Born in Honolulu, Kelly Hu always aspired to be an actress. Determined to begin her career, Kelly catapulted into the spotlight in 1985 when she was crowned Miss Teen USA becoming the first Asian American to win the title. Her exposure in the teen pageant led to modeling assignments and her first acting job, a guest star role on the television series Growing Pains.
She would soon begin appearing in feature films such as THE DOORS, directed by Oliver Stone and NO WAY BACK, opposite Russell Crowe. Additionally, Hu joined the casts as a regular in the Aaron Spelling soap opera Sunset Beach, CBS action drama Martial Law, which received a TV Guide award for Best New Drama Series, and Nash Bridges with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
Kelly would later be cast to star opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the Universal Pictures' SCORPION KING, directed by Chuck Russell and with the A-list cast of X2: X-MEN UNITED, the sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi tale X-MEN. Playing the role of the villainess Yuriko Oyama a.k.a. Lady Deathstrike, Hu gets to demonstrate her mutant powers in an extraordinary fight scene with Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman. She displays her black belt skills again in the action film CRADLE TO THE GRAVE battling Jet Li.
During the course of her career, Kelly has recurred on numerous television series including CSI:NY, Army Wives, Vampire Diaries, Warehouse 13 and Hawaii 5-O.
Kelly also has an extensive list of credits in voice acting having long voiced the character Stacy on the animated series, Phineas and Ferb and the character of Karai on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. She can currently be found voicing roles on Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure, Young Justice and Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters.
Currently, Hu also recurs on the CW hit series, Arrow, as China White, the new AMC series, Dietland, as Abra Austen and on Seth MacFarland’s The Orville as Admiral Ozawa.
An avid traveller Kelly has been to over 50 countries but still finds time for charity work. She rescued her dog ‘Mushu’ from the Much Love Animal Rescue and continues to volunteer as a foster. Completing the Honolulu Marathon in 2006 she raise over $100K for a charity she jumpstarted called Reef Check Hawaii. She also serves as Ambassador for Best Buddies, a charity helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has hosted an annual poker tournament for Best Buddies California for six years and the Best Buddies Friendship Jam in Hawaii for the past three.
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