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Jessica Lu (April 18, 1985) is an American actress, model, and spokesperson. She is best known for her portrayal of down-to-earth Ming Huang on the MTV television series Awkward (TV series). The actress will also be playing the role of Tabitha on Ryan Murphy (Glee) and Ali Adler's new show, The New Normal (TV series), airing fall of 2012 on NBC.
Early life and education
Lu was born in Schaumburg, Illinois on April 18, 1985. She has a younger brother, Andy. As a child, she attended Hanover Highlands Elementary School located in Hanover Park, Illinois, Robert Frost Junior High, and James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Jessica grew up in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois, where she spent her childhood and high school days developing her love of theater and the performing arts. She went on to attend Columbia College Chicago, where she starred as the lead role in the musical Flower Drum Song, before graduating with an honors degree in Musical Theatre Performance.
Jessica Lu currently stars as the down-to-earth Ming Huang on the critically acclaimed MTV series Awkward (TV series). She will also be playing the role of Tabitha on Ryan Murphy's (Glee) new show, The New Normal (TV series), airing this fall on NBC. Jessica has also appeared in the TV series Law & Order: LA, CSI, and 90210.
Jessica has modeled in print ads for Got Milk?, OshKosh B'Gosh, Claire's, Parisian, Land's End, Chicago Place, and Carson Pirie Scott. Her modeling career also includes commercial work for Kaiser Permanente, Samsung, McDonalds, Ford Motors, and Orville Redenbacher's.
Advocacy and charity work
Jessica is an advocate for Love Is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect, which addresses the issues of bullying, depression and discrimination as well as the Trevor Project, an organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for the LGBTQ community.
Jessica resides in Los Angeles with her dog, Oprah, and her cat, Lucky.
(Jessica TV appearances & magazine features)
- Awkward; Recurring / Ming Huang/ MTV/ created by Lauren Iungerich
- The New Normal (ep.1.1); Recurring / Tabitha/ NBC/ d. Ryan Murphy
- Law & Order: LA (ep.1.1); Kai Ng; NBC/ d. Allen Coulter
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (ep. 10.9); Lily Xiaoping; CBS/ d.Kenneth Fink
- 90210 (ep.1.21); Catholic School Girl #2; CW d. Jamie Babbit
- Mortal Kombat: Rebirth—Featured/Whitney
- Fame—Featured/ School girl
- The Kari Files—Supporting/ Wendy
- Flower Drum Song—Lead
- West Side Story—Supporting
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