Ramona Young

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Ramona Young
Born
Ramona Abish Young

(1998-08-08) August 8, 1998 (age 23)
EducationCalifornia State University, Los Angeles
OccupationActress
Years active2010–present
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)

Ramona Abish Young[1] (born August 8, 1998 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress. She is known for her recurring roles on the television series Man Seeking Woman, The Real O'Neals, and Santa Clarita Diet. Young is also known for her regular roles as Kaya on Z Nation, Mona Wu on Legends of Tomorrow and Eleanor on Never Have I Ever.

Early life[edit]

Ramona was educated in both Hong Kong, her parents' homeland, and the United States off and on until she was eight years old.[2] Young graduated early from California State University, Los Angeles and studied acting at Playhouse West.[1] On her family, Young stated "I don’t have family in the business. My grandfather is an eastern doctor. My grandmother sold clothes on the sidewalk. My mother is in the Navy. My father is a psychologist and professor."[3]

Career[edit]

One of Young's first credited roles was an appearance in a 2014 episode of the short-lived ABC sitcom Super Fun Night.[4] In 2015, she wrote, produced, and starred in a short film, titled Reflections.[5] She also directed and did various other production duties on another short film, Live Exit Here, for which she additionally starred in, wrote, and produced.[1]

In 2016, Young began portraying Kaya, an Inuk woman, during the third season of Syfy's Z Nation, later becoming a main cast member.[6][7] She originally auditioned for the role of Sun Mei.[5] That same year, Young was cast in another recurring role as Allison, a lesbian teenager, on the second season of ABC's The Real O'Neals.[4]

In January 2017, Young joined the cast of FXX's Man Seeking Woman in a recurring capacity as Robin for the third season.[8] The following month, Young was featured in the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet, playing an eponymous deadpan store clerk in all three seasons.[9][10][11] In 2017, she was also cast as a series regular in the Fox comedy pilot Thin Ice.[12] The project was later passed on.[13]

Young portrayed Angelica in the 2018 comedy film Blockers.[14] In July 2018, it was announced that Young had joined the main cast of The CW's Arrowverse series Legends of Tomorrow as Mona Wu (previously named Alaska Yu)[15] for the show's fourth season.[16]

In 2020, it was revealed that Young had joined the cast of Mindy Kaling's Netflix series Never Have I Ever.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Young is a First-generation Chinese-American. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese fluently and can understand a few less widely known dialects because of her grandmother.[2] Young has been doing martial arts since about the age of four. She specifically practices Wushu.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Specter Eve / Ghost Short
2015 Live Exit Here N/A Also director, writer, producer, etc.
2015 Twelve Missy Tollegs
2015 Wanderers Catalina Short
2015 Reflections Florence Ming Short; Also writer & producer
2016 Star-Crossed Dipper Short; Also writer
2016 Subversion Brit Jones Short
2016 The Thinning Adele
2016 Set Life Paula Short
2016 Harry Decisions N/A Cinematographer
2016 Date Night Ava / Candace / Kaylee Short
2017 Amuse'd Ramona Short
2018 Blockers Angelica
2018 All About Nina Mika
2018 Bottomland Marilyn Short
2020 Unpregnant Emily

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 This Indie Thing Kevin's Rude Fan Episode: "A Little Respect"
2014 Super Fun Night Geeky Girl #2 Episode: "Cookie Prom"
2016–2018 Z Nation Kaya Main role (Seasons 3-5)
2016–2017 The Real O'Neals Allison Adler-Wong Recurring role (Season 2)
2017 Man Seeking Woman Robin Recurring role (Season 3)
2017–2019 Santa Clarita Diet Ramona Recurring role (Seasons 1-3)
2017 Thin Ice Isis Unsold pilot
2017 Review Bo Episode: "Co-Host, Ass-Slap, Helen Keller, Forgiveness"
2017 Flip the Script The Grip Episode: "Diva Director"
2018–2020 Legends of Tomorrow Mona Wu Main role (Season 4), Recurring role (Season 5); 17 episodes
2020-present Never Have I Ever Eleanor Main role (Season 2), Recurring role (Season 1)

Music video[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 If Your BFFs Breakup Were a Music Video Rachel BuzzFeed Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "RAMONA ABISH YOUNG – SAG-AFTRA". Aspire Talent Management. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Chew, Cohan (April 26, 2018). "INTERVIEW: SANTA CLARITA DIET'S RAMONA YOUNG DISCUSSES DREW BARRYMORE, NETFLIX AND REPRESENTATION". Resonate. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ramona Young". Naluda Interviews. Archived from the original on August 5, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Raftery, Liz (July 26, 2016). "Exclusive: The Real O'Neals Casts a Lesbian Friend for Kenny". TV Guide. Archived from the original on November 29, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Busser, Lauren (December 5, 2016). "Ramona Young Discusses 'The Real O'Neals' and 'Z Nation' [Exclusive Interview]". Tell Tale TV. Archived from the original on August 6, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Young, Paul (September 30, 2016). "Z Nation Review: Murphy's Miracle". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  7. ^ Morrison, Matt (December 17, 2017). "Z Nation Renewed For Season 5 At Syfy". Screen Rant. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Wiegand, David (January 3, 2017). "'Man Seeking Woman' for viewers seeking laughs". SFGate. Archived from the original on December 9, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Roschke, Ryan (January 6, 2017). "Drew Barrymore's Netflix Comedy Is a Lot Darker and Grislier Than You Think". PopSugar. Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  10. ^ Reiher, Andrea (March 23, 2018). "A "heated agreement" leads to Santa Clarita Diet's best season-2 episode yet". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on July 4, 2018. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  11. ^ Lipsett, Joe (March 29, 2019). "[TV Review] There's Plenty to Die For in "Santa Clarita Diet" Season Three". Bloody Disgusting! (in American English). Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (February 23, 2017). "Damon Wayans Jr. To Star In Seth Rogen's FX AI Comedy Pilot; Ramona Young Joins 'Thin Ice'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  13. ^ Petski, Denise (February 23, 2017). "Fox Update: Network Passes On All Remaining Pilots". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  14. ^ Robinson, Joanna (April 6, 2018). "The Story Behind Blockers' Unexpected Gay Romance". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on December 8, 2018. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  15. ^ Romano, Nick (July 21, 2018). "DC's 'Legends of Tomorrow' adds two new characters for season 4". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 22, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  16. ^ Mitovich, Matt (November 5, 2018). "Legends of Tomorrow Sneak Peek: How Does the Time Bureau 'Dare to Defy'?". TVLine. Archived from the original on November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Hersko, Tyler (April 16, 2020). "'Never Have I Ever': Netflix Drops Trailer for Mindy Kaling's Upcoming Teen Series". IndieWire. Retrieved April 20, 2020.

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