Hong Chau is an American actress of Vietnamese descent, known for her compelling performances in both film and television.
Born on June 17, 1979, in Thailand, she and her family immigrated to the United States as refugees when she was a child. Chau gained recognition for her roles in acclaimed films such as Inherent Vice (2014), Downsizing (2017), and Driveways (2019). She has been praised for her acting skills and ability to portray complex and nuanced characters.
|June 17, 1979
|Boston University, BFA in Acting
|5 feet 0 inches (152 cm)
|Estimated at $3 million (as of 2023)
Hong Chau Early Life and Education
Hong Chau was born in Thailand to Vietnamese parents, who fled their home country as refugees. Her family eventually immigrated to the United States, settling in New Orleans, Louisiana, where Chau grew up. She developed an interest in acting and pursued her passion by attending Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.
Hong Chau Career
Hong Chau’s acting career began with small roles in television shows such as Treme and How I Met Your Mother. Her breakthrough came in 2014 when she appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Inherent Vice.
Chau gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of Ngoc Lan Tran, a Vietnamese activist and amputee, in the film Downsizing (2017). Her performance earned her nominations for several awards, including a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Chau continued to deliver strong performances in both film and television, appearing in movies like Driveways (2019) and American Woman (2020), as well as the critically acclaimed HBO series Watchmen (2019).
Hong Chau Personal Life
Hong Chau has maintained a relatively private personal life. She often speaks about her experiences as an immigrant and the importance of representation in the entertainment industry but tends to keep details about her family and relationships out of the public eye.
Hong Chau Net Worth
As of 2021, Hong Chau’s estimated net worth is around $3 million. Her wealth primarily comes from her acting career in film and television, with a focus on critically acclaimed projects that showcase her diverse acting range.