Meiling Melançon

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Mei Melançon
Born (1980-03-03) March 3, 1980 (age 37)
Nationality American
Occupation Actress, writer, director, producer, model

Meiling Melançon (born March 3, 1980) also known as Mei Melançon 明依, Mei Melançon or Mei Melancon is an American actress and former fashion model.

Early life[edit]

Born in The Philippines, she was raised in mainly Japan, Hong Kong and Korea, Mei is of French, Chinese, and Japanese descent.[1] As a child she traveled throughout Asia and Europe. Her mother is of French heritage and her father is Chinese and Japanese. At the age of five her mother taught her how to play the guitar, and she was later in a children's band called Blossoms. In an interview with Giant Robot editor Eric Nakamura, Mei spoke about her nontraditional strict upbringing. She was not allowed to watch most films and television, only classics and that they were not allowed to listen to popular music due to religious reasons.[2]


Melançon started acting in 2003. She was at that time a successful model and was signed to Wilhelmina Modeling Agency.

Melançon appeared in the final season of The L Word as recurring character "Jamie Chen," as Psylocke in X-Men: The Last Stand, as "Miyu", Kevin Spacey's assistant in Shrink, as Lynda in the HK-shot film Irreversi, as Dr. Catherine Ivy in the psychological thriller/horror film Pathology with Milo Ventimiglia, and as the other "Girl in the Car" along with Maggie Q in Rush Hour 2 when she was still modeling. Melançon also starred as Lotus Long in Timothy Tau's short film bio-pic Keye Luke, which premiered at the 2012 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and which was Closing Night Film of the inaugural 2013 Seattle Asian American Film Festival.[3] She recently starred in Blumenthal where she played Scottish actor Brian Cox's niece, and the film made its premiere in 2013 at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Melançon's career reaches beyond acting. She has directed a short film entitled "Cafe on a Staircase" as well as a comedy short film with Tim Nackashi entitled "Inner Beauty" that she wrote and produced and which also stars comedian Liz Carey and Victoria's Secret model Frankie Rayder shown on[4][5] She has also co-wrote a short film entitled "Stephany + Me," with Ben Duhl co-starring Tara Summers Directed by Peter Shanel.[6] Melançon recently produced and starred in a PSA written by Comedian Todd Glass that has been covered by the Huffington Post, Perez Hilton among other news outlets.[7] Melançon has also written articles for Giant Robot Magazine.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Mei Melançon is the second oldest child in a family of 11 children.[9] In her free time she enjoys writing, surfing, and practicing Wushu Kung Fu. Melançon currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City.


Year Movie Role
2015 Sanctuary Payton
2014 Higher Power Ms. Sabi
2014 American Romance Agent Flores/Denice Torres
2012 Keye Luke Lotus Long
2012 Blumenthal Christina
2012 Shockwave: Darkside 3D'' The Machine
2009 Shrink Miyu
2009 The Truth About Angels Mei
2008 Fold Maki
2008 Pathology Catherine Ivy[10]
2007 Loaded Rose
2007 Irreversi Lynda[11]
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Psylocke[12]
2001 Rush Hour 2 Girl in Car[13]
2001 Double Take La Perla model


Year Television Show Role
2016 Legends of Tomorrow Masako Yamashiro
2010 Private Practice Elena Stone
2009 The L Word Jamie Chen
2006 Kitchen Confidential Beautiful Patron
2005 Deadwood Chinese Slavewhore[13]
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Vanessa Green[13]


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  3. ^ Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times, Seattle Asian American Film Gets Under Way, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Cafe on a Staircase, Directed by Mei Melancon,
  5. ^ Inner Beauty by Mei Melancon,,com-id-btk2tTsJwzI
  6. ^ Stephany & Me, Daily Motion,
  7. ^ Todd Glass' PSA for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (Video),
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  10. ^ "Review: Pathology". Cinematical. April 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  11. ^ "Mei Melancon". Daily Variety. April 24, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  12. ^ "Psylocke joins X-Men 3's baddie line-up". The Star. January 3, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  13. ^ a b c "Animax targets the youth market". Manila Standard Today. June 24–25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 

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