Actor Bio Sheet – Justin Chon
Character/Job: Eric Yorkie
Actor/Production Person: Actor
Birthday: Between May 21 – June 21, (he is a Gemini) and born in the 1980’s.
City and State: Garden Grove, California
Official casing announcement link: http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1581186/20080207/story.jhtml
Life Bio: Justin Chon is a bright up-and-coming actor, his career starting only a little over two years ago. Being that Justin is a new face in Hollywood, his background is a tad unclear and the information is from the few interviews he has done. Born Justin Jitae Chon in Garden Grove, California, he was raised in Southern California with his parents and continues to live in the Los Angeles area. Justin is described as an easy-going, California boy, enjoying his time at the beach surfing or spending time with friends. He played saxophone in the marching band during his high school years at University High School in Irvine, California. He attended the University of Southern California where he majored in Business Administration. To fulfill the language requirements of his degree, after trying Japanese, he changed to take Korean. It was spoken around his home growing up, however he had not mastered it and took this opportunity to. During his junior year, he spent time in South Korea as part of a year abroad. The first semester he lived in the dorms of Yonsei University in Seoul while the second with his maternal grandmother. Through this experience he was able to learn about his culture which would further aid him in a role in the movie “Crossing Over”. His father was an actor in film and television in South Korean but gave it up to marry Justin’s mother and move to the United States. His mother’s parents did not approve of his father’s occupation so he left it to start a retail business in Southern California. His mother is an accomplished pianist and has passed her passion of music to Justin who is accomplished in several instruments. Due to his father being in films, he was naturally drawn to the films and television and it became a fascination for him. While growing up, Justin noticed that there were not many Asian American actors. This caused him to feel that his dream of being an actor would be impossible until he saw John Cho in “American Pie.” It was then he felt that he could pursue this dream as a career and not as a hobby. His career started with an episode of “Jack and Bobby”, a television mini-series. Following this, he was in two short films: “Taki and Lucy” and “Fleetwood” and an episode of “The O.C.” His cross over from television to film came with his part in the Disney television movie “Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior” where he plays the lead character’s brother, Peter Wu. Justin joined the cast for the new Nickelodeon show “Just Jordan” in 2007, as Tony Lee and has already signed for the next season. However, he is balancing this role with the several film roles he is working on. Although television is his start, Justin says he prefers to do films as they remind him of summer camp. He looks forward to continuing with his acting career and later on possibly getting involved with directing films. Although described as a down-to earth individual, he is a driven actor who continues to hone his craft through acting classes and top-notch acting coaches.
Fun Facts: One of Justin’s favorite movies is “Interview with a Vampire.” He enjoys playing music (piano, violin, guitar and saxophone), watching television, skateboarding and surfing. He owns a shoe company called Attic. His first paying acting job was a T-Mobile commercial, Justin says he played a “Chinese immigrant wannabe rapper.”
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Film Credits: “Puff, Puff, Pass” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0466771/ and “Hack” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475289/
Youtube film clips: “Hack” http://youtube.com/watch?v=VY6MQu6Wy4I
“Just Jordan” http://youtube.com/watch?v=XQIDpZz17ns&feature=related
Non-Twilight Interview Links (Youtube/other news sites): http://aarising.com/aprofiler/justinchon.htm
Fan sites (were applicable): http://www.justinchon.com/index.php
Send Fan Mail to: See his profile on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Justin_Chon/541706496) and/or Myspace (http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=635566).
This actor bio was prepared by: Una