December 24, 1976 |
New York City, New York
Lynn Chen (Chinese: 陳凌; pinyin: chén líng; born December 24, 1976) is a Chinese American actress. She is best known for playing "Vivian Shing" in Sony Pictures Classic's feature film Saving Face, a role for which she won the "Outstanding Newcomer Award" at the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards. She writes the popular food blog The Actor's Diet. Chen was named a 2013 "New Change Agent" by Marie Claire Magazine.
Chen was born in Queens, New York and raised in Cresskill, New Jersey. Her mother is an opera singer and father was the founding president of The Kunqu Society, Inc. She has one brother; he is also in the music field. Her parents came to America from Taiwan in the late 1960s. She is currently married to Abe Forman-Greenwald.
Chen attended Wesleyan University.
Chen has appeared in Alice Wu's film Saving Face as Vivian Shing opposite Michelle Krusiec (who played a character named Wilhemina Pang, Shing's love interest). and Joan Chen. For her role in that film, she won the "Outstanding Newcomer Award" at the 2006 Asian Excellence Awards.
In 2014, Chen appeared on the episode "Proof of Concept" of Mike Judge's HBO show, Silicon Valley as Grace Melcher. Before Saving Face, Chen appeared on TV shows such as All My Children (as reoccurring character Regina), Law & Order (as Jenny Wu), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (as Helen Chen), and a 2002 episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jon Stewart as a Vietnamese Girl. She has also appeared on the TV Shows Law & Order: Trial by Jury (as Lin - Kressel's Assistant), Numb3rs (as Bree Eng), NCIS: Los Angeles (as Nurse Lisa), and the pilot for the show The Singles Table (as Lexi Park). 2016 will portray a nurse, in the Pilot episode of Fear the Walking Dead, which is a spinoff to The Walking Dead.
Chen has also appeared in feature films such as Neil LaBute's Lakeview Terrace (2008) opposite Samuel L. Jackson (as Eden), David Langlitz's Mentor (2006) opposite Rutger Hauer (as Susan), Quentin Lee's The People I've Slept With (2009) (as Juliet, the sister of Karin Anna Cheung's character), Richard Wong's Yes, We're Open (2012) (as Sylvia, the wife of Parry Shen's character), Dave Boyle's White on Rice (2009) (as Ramona), Dave Boyle's Surrogate Valentine (2011) and Daylight Savings (2012) (as Rachel), Tom Huang's Why Am I Doing This? (2009) (as Katie), Kedar Korde's Xs & Oxs (2007) (as Gwen), Jennifer Sharp's I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks (2007) (as Candace), and Mark Levin's Little Manhattan (2005).
Web Series and Online Content
She currently appears on a web series entitled Nice Girls Crew directed by Tanuj Chopra (Sundance Film Festival Humanitas Prize Winner Punching at the Sun) and written by Chopra and Christine Kwon. The web series also stars her Saving Face co-star Michelle Krusiec as well as Sheetal Sheth. She also appears on an episode of Andrea Lwin's web series, Slanted (as Samantha). Chen has also written and produced a short film entitled Via Text (2011), which was directed by her husband Abe Forman-Greenwald.
- Yes, We're Open (2012)
- Surrogate Valentine (2011)
- Why Am I Doing This? (2009)
- The People I've Slept With (2009)
- White on Rice (2009)
- Lakeview Terrace (2008)
- X's and O's (2007)
- I'm Through with White Girls (The Inevitable Undoing of Jay Brooks)
- Mentor (2006)
- Little Manhattan (2005)
- Fly Me Home (2005)
- Saving Face (2004)
- Fortune (2002)
- Up to the Roof (2002)
- The Singles Table (2006)
- Numb3rs (2005)
- Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
- All My Children (2003)
- Saturday Night Live (2002)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2001)
- Nice Girls Crew (2012)
Video Game Cutscenes
- Call of Duty: Black Ops III (2015)
- Official Website of Lynn Chen
- New Change Agents Lisa Lee Lyn Chen, marieclaire.com. March 25, 2013. Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- Chang, Althea D. "Asian American and Female in American Television and Films: Lynn Chen from All My Children", AsianLife Magazine. Accessed September 30, 2007. "As a young student in Cresskill, NJ, she was defined by her acting, so she eventually wanted to try something new."
- Honoring Fu-Yen and Lynn Chen, AAJA V3Con, http://v3con.com/2012/08/15/honoring-fu-yen-and-lynn-chen/
- TV Guide, Lynn Chen, http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/lynn-chen/163250
- Lynn Chen Interview, http://usasians-articles.tripod.com/articles-lynn-chen4.html
- Fear the Walking Dead
- AMC Announces Two Season Order for “WALKING DEAD” Spin-off Series
- AV Club, Lynn Chen, http://www.avclub.com/articles/episode-113-lynn-chen,97590/
- Lynn Chen, Notes on the Road, http://notesontheroad.com/lynn-chen.html
- AboutMe, LynnChen, http://about.me/lynnchen
- Lynn Chen, TaiwaneseAmerican.org, 100 Passionate People, http://taiwaneseamerican.org/100people/lynn-chen/
- CAAM, Nice Girls Crew, http://festival.caamedia.org/30/guide/program/nice-girls-crew/
- CAAM, Nice Girls Crew Season 1, http://caamedia.org/blog/2012/11/05/nice-girls-crew-season-1-on-youtube/
- Lynn Chen in 'Via Text', Angry Asian Man, http://blog.angryasianman.com/2011/10/lynn-chen-in-via-text.html
- Via Text, Cast/Crew, http://viatextmovie.com/castcrew