What’s New With Kelly
Kelly Hu is currently providing voice talents for various animation series, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Karai, Young Justice as Cheshire and Paula Crock, and Disney’s Phineas and Ferb as Stacy Hirano. The American actress and former model also appeared recently in White Frog as May Chung, and in the television series Fairly Legal and Breakout Kings. Kelly will be hosting the third annual poker tournament in June 2012 at Bartel’s Harley Davidson in Marina Del Rey, in support for Best Buddies International – a charity group to which she has given her full support.
Kelly plays on behalf of Much Love Animal Rescue (www.muchlove.org). Much Love Animal Rescue exists to rescue abused, neglected and homeless animals from the streets and shelters of Los Angeles and place them in loving homes. Much Love is a 100% non-profit organization run entirely by dedicated volunteers who offer their time and resources to house, train, transport and care for these animals. Since its inception in 1999, Much Love has placed over 3,000 animals into loving homes.
Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kelly Ann Hu or simply Kelly Hu made a name for herself by portraying notable roles in various movies and TV series. Her first big break was on the hit TV show, Growing Pains (1985), wherein she played the character of Mike Seaver’s love interest. The American actress followed this guest star role with a string of appearances in television series such as Night Court, 21 Jump Street, Tour of Duty, and Melrose Place. Her first movie role was as Eva Watanabe in the Randy Cheveldave-produced slasher film, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.
Kelly began her career as a fashion model before appearing as a Japanese student named Kaori in the television advertisements for Philadelphia brand cream cheese in Italy. She triumphed in 1993 winning the Miss Hawaii USA pageant. Prior to the victory, Kelly also won the Miss Teen USA crown in 1985, making her the very first Asian American female to win such a title.
In 1995, the former model played the character of an undercover police officer in the film No Way Back. She exhibited a fantastic performance, thus, leading her to portray other police officer roles; including in Nash Bridges as Michelle Chan, as Pei Pei “Grace” Chen on Martial Law, and as Agent Mia Chen in the TV series Threat Matrix. Kelly was also seen in feature films such as The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave, and The Doors. In 2003, she shared the big screen with Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen and Rebecca Romijn in X-MEN 2, wherein Kelly played the role of the villainess Yuriko Oyama a.k.a. Lady Deathstryke. Aside from onscreen performances, the former Miss Hawaii also provided voice talents for the popular video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, The Sith Lords, and for Cartoon Network’s Young Justice. Kelly was also the first Asian-American to be featured on the cover of Maxim magazine (May 2002 and May 2005) which at the time was the biggest selling issue.
In addition to her acting credits, Kelly had a recurring role on the hit series, Army Wives, and was seen in the long-running series, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS, and on the ABC series In Case of Emergency. Moreover, she appeared in the films Stilletto, Farmhouse, The Tournament, and in the comedy Dim Sim Funeral. In 2010, the American actress recurred as Pearl on the famous TV show Vampire Diaries, and as Laura Hill on the hit series Hawaii 5-0. Currently Kelly is working on the new CW series Arrow as China White.
Kelly has a black belt in karate, is a certified scuba diver, and completed the Honolulu Marathon on December 10, 2006 to help jumpstart an environmental organization called Reef Check Hawaii. She is also a part of fundraising events, benefitting school building projects in Africa and Best Buddies International. Kelly is an awesome poker player!