Lauren Tsai

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Lauren Tsai
Lauren Tsai by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lauren Tsai at the 2019 WonderCon
Born (1998-02-11) February 11, 1998 (age 21)
ResidenceTokyo, Japan[1]
Nationality
  • United States
  • China
Occupation
Years active2014-present
Modeling information
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Hair colorBrown[2]
Eye colorBrown[2]
Websitelauren-tsai.com

Lauren Tsai (born February 11, 1998) is an American illustrator, model and actress.[2][1] She is best known to Western audiences for her appearance in the Fuji TV and Netflix series Terrace House: Aloha State. She made her acting debut in the third and final season of Legion, a television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name.

Biography[edit]

Lauren Tsai was born on February 11, 1998 in Massachusetts, United States to a Chinese-American father and a European-American mother and has two older sisters. Tsai's family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii when she was seven years old. Then she went back to Massachusetts for a year for boarding school.[1] She visited Japan for the first time at eleven years old and returned to study in Hiroshima for six weeks while a sophomore when she was studying at Pacific Buddhist Academy.[3][4]

In 2014, she began modeling in Japan under the name "Lala." In November 2016, she auditioned for Terrace House.

After moving out of the show's Honolulu house, she continued to pursue her modeling and artistic work. As a model, she's since appeared in a number of magazines, commercials, catalogs and fashion shows, including in Japan and Hawaii.

In 2018, she drew a variant cover for issue No. 1 of West Coast Avengers.[5] In 2019, she followed with a variant cover for Captain Marvel No. 1.[6] She also collaborated with Marc Jacobs on a line of apparel and accessories.[7]

In January 2019, she was cast in the third and final season of the FX series Legion as Switch, a young mutant who has time travelling abilities.[8] Tsai is represented by WME.

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Tsai is inspired by animated films, fantasy, surrealism and music.[1]

Works[edit]

Title Year Notes
Captain Marvel #1 2019 Variant Cover[9].
Nike Collaborations 2019 Air Force 1 and Nike Air Max[10].
West Coast Avengers #1 2019 Variant Cover[11].
Brooklyn Mural #1 2019 Mural for Mortal Kombat.
Revlon JP 2019
Be@RBRICK Series 38 2019
"It's All For You" 2018 200-page hardbound book of original drawings[12].
LAUREN TSAI X MARC JACOBS 2017 Featured as designer and illustrator[13].
Starbucks Collaboration 2017 Starbucks Harajuku B-Side[14]
"Gateway to Fantasy" 2017 Art installation at Lucua Department Store in Osaka
"It's All Over" 2017 At Sezon Art Gallery in Omotesando[15].
“18” 2017 Illustration gallery at ARS Cafe

Filmography[edit]

Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2016–2017 Terrace House: Aloha State Herself 17 episodes
2017 Shōsuke Tanihara's 25th Meal [ja] Herself
2019 Legion Jia-yi / Switch Main role (season 3)
Music video roles
Year Title Artist Notes
2016 Rererepeat Frederic
2017 Summer Dream Jung Yong-hwa [16]
2017 Positive Shadow, Negative Light Behind the Shadow Drops

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Private Eyes: On the Road with Lauren Tsai". DEW Magazine. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Lauren Tsai, Japanese WOMEN, Image Models". Image Models. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Pacific Buddhist Academy (April 18, 2015). "Congratulations to Lauren Tsai, PBA..." Facebook. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ Pacific Buddhist Academy (October 24, 2015). "Congratulations to Pacific Buddhist..." Facebook. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  5. ^ Markus, Tucker Chet. "Terrace House's Lauren Tsai Draws a Variant for West Coast Avengers No. 1 | News | Marvel". Marvel Entertainment. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lauren Tsai Creates a Variant Cover for 'Captain Marvel #1' | News | Marvel". Marvel Entertainment.
  7. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary; Feitelberg, Rosemary (October 10, 2018). "Influence Peddler: Lauren Tsai Talks Marc Jacobs Collaboration, New Book, Marvel Comic Book Covers". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (January 9, 2019). "'Legion' Season 3 Casts Lauren Tsai (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  9. ^ "Lauren Tsai Creates a Variant Cover for 'Captain Marvel #1' | News | Marvel". Marvel Entertainment.
  10. ^ "Lauren Tsai's Hand-Painted Nike Air Force 1 Is One-Of-A-Kind". HYPEBAE. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  11. ^ "Terrace House's Lauren Tsai Draws a Variant for West Coast Avengers #1 | News | Marvel". Marvel Entertainment.
  12. ^ "It's all for you". Google Books. 青幻舎. October 29, 2018.
  13. ^ "Terrace House Star Lauren Tsai on Her New Marc Jacobs Collaboration, Her Style, and Becoming an Artist". Vogue.
  14. ^ "Lauren Tsai Links Up with Starbucks for a Special Christmas Collab". HYPEBAE.
  15. ^ "セゾンアートギャラリー(SEZON ART GALLERY) – Terrace House Fun" (in Japanese).
  16. ^ "CNBLUE Jung Yonghwa Summer Dream Japan Solo Comeback For Summer Calling Album". Kimchislap.com. Retrieved December 6, 2018.

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