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Junie Hoang
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Junie Hoang (Huong) is a well-known Vietnamese-American actress. Her films include working on “Big Momma’s House 2”, “Tropic Thunder” and “Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story” as well as the TV shows “America’s Most Wanted”, “Street Fighter II-V”, “Penn & Teller: Bullshit” and “Gene Simmons Family Jewels”. With a background in dance, Hoang is based in Los Angeles, California.

Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

Welcome to OpenBeast. Tell us about yourself.

I got her start in dance at age sixteen. Graduated salutatorian of my high school class. My studies at Texas A&M University earned me a B.S. in Biomedical Science from the College of Veterinary Medicine. Received a teaching certificate in dance and later trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. My interests include studying martial arts and learning different languages. I am fluent in Vietnamese and English, practices conversational Spanish and have dabbled in French.

How and why did you enter the world of showbiz?

My first love was dance, so I decided to pursue the performing arts. I started studying ballet, jazz, modern and tap and later decided to experiment with acting.

So talk to us about your passion for dance.

I enjoyed collaborating with other dancers and performing on stage, so I joined a dance company. Afterwards, I started doing dance theater, including “M. Butterfly”, which then sparked my interest in acting.

What’s your best gig thus far?

A movie I just shot called “Monica”.  It took a couple of years for us to get it made and was a very personal project for me. The cast was incredible from top to bottom and they brought this story to life.

Any upcoming projects or initiatives you would like to discuss?

The films “Monica”, “Pretty Perfect” and “The Concerto”, with Michael Madsen, Janel Parrish (“Pretty Little Liars”) and Jackson Rathbone (“Twilight”).  I’m also getting ready to shoot the movies “My B.F.F.” and “Step Sista” later this year and next year.

Mentors or role models?

In the entertainment business, my mentor would be Greg Carter. He’s a director/producer that I’ve worked with for almost 20 years.

In my personal life, my role models would be my family and close friends. We’ve endured and are still standing and staying positive.

What are your favorite leisure time activities?

I LOVE the horror genre and anything that has to do with celebrating Halloween. I also enjoy playing any sport that involves a racket.

Dogs or cats?

I have one cat back in Texas. I adore pets and plan on working with some charities to help animals.

Thank you. 

For more info about Junie Hoang visit www.juniehoang.com

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