Zoë Chao

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Zoë Chao (born September 19, 1985) is an American TV and stage actress and screenwriter prominently known for her role as Isobel in Strangers.

Zoë Chao
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 34)[1]
  • Actress
  • screenwriter

Early lifeEdit

Chao was born in Providence, Rhode Island.[1] Her mother has Irish-English roots, and her father is a second-generation Chinese American.[2] Chao has also stated that she grew up in a family of visual arts.[2] She received her BA in art history from Brown University and her MFA from the graduate acting program at UCSD.[3]


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. Chao has worked alongside directors Christopher Guest, Les Waters, Ping Chong, and Chris Ashley.

Chao has also starred in her own TV series The God Particles, of which she wrote and produced. Chao co-produced the 2017 short Like Animals. Chao is perhaps best known for starring as Isobel in Strangers.[4] The first three episodes were screened at the Sundance Film Festival.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

During the filming of Strangers, Chao had to move from New York City to Los Angeles.[2]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 My Girlfriend's Abroad
2014 The Gordon Game Wife Short
The God Particles Rue
2015 Dirty Beautiful Jamie
Dirty Garden Short
Center Pedal Y Short
2017 Like Animals Mary Short
2019 Where'd You Go, Bernadette Soo-Lin
2020 Downhill Rosie
I Used to Go Here Laura
The High Note Katie


Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 Strangers Isobel Main
2019 The OA Mo 2 episodes
2019 Living with Yourself Kaylyn Recurring role
2020 Love Life Sara Harris Main role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 Best Female Performance in a Comedy International Academy of Web Television Awards Won


  1. ^ a b c "ZOË CHAO". ISSUE Magazine. Retrieved October 9, 2019. BIRTH DATE: 9/19/85 BIRTH PLACE: Providence, RHODE ISLAND
  2. ^ a b c "In 'Strangers,' Actress Zoe Chao Explores Bisexuality and the Late-20s Identity Crisis". NBC News. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "STRANGERS- An original series by Mia Lidofsky". indiegogo.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  4. ^ ""Strangers" Is The Show Nailing The Hilarious, Sad Struggles of Adulting". refinery29.com. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Refinery29 Debuts Scripted Series 'Strangers' at Sundance". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved November 28, 2017.

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