Jamie Jilynn Chung (born April 10, 1983) is an American actress, blogger, 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.
Chung on February 6, 2013
|Born||Jamie Jilynn Chung
April 10, 1983
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Lowell High School
University of California, Riverside
|Spouse(s)||Bryan Greenberg (m. 2015)|
She later transitioned into acting and has since become known for films, such as Dragonball Evolution, Grown Ups, Premium Rush, Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch, and Big Hero 6 and having been the series lead of the ABC Family television miniseries Samurai Girl. Chung received critical acclaim for her lead performance in the independent drama film about domestic human trafficking, Eden. In 2017, she was cast as the teleporting mutant Clarice Fong/Blink in the superhero drama series The Gifted on Fox.
Jamie Chung was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She and her older sister are second-generation Korean-American, raised by "traditional" parents who moved to the United States in 1980, and ran a hamburger restaurant. She was described by MTV as someone who "tells it like it is". After graduating from Lowell High School in 2001, Chung attended and graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in economics in 2005; she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
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.
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.
After 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.
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. That same year, she starred as the lead in the independent film Eden, in which she played a Korean American girl abducted and coerced into prostitution by American human traffickers. Since 2012, she has appeared in the recurring role of Mulan in the television series Once Upon a Time.
In 2017, Chung was cast as Blink in the Fox superhero series The Gifted. She portrays a younger version of the character played by Fan Bingbing in the 2014 feature film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of her character, Chung said "Blink doesn't want to be a hero, she grew up in a world where people are bullied for being mutants" and added that she is "not at her full capacity yet" like Bingbing's version . Chung talked about how she enjoys talking about the limitations of her character's powers with the writers and teased that Blink would become more akin to the character fans know from the Exiles comics as the first season progresses.
Awards and recognition
Chung began dating actor/musician Bryan Greenberg in early 2012. They became engaged in December 2013. During a visit to Chung's hometown of San Francisco, Greenberg proposed to Chung by singing a song he wrote. They were married in October 2015 at the El Capitan Canyon resort in Santa Barbara, California. The wedding was a three-day celebration consisting of a welcome dinner on Halloween Eve in which guests were required to wear costumes, followed by a wedding ceremony on October 31 in which Chung and Greenberg exchanged non-denominational vows.
|2007||I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry||Hooters Girl|
|2009||Dragonball Evolution||Chi Chi|
|2009||Burning Palms||Ginny Bai|
|2010||Grown Ups||Amber Hilliard|
|2011||Hangover Part II, TheThe Hangover Part II||Lauren|
|2012||The Man with the Iron Fists||Lady Silk|
|2013||Hangover Part III, TheThe Hangover Part III||Lauren Price|
|2014||Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Miho|
|2014||Big Hero 6||GoGo Tomago||Voice role|
|2015||A Year and Change||Pam|
|2015||It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong||Ruby|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Katherine|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Meghan|
|2017||Band Aid||Cassandra Diabla|
|2004||Real World: San Diego, TheThe Real World: San Diego||Herself||28 episodes|
|2005||Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno II||Herself/Challenge Winner||17 episodes|
|2006||Veronica Mars||Flirting Girl||Episode: "Spit & Eggs"|
|2007||ER||Jin Kim||Episode: "Under the Influence"|
|2007||Days of Our Lives||Cordy Han||10 episodes|
|2007||CSI: NY||Misty||Episode: "One Wedding and a Funeral"|
|2007||Greek||The Tri Pi Sister||2 episodes|
|2008||Greek||Sienna||"A New Normal"|
|2008||Samurai Girl||Heavan Kogo||Miniseries|
|2009||Castle||Romy Lee||Episode: "Hedge Fund Homeboys"|
|2009||Princess Protection Program||Chelsea Barnes||TV film|
|2010||Grey's Anatomy||Trina Paiz||Episode "Adrift and at Peace"|
|2012–2016||Once Upon a Time||Mulan||12 episodes, Seasons 2–3, 5 (recurring)|
|2014||Believe||Janice Channing||13 episodes, series regular|
|2015–present||Resident Advisors||Olivia||7 episodes, series regular|
|2016||Gotham||Valerie Vale||6 episodes; recurring role|
|2017–present||Big Hero 6: The Series||GoGo Tomago||Series regular|
|2017–present||The Gifted||Clarice Fong/Blink||Series regular|
|2009||Command & Conquer Red Alert 3: Uprising||Takara|
|2011||X-Men: Destiny||Aimi Yoshida|
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