2014). "Karrueche Tran Washes a DeLorean for 'The Hundreds' Magazine". High Snobiety. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Karrueche Covers Issue Two of Bombshell by Bleu". Bleu Magazine. September 25, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  14. ^ Schott, Julie; Prescod, Danielle (June 26, 2015). "How to Date Karrueche Tran". ELLE.com. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  15. ^ Schott, Julie (June 25, 2015). "8 Beauty Secrets I Learned from Karrueche Tran". ELLE.com. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  16. ^ Naasel, Kenrya Rankin (2014-12-14). "Karrueche Tran Signs Contract With Wilhelmina Models LA". BET.com. Retrieved 2017-06-22. 
  17. ^ Rosa, =Christopher (June 10, 2015). "Karrueche Tran's New Movie 3 Headed Shark Attack is All You Need This Summer". VH1. Retrieved July 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ PrXde (2015), retrieved 2017-09-09 
  19. ^ "PRXDE featuring Karrueche Tran". Flaunt Magazine. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  20. ^ Carrie Cummings (May 5, 2015). "StyleHaul Reveals First Scripted Series, Starring Denise Richards and Karrueche Tran". Ad Week. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ "BET Star Cinema: Sneak Peek of the Film 'Only for One Night'". BET.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  22. ^ "Only for One Night". BET.com. Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  23. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (2016-12-13). "TNT Greenlights Rashida Jones' Nail Salon Series 'Claws' Starring Niecy Nash". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  24. ^ Kwateng-Clark, Danielle (2017-01-30). "We're Here For Rashida Jones' New Nail Salon Dramedy With Niecy Nash And Karrueche Tran". Essence.com. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  25. ^ Harrison, Lily (May 27, 2015). "Karrueche Tran Opens Up About Chris Brown's Daughter, Says There is No Drama Between Her and Rihanna". E! Online. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  26. ^ Thompson, Avery (Aug 22, 2015). "Chris Brown's New Album Will be Titled "Royalty" After His Baby Girl". Hollywood Life. 
  27. ^ Cowen, Trace William. "Karrueche Tran Reportedly Seeking Permanent Restraining Order Against Chris Brown". Complex. Retrieved 2017-03-24. 
  28. ^ Stutz, Colin (2017-06-15). "Karrueche Tran Granted 5-Year Restraining Order Against Chris Brown". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-06-20. 
  29. ^ Benge Nsenduluka (December 8, 2014). "Karrueche Tran Trusting in Jesus as Chris Brown Seeks Forgiveness After Drake Accusation; 'I Choose to Trust Your Timing'". The Christian Post. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  30. ^ a b Andres Tardio (March 29, 2016). "Karrueche Tran Just Opened Up About Chris Brown In A Super Revealing Interview". MTV. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 

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