15 Asian Rising Stars in Hollywood You Need to Be Paying Attention to
This talented group has been writing, directing and starring in all of your favorite films and television shows
Talent: Comedian, writer, actor
Upcoming roles: After making his SNL debut as a staff writer in 2018, Yang is now going to be a featured player on the comedy sketch series, alongside newcomer Chloe Fineman. Yang is the first ever Asian-American cast member to join the show.
Best known for: Playing Jung Kim on Kim's Convenience
Upcoming roles: Marvel’s superhero Shang-Chi in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which is slated for a 2021 release.
Best known for: Playing Lara Jean Covey in Netflix's To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse
Upcoming roles: Condor will be reprising her role as Lara Jean in not only a sequel to the film, called P.S. I Still Love You (2020), but also a third movie based on the story, called Always and Forever Lara Jean (release date TBD).
Talent: Actress, rapper
Best known for: Albums Yellow Ranger and In Fina We Trust and films Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell
Best known for: Playing Reggie Mantle on Riverdale and Daniel Bae in the film The Sun Is Also a Star
Upcoming roles: Melton will be joining Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys 4 Life, which is headed to theaters in January 2020.
Ki Hong Lee
Best known for: Playing Minho in The Maze Runner film trilogy and Dong Nguyen in Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Upcoming roles: You can catch Lee next in the upcoming dark comedy, Looks That Kill, which is currently in post-production according to IMDB.
Talent: Reality star, actress, model, illustrator
Best known for: Playing herself on the reality show Terrace House: Aloha State and Switch in the FX series Legion
Talent: Screenwriter, producer, actor
Best known for: Writing for Parks and Recreation, co-creating Netflix's Master of None and producing Amazon Prime's Forever
Upcoming roles: Yang executive produced the 2019 comedy, Little America, and the 2019 drama, Tigertail.
Best known for: Directing episodes of FX's Atlanta and HBO's Barry and directing music videos for Childish Gambino, A Tribe Called Quest, Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus and more
Upcoming roles: Murai has been tapped to adapt post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven for television, according to Indiwire.
Best known for: Playing Miggy Park on Single Parents and Charles Bae in The Sun Is Also a Star
Upcoming roles: Choi will play the role of Colton in the upcoming comedy Keep Hope Alive (2020) and Richie in the upcoming dramedy Definition Please (2020).
Best known for: Playing Nico Minoru in Hulu's Runaways
Upcoming roles: Catch Okano next in the thriller Story Game as Chika and the comedy short Jelly as Becca.
Kelly Marie Tran
Best known for: Playing Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Upcoming roles: Tran will reprise her role as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) and will return as Jules on Sorry for Your Loss season 2, which premieres on Oct. 1, 2019 at 3 pm EST on Facebook Watch.
Best known for: Playing Mateo Liwanag in NBC's Superstore and Oliver T'sien in Crazy Rich Asians
Upcoming roles: In addition to continuing his role as Mateo in Superstore, Santos has also filmed a TV pilot for Best Seller, a comedy that is currently in post-production and executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.
Best known for: Playing Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons Why
Upcoming roles: Butler will be playing Trevor in the upcoming All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020).
Vincent Rodriguez III
Best known for: Playing Josh Chan in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Upcoming roles: While it's unclear what Rodriguez has planned next, you can bingewatch him right now as Detective Rudy Cruz in Insatiable on Netflix.