Fans of the TV series Sunset Beach will admit that Kelly Hu is undeniably one of the most seductive people you have ever seen. The Asian-American actress boasts an exquisite face, an amazing body structure, and a complimentary, sonorous voice, which has enabled her to make a career on the catwalk and as a voice artist in addition to her appearance on camera. Hu’s physical beauty and elegance can’t be underestimated as she has earned her crown in several beauty contests. This has served as the starting point for a successful career in show business that has lasted for more than three decades.
Kelly Hu’s Fact Card
Her humble beginnings as a beauty queen
Kelly Ann Hu was born as the daughter of an exotic bird breeder named Herbert and a mother named Juanita, who worked as a draughtswoman in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 13, 1968. Hu grew up on the island and showed the ability to perform at the tender age of two. She spent much of her childhood composing and performing songs at every available opportunity. She also took part in several school productions, including a Christmas play in which she played an angel.
Given this background, it was only natural that Hu went into show business and she was not disappointed. She began by participating in the Miss Hawaii Teen USA and the Miss Teen USA Pageant in 1985, both of which she won, making history as the first Asian-American winner of the Miss Teen USA Pageant.
After graduating from high school, the young lady traveled to Japan and worked as a model. She then returned to the United States and entered the Miss Hawaii USA contest in 1993, which she won again to make history as the first former Miss Teen USA to win the Miss USA title. Hu then placed fourth in the 1993 Miss USA Pageant.
How Kelly Hu Managed to Launch a Career in Hollywood
With the money she had saved from her work as a model, Kelly Hu moved to Los Angeles in 1987 to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. In the tinsel town, she first started with commercials before she landed her first role in the TV series “Growing Pains” with a total of three episodes.
After this modest debut, the Hawaiian-born actress was given roles in several other TV series and films, although she usually limited herself to one-off appearances and supporting characters. However, Hu was not discouraged, so she persevered and eventually starred in the 2002 blockbuster The Scorpion King, where she played a powerful sorceress named Cassandra. The film was a huge commercial success and helped to put her in the spotlight.
Her Struggles with Typecasting
Since her breakthrough in The Scorpion King, Kelly Hu has starred in several major movies and television series including X2, Americanese, Underclassmen, Cradle to the Grave, F.R.E.D.I, Arrow, Hawaii Five-O, and The Vampire Diaries. The Hawaiian-born actress has appeared in a variety of projects, but a careful review of her filmography would show that she usually gets action roles like cop, killer, bodyguard, or supervillain. This can be attributed to the fact that Hollywood often stereotypes Asian actors and restricts them to Kick-Ass roles.
Hu has expressed her frustration with this unpleasant reality. In her opinion, she would like to play all kinds of roles and not just those of action figures. She further adds that such a typification limits her creativity as an actress.
Kelly Hu faced this problem head-on instead of playing the victim card. She has done so by continuing to raise awareness of the struggle to improve the portrayal of Asian people in Hollywood.
What We Know About Kelly Hu’s Love Life
Kelly Hu first went out with investment banker Ahmad Ali Moussaul in 1996. The relationship lasted two years before the two separated in 1998. After the separation, the actress began a relationship with talent manager Gordon Gilberstan in 1999. She later appointed him as her personal manager, but their romance lasted only one year.
Not much was heard about her dating life until the Scorpion King’s actress began dating musician, writer, and producer Mitch Allan in 2010. The two were seen together at many public events, and Hu openly raved about her husband in several interviews, revealing that she liked listening to his songs. This romance lasted almost six years before the couple separated in 2016. Since then, she has not been romantically involved with any other person. She also has no children and does not plan to have any in the future. Although she loves children, in her opinion she has never been interested in having children of her own and is satisfied with them.
Quick Facts About Kelly Hu
|Date of Birth:||13 February 1968|
|Age:||52 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 Feet 5 Inch|
|Birth Name||Kelly Ann Hu|
|Birth Place/City||Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Working For||Movies and TV shows|
|Net Worth||$10 million|
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Weight in KG||53kg|
|Famous for||Voice artist, model|
|Education||Kamehameha Schools, Pepperdine University|
|Movies||Kepler’s Dream, Farm House, The Doors|
|TV Show||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, NCIS: Los Angeles, Arrow|