Jamie Chung

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Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung 2009.jpg
Jamie Chung, 2009
BornJamie Jilynn Chung
(1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 31)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Riverside (B.A., Economics, 2005)[1]
Years active2004–present
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Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung 2009.jpg
Jamie Chung, 2009
BornJamie Jilynn Chung
(1983-04-10) April 10, 1983 (age 31)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Riverside (B.A., Economics, 2005)[1]
Years active2004–present

Jamie Jilynn Chung[2] (born April 10, 1983)[3][4][5] is an American actress and former reality television personality.

She first gained fame in 2004 as a cast member on the MTV reality series, The Real World: San Diego and subsequently through her appearances on its spin-off show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II. She is regarded by many as the Real World alumna with the most successful media career.[6][7]

She later transitioned into acting and has since become known for films, such as Grown Ups, Premium Rush, Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, Princess Protection Program, and Sucker Punch and having been the series lead of the ABC Family television miniseries Samurai Girl.

Chung received critical acclaim for her performance as the lead of the independent drama film about domestic human trafficking, Eden.

Since 2012, Chung has appeared in the recurring role of Mulan in the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time. She was part of the main cast of the NBC drama series Believe.

Early life

Jamie Chung was born and raised in San Francisco, California.[8][9] She and her older sister are second-generation Korean Americans, raised by "traditional" parents who moved to the United States in 1980, and ran a hamburger restaurant.[10][11] She was described by MTV as someone who "tells it like it is".[8][12] After graduating from Lowell High School in 2001,[13] Chung attended and graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Economics in 2005,[1] and where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.[14]

Reality TV work

Chung was a cast member on The Real World: San Diego, the fourteenth season of MTV's long-running reality TV show, The Real World, which first aired in 2004. At the time she was selected to be on The Real World: San Diego, she was described by MTV as a hard-working student who worked two jobs to pay her tuition, but who also enjoyed partying. She was also described by her friends as not having the best taste in men.[8]

After appearing on The Real World, Chung appeared on its spin-off game show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, as a cast member in that show's 2005 season, The Inferno II, during which she was a member of the "Good Guys" team, which squared off against the "Bad Asses". By the end of the season, after several cast members had been eliminated during the competition, Chung remained, along with her fellow Good Guys teammates Darrell Taylor, Landon Lueck, and Mike Mizanin. Chung and her teammates were victorious against the remaining members of the Bad Asses in the final event, and won the competition.

Acting career

On the cover of KoreAm, April 2009, with Park Joon Hyung

Since her stint on The Real World, she began her acting career appearing in various minor roles in television and films, including as Cordy Han in ten episodes of Days of our Lives, as a Hooters girl in the 2007 comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and in episodes of CSI: NY and Veronica Mars.

In 2008, she starred in her first major role as well as the series lead in the ABC Family miniseries Samurai Girl which launched in September 2008.[15]

She later had supporting roles in the 2009 feature films Sorority Row and Dragonball Evolution, in the latter as Goku's love interest, Chi Chi, as well as the lead role in one of the segments of the movie Burning Palms. Chung later went to star in the Disney Channel TV movie, Princess Protection Program which co-starred Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. She appeared in 2010 film Grown Ups and had a supporting role in the 2012 martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists.

Chung gained her first major feature film role in the 2012 film Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp[16] as well as starring as the lead in the 2012 independent film Eden, Chung plays a young Korean American girl abducted and coerced into prostitution by domestic American human traffickers. Chung currently portrays the recurring role of Mulan in the television series, Once Upon a Time.[17] Her appearance on the series was panned by Bruce Fretts of TV Guide, who felt that she did not fit into the series' fantasy world.[18]

In 2011, she provided the voice of Aimi Yoshida in the video game X-Men: Destiny.[19] She also co-starred in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, released in August 2014.

Awards and recognition

Chung won the Female Stars of Tomorrow Award at the 2009 ShoWest industry trade show along with her Sorority Row castmates.[20]

Personal life

Chung began dating actor Bryan Greenberg in early 2012. They became engaged in December 2013.[21]


Chung at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck and LarryHooters Girl
2009Dragonball EvolutionChi Chi
2009Sorority RowClarie
2009Burning PalmsGinny Bai
2010Grown UpsAmber Hilliard
2011Sucker PunchAmber
2011Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part IILauren
2012Premium RushNima
2012The Man with the Iron FistsLady Silk
2012Knife FightKerstin
2013Hangover Part III, TheThe Hangover Part IIILauren Price
20137500Suzy Lee
2014Bad JohnsonJamie
2014Sin City: A Dame to Kill For[22]Miho
2014RudderlessLisa Martin
2014Big Hero 6[23]GoGo TomagoVoice role
2015A Year and ChangePamPost-production
2004Real World: San Diego, TheThe Real World: San DiegoHerself28 episodes
2005Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno IIHerself/Challenge Winner17 episodes
2006Veronica MarsFlirting GirlEpisode: "Spit & Eggs"
2007KatrinaEllaTV film
2007ERJin KimEpisode: "Under the Influence"
2007Days of our LivesCordy Han10 episodes
2007CSI: NYMistyEpisode: "One Wedding and a Funeral"
2007GreekThe Tri Pi Sister2 episodes
2008GreekSienna"A New Normal"
2008Samurai GirlHeavan KogoMini-series
2009CastleRomy LeeEpisode: "Hedge Fund Homeboys"
2009Princess Protection ProgramChelsea BarnesTV film
2012–presentOnce Upon a TimeMulan[24]Season 2-present (recurring)
2014BelieveChanningSeries regular
Video games
2009Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: UprisingTakara
2011X-Men: DestinyAimi Yoshida


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  3. ^ "Jamie Chung at IGN". Stars.ign.com. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  4. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at Family Tree Legends
  5. ^ "제이미 정" (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Lee, Amber. "2. Jamie Chung". Bleacher Report. November 17, 2011
  7. ^ Beard, Lanford (May 21, 2012). "'The Real World': 20 years later, seven strangers who made their mark". Entertainment Weekly.
  8. ^ a b c Jamie Chung biography page, MTV.com, 2004, accessed March 28, 2011.
  9. ^ "Hot Jamie Chung", RipeTV, accessed March 31, 2011.
  10. ^ Nakayama, Paul (May 22, 2013). "Fall 2012 Cover Story: Jamie Chung". Audrey.
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  12. ^ "Jamie Chung: Fighting and Singing in Sucker Punch", Reel Movie News, September 3, 2009]
  13. ^ Abad, Terence "Caught in the Headlines". Lowell Alumni Association.
  14. ^ Topel, Fred, "Sorority Row Remake Scares its own Star", SciFi Wire, April 3, 2009 (archived 2009)
  15. ^ "Real World’s Party Girl is a Martial Arts Master". AsianWeek. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (June 20, 2010). "Two joining Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller". The Hollywood Reporter (e5 Global Media). Retrieved August 8, 2010. 
  17. ^ Matt Webb Mitovich (5 July 2012). "Exclusive: Wake Up! Once Upon a Time Has Cast Sarah Bolger as Sleeping Beauty". TV Line. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Fretts, Bruce (October 15, 2012). "Cheers & Jeers". TV Guide. Page 60.
  19. ^ "Comic-Con: X-Men: Destiny: Jamie Chung - Aimi BTS". IGN. July 22, 2011.
  20. ^ "Koreans are MVPs of Future Asian-American Stars", Korean Beacon, October 8, 2009
  21. ^ Ehrich Dowd, Kathy (January 3, 2014). "Jamie Chung Engaged to Bryan Greenberg". People. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ Kit, Borys (October 29, 2012). "'Sin City 2' Adds Jaime King and Jamie Chung". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Jamie Chung Next to Not Be Announced for ‘Big Hero 6′". Stitch Kingdom. April 28, 2014. Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ Hibberd, James (5 July 2012). "'Once Upon a Time' scoop: 'Hangover 2' actress cast as legendary warrior". EW.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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