KELLY HU is currently recurring on the upcoming CW series, Arrow, as China White and recurred as Pearl on the hit series Vampire Diaries and as Laura Hill on the hit series Hawaii 5-0. She has also added to an already expansive list of credits by voicing a role on Cartoon Network's series Young Justice. She has long voiced the character Stacy on the animated series, Phineas and Ferb.
Onscreen, Kelly starred as Vanessa Lee in Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's romantic comedy ALMOST PERFECT, produced by Derrick Tseng. She appeared alongside Ving Rhames in the superb action film, THE TOURNAMENT, opposite Steven Weber in the thriller FARMHOUSE, and in the comedy DIM SUM FUNERAL. She had a recurring role on the hit Lifetime series, Army Wives, and recently guest starred on the long running series, CSI. Kelly also starred with David Arquette, and Johanthan Sillverman in the ABC series, In Case of Emergency.
Kelly starred with the A-list cast of X-MEN 2, the sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi tale X-Men. Playing the role of the villainess Yuriko Oyama a.k.a. Lady Deathstryke, Hu gets to demonstrate her mutant powers in an extraordinary fight scene with Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman. Other cast members included Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen and Rebecca Romijn.
Born in Honolulu of Chinese, Hawaiian, and English ancestry, Kelly Hu always wanted to be an actress. Determined to begin her career, Kelly catapulted into the spotlight in 1985 when she was crowned Miss Teen USA. She was later crowned Miss Hawaii USA on her way to becoming a finalist in the Miss USA Pageant. Her exposure in pageants 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, including the action film CRADLE TO THE GRAVE with Jet Li and DMX. Other feature film credits would include Universal Pictures' SCORPION KING, directed by Chuck Russell, THE DOORS, directed by Oliver Stone and NO WAY BACK, opposite Russell Crowe.
Additionally, Hu was seen on the hit series CSI: NY, and starred in the CBS action drama Martial Law, which received a TV Guide award for Best New Drama Series, and in Nash Bridges with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
Kelly is a black belt in Karate, a certified SCUBA diver and completed the Hawaii Marathon in 2006 to raise money for a charity she jumpstarted called Reef Check Hawaii. Kelly rescued her dog 'Mushu' from the Much Love Animal Rescue and continues to volunteer as a foster for them. She is also actively involved in fundraising for many other causes including school building projects in Africa and hosting an annual poker tournament for Best Buddies.
Convention Guest Appearances
- Wizard World St. Louis 2020 - June 5-7, 2020 in St. Louis, MO 2019
- Wizard World Comic Con Austin 2019 - November 8-10, 2019 in Austin, TX
- Wizard World Comic Con Madison 2019 - October 25-27, 2019 in Madison, WI
- Wizard World Comic Con Chicago 2019 - August 22-25, 2019 in Rosemont, IL
- Steel City Con 2019 - August 9-11, 2019 in Monroeville, PA
- Albuquerque Comic Con 2019 - January 18-20, 2019 in Albuquerque, NM 2018
- Comic Con Honolulu 2018 - August 3-5, 2018 in Honolulu, HI 2017
- Geek'd Con: Shreveport 2017 - August 18-20, 2017 in Shreveport, LA 2016
- Anime Matsuri 2016 - February 26-28, 2016 in Houston, TX
- Magic City Comic Con 2016 - January 15-17, 2016 in Miami, FL 2015
- Hartford Comic Con 2015 - September 19-20, 2015 in Hartford, CT 2014
- Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2014 - April 17-19, 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT
- Emerald City Comicon 2014 - March 28-30, 2014 in Seattle, WA 2013
- Denver Comic Con 2013 - May 31 - June 2, 2013 in Denver, CO
- Anime Matsuri 2013 - March 29-31, 2013 in Houston, TX
15 confirmed guest appearances