Zoë Carol Chao (born September 19, 1985) is an American TV and stage actress and screenwriter prominently known for her role as Isobel in Strangers.
|Born||September 19, 1985|
Chao was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her mother has Anglo-Irish roots, and her father is a second-generation Chinese American. Chao has also stated that she grew up in a family of visual arts. She received her BA in art history from Brown University and her MFA from the graduate acting program at UCSD.
Chao has participated in theatre productions, like La Jolla Playhouses' Sideways, Surf Report, and WoW Festivals' Our Town. Additionally, she appeared in Ensemble Theatre Company's Amadeus. In 2016, Chao appeared in the off-Broadway play Friend Art at Second Stage. Chao has worked alongside directors Christopher Guest, Les Waters, Ping Chong, and Chris Ashley.
Chao also starred in her own TV series The God Particles, which she wrote and produced. Chao co-produced the 2017 short Like Animals. She is perhaps best known for starring as Isobel in Strangers. The first three episodes were screened at the Sundance Film Festival.
|2006||My Girlfriend's Abroad|
|2014||The Gordon Game||Wife||Short|
|The God Particles||Rue|
|2019||Where'd You Go, Bernadette||Soo-Lin|
|The High Note||Katie|
|I Used to Go Here||Laura|
|2011||The Protector||BAO House Girl||Episode: "Beef"|
|2012||Hart of Dixie||Dr. Lee||Episode: "Disaster Drills & Departures"|
|2014||God Particles||Rue||4 episodes|
|2014||The Comeback||Shayna||4 episodes|
|2015||Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn||Ms. Nakamura||Episode: "Sweet Foot Rides"|
|2015||Monster Girls||Halfoff||TV short|
|2016||Rizzoli & Isles||Mimi Tanaka||Episode: "A Shot in the Dark"|
|2016||That's What She Said||TV miniseries|
|2019||The OA||Mo||2 episodes|
|2019||Living with Yourself||Kaylyn||Recurring role|
|2020–present||Love Life||Sara Yang||Main role|
|TBA||The Afterparty||Zoe||Upcoming role|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2015||Best Female Performance in a Comedy||International Academy of Web Television Awards||Won|
- "ZOË CHAO". ISSUE Magazine. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
BIRTH DATE: 9/19/85 BIRTH PLACE: Providence, RHODE ISLAND
- "In 'Strangers,' Actress Zoe Chao Explores Bisexuality and the Late-20s Identity Crisis". NBC News. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- "STRANGERS- An original series by Mia Lidofsky". indiegogo.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- "In the Comic 'Friend Art,' Some Opinions Are Better Left Unsaid". New York Times. Retrieved May 27, 2016.
- ""Strangers" Is The Show Nailing The Hilarious, Sad Struggles of Adulting". refinery29.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
- "Refinery29 Debuts Scripted Series 'Strangers' at Sundance". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved November 28, 2017.