Michelle Krusiec

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Michelle Krusiec
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Krusiec at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight

Ya-Huei Yang[1]

Michelle Jacqueline Krusiec[1] (adopted name)
(1974-10-02) October 2, 1974 (age 44)
Other names 楊雅慧
Occupation Actress, writer, producer
Years active 1986–present
Website www.michellekrusiec.com

Michelle Jacqueline Krusiec[1] (born Ya-Huei Yang; Chinese: 楊雅慧; pinyin: Yáng Yǎhuì; October 2, 1974) is a Taiwanese American actress, writer and producer.

Early life[edit]

Krusiec was born in 1974 Taiwan.[2] She was adopted at age 5 by a Taiwanese aunt, her father's elder sister, who had married an American. [3] Krusiec's adoptive father renamed her Michelle Jacqueline, because he wanted her to have a French name.[1] Krusiec studied theater at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating with a B.A. in 1996, and later, from the University of Oxford.[4]


Television and voicework[edit]

Krusiec was recruited to be one of six globe-trotting travel reporters for the Discovery Channel series Travelers in 1996.[5] Along with Barbara Alvarez, Robin Kipp, Pearce Bunting, Patrick Michael, Foster Soloman, and later Lisa Clark, she traveled to over 50 different locations on the show.[5] Krusiec played the 18-year-old Molly O'Brien in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Time's Orphan". She co-starred in the NBC Saturday morning sitcom One World and played the role of Exquisite Woo on Popular. She played Mei-Ling Hwa Darling, one of the Darling family's daughters-in-law, in ABC's highly publicized dramedy, Dirty Sexy Money. She had a recurring role as "Nadine Park" on Season 4 of Fox's Fringe, and has also appeared on TV shows such as NBC's Community (as "Wu Mei", a love interest of Chevy Chase's character, Pierce Hawthorne), General Hospital as Attorney Grace Yang, The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Emily, Touch as Lanny Cheong, Nip/Tuck as Mei, CSI: Miami as Susan Lee, CSI: NY as Lisa Kim, NCIS, Grey's Anatomy, Weeds, Without A Trace, Cold Case as Kara, Monk as Maria, ER as Tong-Ye, and Titus as recurring character Nancy.

Krusiec provided the voice of Ayame in the video game, Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven. She has also provided various voices for multiple episodes of Seth MacFarlane's animated series, American Dad!.


Krusiec was a Best Actress nominee in the Golden Horse Film Festival for her performance in a U.S. independent film Saving Face (2005), written and directed by Alice Wu, in which she plays a Chinese American lesbian and surgeon named Wilhelmina Pang (also known as "Wil") juggling the demands of her girlfriend, Vivian Shing (played by Lynn Chen) and pregnant mother (played by Joan Chen). She has appeared in The Mind of the Married Man as Sachiko, the massage parlor girl who gives "happy endings." Krusiec appeared in a number of feature films including Knife Fight as Shannon, Sunset Stories as Nova, Relative Insanity as Marsha, Far North as Anja, the daughter of Michelle Yeoh's character, What Happens in Vegas as Chong, Cameron Diaz's character's competitive co-worker, Dumb and Dumberer as Cindy, The River Murders as Sung Li opposite Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, and Ving Rhames, Daddy Day Care as the English teacher, Take Me Home as Suzanne, Shuffle as Kevin's Mother, and independent film projects including Tanuj Chopra's Nice Girls Crew alongside Lynn Chen and Sheetal Sheth, Shawn Chou's Tomato and Eggs opposite Keiko Agena and Sab Shimono, and Erin Li's L.A. Coffin School opposite Elizabeth Sung and Megan Lee.


Krusiec wrote, directed, and performed a one-woman show entitled "Made in Taiwan" that premiered in Los Angeles and in New York at the New York International Fringe Festival of Theater, among other venues.[6][7] She has received funding from Visual Communications to develop the play into a feature film.[8][9]

Krusiec toured with the cast of David Henry Hwang's play, Chinglish, in the role of Xi Yian.[10][11] The first stop of the play was at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and then the South Coast Repertory (as the play is a joint production between the two theaters), and then to the Hong Kong Arts Festival in Hong Kong. The production of the play is directed by two-time Obie winner Leigh Silverman.[10][11]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Nixon Student #2
2000 For the Cause Layton
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Miko
2002 Pumpkin Anne Chung
Sweet Home Alabama Pan
Tomato and Eggs Evelyn Wang Short
2003 Daddy Day Care English Teacher
Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Cindy
Duplex Dr. Kang
2004 Best Actress Darla Hennings Short
Saving Face Wilhelmina 'Wil' Pang
2005 Cursed Nosebleed Co-Worker
2007 TV Series Nanking Yang Shu Ling
Far North Anja
2008 Henry Poole is Here Young Nurse
What Happens in Vegas Chong
2010 Zoom Hunting Cheating Man's Wife
2011 Take Me Home Suzanne
The River Murders Sung Li
2012 Knife Fight Shannon Haung
2013 Four of Hearts Christy
2015 The Invitation Gina
2017 20 Weeks Dr. Chen

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Lisa Episode: "Sexual Considerations"
1996 Travelers Host
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Older Molly O'Brien Episode: "Time's Orphan"
1998-2001 One World Sui Blake 39 episodes
1999 Popular Exquisite Woo 2 episodes
2000-2002 Titus Nancy 6 episodes
2001 The Mind of the Married Man Sushiko, Japanese masseuse Episode: "The God of Marriage"
2002 ER Tong-Ye Episode: "Tell Me Where It Hurts"
2003 Monk Maria Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect"
2003-2005 Without a Trace Ariel - Hostess / Call Girl 2 episodes
2004 Cold Case Kara Dhiet Episode: "Who's Your Daddy"
2005 Weeds Helen Chin Episode: "Free Goat"
Grey's Anatomy Anna Chue Episode: "Bring the Pain"
NCIS Maya Episode: "Under Covers"
2006 Standoff Kim Lau Episode: "Shanghai'd"
2007-2009 Dirty Sexy Money Mei Ling Hwa Darling 5 episodes
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Paula / Ellen Episode: "That Is Not My Son"
2009 CSI: NY Lisa Kim Episode: "Blacklist"
2010 CSI: Miami Susan Lee Episode: "Die by the Sword"
2011 Community Wu Mei Episode: "Competitive Wine Tasting"
2011-2012 Fringe Nadine Park 3 episodes
2012 Touch Lanny Cheong Episode: "Lost & Found"
2012-2013 Nice Girls Crew Geraldine 10 episodes
2014 Getting On Andrea Conrad 2 episodes
2016 Hawaii Five-0 Michelle Shioma 3 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Tenchu: Wrath of Heaven Ayame Voice


  1. ^ a b c d "Angry Reader of the Week: Michelle Krusiec".
  2. ^ "Review: Up close and personal". The Standard. Hong Kong. November 26, 2005. Archived from the original on May 22, 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Michelle Krusiec Interview - Asian American Actress -". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24.
  4. ^ "Michelle Krusiec: Official Website". Archived from the original on 2012-06-03.
  5. ^ a b "Michelle Krusiec: The Big Screen's Chameleon Sweetheart 1/3 - Asian American Personalities - GoldSea".
  6. ^ "Made in Taiwan official website".
  7. ^ Kim, Nancy. Made in Taiwan Theater Review Archived 2012-02-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "VC FILM DEVELOPMENT FUND". Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
  9. ^ "Somebody Picked Me or The VC Film Fund". Michelle Krusiec.
  10. ^ a b "Chinglish Hong Kong Collage". Michelle Krusiec.
  11. ^ a b "Chinglish at Berkeley Rep". Berkeley Rep. Retrieved 14 December 2016.

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