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

Karen Fukuhara
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Born (1992-02-10) February 10, 1992 (age 26)
Los Angeles, California
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.[citation needed] 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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