Born on February 13th 1968, Kelly Hu is an American actress who was formerly a fashion model. Hu began to model after being inspired by her cousin who was a successful model in Japan. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Hu graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu before going on to win Miss Teen USA 1985, and then Miss Hawaii USA 1993, which helped Kelly Hu to become a familiar face. Interestingly, Kelly Hu was the first Asian American winner of Miss Teen USA, despite being allegedly told the USA was not yet ready for a prominent Asian role model.
In 1987, Hu moved to the city of Los Angeles, California, where she landed a role in ‘Growing Pains’, followed by appearances in ‘Jump Street’ and ‘Melrose Place’. In 1995 Kelly Hu landed her very first movie role in ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ followed by a part in ‘No Way Back’.
In 1997 Hu appeared in ‘Sunset Beach’ as ‘Dr. Rae Chang’ and is best known for this role. Since ‘Sunset Beach’ Hu has appeared in a large number of movies and television shows including ‘Nash Bridges’ ‘The Scorpion King’ ‘Cradle 2 the Grave’ ‘X-Men 2’ ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and many more.
A Full-time Role
In 2007, Hu was finally given a full time role in ‘In Case of Emergency’ where she played ‘Kelly Lee, unfortunately the show was cancelled, but that didn’t spell the end for Hu as she went on to appear in ‘The Air I Breathe’ and ‘Shanghai Kiss’ in the same year.
In 2009, Hu went on to land a part in the movie ‘The Tournament’ and ‘Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology’, what’s more is she also appeared in NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS. This made her the very first actress to cross-over between both series.
As well as a part in ‘Vampire Diaries, Hu has also starred in ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Kelly Hu has also worked as voice talent for the video game ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords’
Kelly Hu currently stars as ‘China White’ in ‘Arrow; and also as ‘Abigail Cho’ in ‘Warehouse 13’ and is once more a familiar face on our screens.
As far as humanitarian work is concerned, Hu has supported The Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment, Save The Children and Best Buddies International.