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Karen Fukuhara (born February 10, 1992) is an American actress. She is known for her role of Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana in the 2016 DC superhero film Suicide Squad.

Karen Fukuhara
Suicide Squad Japan Premiere- Karen Fukuhara.jpg
Fukuhara at the Japan Premiere of Suicide Squad in August 2016
Born (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles[1][2]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2016–present


Life and careerEdit

Fukuhara was born in Los Angeles, California. While attending UCLA, she continued to work on numerous shows on NHK in Japan, most notably those on the Disney Channel as a member of Movie Surfers.[3][4] She was also involved in the a cappella group, Medleys, during her college career. Fukuhara graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Theater.[1][2]

In 2016, Fukuhara made her big screen debut as Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana in the superhero film Suicide Squad, which was released in August 2016.[5][6] Although she has prior martial arts experience with a brown striped belt in karate, Fukuhara trained for about two months during pre-production in order to learn how to wield a sword correctly.[7] On early December 2016, Fukuhara announced that she just completed the first week of filming for Stray (alongside Christine Woods, Miyavi, and Ross Partridge).[8] Karen Fukuhara voiced the characters Sewer Queen and Alexis in the pilot for the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek.


Year Title Role Notes
2016 Suicide Squad Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana
2017 Stray Nori
2017 The Lost Laura Baker Short
Year Title Role Notes
2017–present Craig of the Creek Sewer Queen, Alexis (voice) Animated series
2018 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Glimmer (voice)[9] Animated series
2019 The Boys Female[10] Series regular; upcoming series


  1. ^ a b "karenfukuhara". Instagram. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  2. ^ a b Keenan, Patrick (2016-01-21). "KAREN FUKUHARA '14". UCLA Alumni Association. Retrieved 2018-01-30. 
  3. ^ Cepero, Esteban (November 6, 2015). "A Look To The Past: The Suicide Squad Cast In Their Earliest Roles!". movie pilot. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Nguyen, Minh (August 1, 2016). "Karen Fukuhara Talks 'Suicide Squad,' Katana, and 'Dora the Explorer'". NBC News (Interview). Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ Hawkes, Rebecca (May 26, 2015). "Suicide Squad: everything you need to know". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on June 6, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  6. ^ Trumbore, Dave (July 11, 2015). "Suicide Squad Cast Reveals First Trailer At Comic-Con". Collider. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ Regensdorf, Laura. "Meet Karen Fukuhara, Suicide Squad's Karate-Trained Breakout Star". Retrieved 2016-08-13. 
  8. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2 December 2016). "Christine Woods, 'Suicide Squad's Karen Fukuhara & More Join 'Sleight' Team's 'Stray'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "She-Ra gets a makeover! A first look at the new Netflix series and meet the cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  10. ^ Petski, Denise (March 21, 2018). "'The Boys': 'Suicide Squad's Karen Fukuhara Cast In Amazon's Superhero Drama Series". Deadline. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 

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