Arden Cho

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Arden Cho
Born(1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 28)[1]
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
(Bachelor's Degree in Psychology)[2]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active2004–present
AgentIndependent Artists Agency
Website
www.ardencho.com
 
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Arden Cho
Born(1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 28)[1]
Amarillo, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
(Bachelor's Degree in Psychology)[2]
OccupationModel, actress
Years active2004–present
AgentIndependent Artists Agency
Website
www.ardencho.com

Arden Cho [3] is an American actress, singer/songwriter and model. She has appeared in supporting roles in the television shows CSI: NY[1] and Pretty Little Liars[4] and the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid.[5] Also in 2011, Cho starred in the 35-minute YouTube feature Agents of Secret Stuff presented by Nigahiga and Wong Fu Productions.[6] In 2013 it was announced that Cho would play the role of "Kira" on the popular MTV series Teen Wolf.

Early life[edit]

Cho was born in Amarillo, Texas. She spent most of her childhood years in Dallas and her late teenage years in Minnesota.[7] Cho graduated in 2003 from Apple Valley Senior High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota and in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a bachelor's degree in psychology, also studying theater.[8]

During childhood Cho developed her musical skills, studying piano for eight years and cello for six. She also took four years of dance studio training and six years of gymnastics with a floor concentration.[9] In 2003, her final year of Senior High School she performed in the Dance Team of the Walt Disney World Parade.[10] That led to her participation in sports and competitive cheerleading in high school and college. Cho has also had seven years' training in martial arts, in particular Tae Kwon Do.[11]

In 2004, Cho was named Miss Korea Chicago, granting her the opportunity to compete in the Miss Korea Pageant in Seoul, South Korea, for the honor of representing South Korea in the Miss Universe Pageant. Cho then acted as Master of Ceremonies for the 2005 Miss Korea Chicago beauty pageant and the 27th Inauguration of the Korean American Association of Chicago in 2007[12] and as co-host of the 2010 JYJ United States Tour with Shane Yoon.[13]

After being named Miss Korea Chicago in 2004, Cho visited orphanages and made public appearances for humanitarian causes in her ambassadorial role. These experiences "helped solidify her belief in the value of connecting with others and the paramount importance of helping those less fortunate."[14] In pursuit of this ideal and as a follow-up to these experiences she visited Kenya in the summer of 2007 on a two-month humanitarian trip before moving to Los Angeles.[15]

Modeling[edit]

In 2010, the cosmetic brand Clinique announced Cho as the model for their newest advertisement campaign in Asia. The campaign was launched in mid-November 2010. Clinique was reported to have stated that they "selected Cho not because she was Korean, but because she had the beauty to represent Asia."[16] Cho modeled for Reebok Korea in 2010 and for Nike Japan in 2008. She has also modeled for Apple and Alexander McQueen and appeared in Vogue, Purple Fashion and Nylon Magazine.[17]

Film and television[edit]

Cho has appeared in films, television series and commercials in the United States and Asia.[18] In 2011 she appeared in the role of Pru, a friend of Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) in Season 1, Episode 20 ("Someone to Watch Over Me"), of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars.[19] The episode originally aired on March 7, 2011.[20] In 2011 she also appeared in the role of Gia in the monster film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, directed by Mary Lambert. In 2009 Cho appeared in Season 5, Episode 19 ("Communication Breakdown"), of the CBS show CSI: NY, in the supporting role of Gahee Paik, the daughter of a Korean father suspected of murder.[21] The episode originally aired on March 25, 2009.[22] In 2008 Cho played the grown-up lead of Hyori (the younger version being played by Megan Lee) in the short film My First Crush, directed by Rocky Jo.[23] She has also appeared in the webseries KTown Cowboys.[24]

Music[edit]

On February 22, 2011, Cho released the single "I’m Just a Girl" on iTunes.[25] Cho was the co-writer, composer and singer on the single; Ed Huang was co-writer and music producer.[26] On February 25, 2011, Cho published a self-produced music video for the single on YouTube featuring Tim Lacatena.[27] Musical videos featuring her collaborations with other YouTube figures including Gerald Ko, Jason Chen, Ken Salomon and Megan Lee appear on her ardenBcho YouTube account, reflecting her initial view of them as nonprofessional.[28] Another musical collaboration to which Cho has lent her voice is the non-commercial Mark Allen song "I Once Knew."[29]

YouTube[edit]

Cho is a prolific YouTube author, mainly producing vlogs and musical videos but also appearing as a guest on established YouTube channels. Her commercial and film work may also be observed on YouTube.

In May 2010, Cho and Grace Su created the YouTube account artichokeandpeachies,[30] named for its owners' respective monikers, "artichoke" being a pseudo-homophone of "Arden Cho" and "peachies" alluding to Grace Su’s personal blog at peachies.net. The channel features the collaborative video-blogging efforts of the twenty-something Los Angeles roommates. Of the channel, Cho said, “Initially, we had no idea what direction we wanted to go in. The first blog we did, we basically just said ‘hi.’”[31] Although the account is now closed, Cho has pursued the publishing of YouTube content with her solely owned accounts ardencho and ardenBCho. The accounts are for her vlogs and her film and television work, respectively.

Cho also stars as a lead in the Nigahiga and Wong Fu Productions 35-minute feature Agents of Secret Stuff. The feature premiered in a special screening event at the CGV Cinemas in Koreatown, Los Angeles, on November 23, 2010, and officially premiered online on November 24, 2010, on Ryan Higa's YouTube channel.[32] Appearing alongside Cho as the protagonist is Higa accompanied by Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval in the role of the antagonist and Aki Aleong.[33]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006The Break-UpVIP Party GuestFilm
Second MoonSupporting RoleFilm
2008Mad TV Season 13, Episode 11Supporting RoleTelevision Series
My First CrushGrown Up Hyori (Lead)Short Film
Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat WarriorsMiriam (Lead)Film
Spy GamesTanya (Lead)Short Film
2009Layover, on the ShoreLaura (Lead)Short Film
ForgottenJane DoeShort Film
CSI: NY Season 5, Episode 19 "Communication Breakdown"Gahee PaikTelevision Series
When Lara Met CharlieArdenShort Documentary
2010The Grey CoatJae Hee (Lead)Short Film
KTown Cowboys Season 1, Episode 5 "How to Go K-Clubbin"SarahWeb Series
KTown Cowboys Season 1, Episode 6 "A Friend Is a Friend Is a Friend"SarahWeb Series
KTown Cowboys Season 1, Episode 7 "How to Be Awesome at Karaoke"SarahWeb Series
KTown Cowboys Season 1, Episode 8 "Finale"SarahWeb Series
2011Mega Python vs. GatoroidGiaFilm
Agents of Secret StuffTaylorThirty Five Minute YouTube Film
Pretty Little Liars Season 1, Episode 20 "Someone to Watch Over Me"PruTelevision Series
Rizzoli & Isles Season 2, Episode 8 "My Own Worst Enemy"LeeTelevision Series
2012Video Game High SchoolKorean TV HostessWeb Series (Episode 1)
Walking the HallsKylieLifetime made-for-TV film
MandevillaMin Young KimShort Film
2014Teen WolfKira[34]Television series

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Trent McKnight (July 9, 2012). "Rising Star: Arden Cho". Yahoo! Voices. Yahoo!. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Arden Cho". Illinois Fighting Illini. Retrieved November 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Surname Undisclosed, Melody (March 9, 2011). "Arden Cho: A Pretty Little Liar". audrey Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Pseudonym, CM (November 17, 2010). "Ryan Higa and Arden Cho star in ‘Agents of Secret Stuff’ + official trailer". allkpop. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Bio". Official website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Biography for Arden Cho". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ For Arden's Gymnastics concentration, see "Resume, Training/Skills". Official website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Arden Cho". OmniPop Talent Group. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Resume". Actors Access. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Arden Cho". OmniPop Talent Group. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ Pseudonym, CM (November 10, 2010). "Arden Cho and Shane Yoon to MC the American stops for JYJ World Tour". allkpop. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Bio". Official website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ Kim, Samuel (July 20, 2009). "Arden Cho". Korean American Christian Media. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ Pseudonym, VITALSIGN (October 5, 2010). "Korean chosen as Clinique’s new model". allkpop. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  17. ^ Kim, Samuel (July 20, 2009). "Arden Cho". Korean American Christian Media. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ "News". Official website. Archived from the original on 10 February 2011. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ Surname Undisclosed, Melody (March 9, 2011). "Arden Cho: A Pretty Little Liar". audrey Magazine. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Someone to Watch Over Me". ABC Family. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Arden Cho". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Communication Breakdown". TV.com. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  23. ^ Kamel, Marina (March 27, 2011). "Adren Cho and Megan Lee Cover "Forget You" by Cee Lo Green (Glee Version)". audrey Magazine. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  24. ^ "The Cast". KTown Cowboys. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  25. ^ "I'm Just a Girl – Single". Apple. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Arden Cho – I'm Just a Girl". ardenBcho. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  27. ^ Pseudonym, channel APA (February 26, 2011). "I’m Just a Girl by Arden Cho". channel APA. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  28. ^ Pseudonym, VITALSIGN (December 12, 2010). "Arden Cho, Gerald Ko, and Jason Chen reveal Christmas collaboration". allkpop. Retrieved March 29, 2011. 
  29. ^ "I Once Knew (my music)". alive not dead. Retrieved March 30, 2011. 
  30. ^ "artichokeandpeachies". YouTube. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  31. ^ Eun, Elizabeth (November 3, 2010). "In Blog We Trust: Part I of III". KoreAm. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  32. ^ Pseudonym, CM (November 17, 2010). "Ryan Higa and Arden Cho star in ‘Agents of Secret Stuff’ + official trailer". allkpop. Retrieved April 2, 2011. 
  33. ^ "Agents of Secret Stuff". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 4, 2011. 
  34. ^ http://www.eonline.com/news/450830/teen-wolf-scoop-jeff-davis-teases-season-3b-s-new-mythology-derek-s-return-and-a-potential-spinoff

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