Cho at a 2014 Teen Wolf panel in London
|Born||Arden Lim Cho
(1985-08-16) August 16, 1985
Amarillo, Texas, United States
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|Occupation||Model, actress, singer|
Arden Lim Cho (born August 16, 1985) is an American actress, singer and model, best known for her role as Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf. She starred in the 2011 feature Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. As a model she worked mostly in Asia while she released an EP My True Happy in 2013.
Born in Amarillo, Texas to Korean-American parents, Cho spent most of her childhood years in Dallas and her late teenage years in Minnesota together with her younger brother. As a child, she was often a target for bullying and was hospitalized twice for injuries after being physically attacked, saying that “I had two teeth knocked out, a chipped tooth, [and] I still wear a wire . . . my entire face was cut up. It was bad. It took me six months to completely recover.”  Growing up in areas with few ethnic minorities, she was made to feel like an outsider. She attended Apple Valley High School and was a highly involved student, saying that “My parents put me in dance classes, martial arts, sports, spelling bees, painting, music, cello; all sorts of things.”  It wasn’t until she moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign where she majored in psychology that she connected with her Asian American background. It was there that she attended her first drama classes and developed an interest in the profession, noting “theater was the first time I felt like I could open up and be someone I could only imagine to be”.
In 2004, Cho entered and won the Miss Korea Chicago competition, giving her the opportunity to take part in the Miss Korea Pageant in Seoul, South Korea. The latter proved to be a disappointing experience as she was urged to get plastic surgery. After graduating in 2007 she spent the summer of that year in Kenya on a two-month humanitarian trip. Upon her return, she decided to move to Los Angeles where she worked odd jobs while trying to pursue a career in acting.
In 2010, the cosmetic brand Clinique announced Cho as the model for their newest advertisement campaign in Asia. The campaign was launched in mid-November 2010. Clinique was reported to have stated that they “selected Cho not because she was Korean, but because she had the beauty to represent Asia”. Cho modeled for Reebok Korea in 2010 and for Nike Japan in 2008. She has also modeled for Apple and Alexander McQueen and appeared in Vogue, Purple Fashion and Nylon Magazine.
Film and television
In 2011 she appeared in the role of Pru, a friend of Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) in Season 1, Episode 20 (“Someone to Watch Over Me”), of the ABC Family show Pretty Little Liars. The episode originally aired on March 7, 2011. In 2011 she also appeared in the role of Gia in the monster film Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, directed by Mary Lambert. In 2009 Cho appeared in Season 5, Episode 19 (“Communication Breakdown”), of the CBS show CSI: NY, in the supporting role of Gahee Paik, the daughter of a Korean father suspected of murder. The episode originally aired on March 25, 2009. In 2008 Cho played the grown-up lead of Hyori (the younger version being played by Megan Lee) in the short film My First Crush, directed by Rocky Jo. She has also appeared in the webseries KTown Cowboys. Cho also starred in the 2010, 35-minute YouTube feature Agents of Secret Stuff presented by Nigahiga and Wong Fu Productions.
In 2014, Cho joined the TV series Teen Wolf as Kira, starting as a recurring character in season 3 but promoted to a main cast role in season 4. In April 2016, ahead of her talk at University of Illinois at Chicago for Asian American Awareness Month, Arden Cho posted a YouTube video on her personal channel revealing that she will not be returning for season 6 of Teen Wolf.
On February 22, 2011, Cho released the single “I’m Just a Girl” on iTunes. Cho was the co-writer, composer and singer on the single; Ed Huang was co-writer and music producer. On February 25, 2011, Cho published a self-produced music video for the single on YouTube featuring Tim Lacatena. Musical videos featuring her collaborations with other YouTube figures including Gerald Ko, Jason Chen, Ken Salomon and Megan Lee appear on her other, more informal ardenBcho YouTube account. Another musical collaboration to which Cho has lent her voice is the non-commercial Mark Allen song “I Once Knew”.
|2006||The Break-Up||VIP Party Guest|
|2008||My First Crush||Grown Up Hyori||Short Film|
|2008||Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors||Miriam|
|2008||Spy Games||Tanya||Short Film|
|2009||Layover, on the Shore||Laura||Short Film|
|2009||Forgotten||Jane Doe||Short Film|
|2009||When Lara Met Charlie’||Arden||Short Documentary|
|2010||The Grey Coat||Jae Hee||Short Film|
|2010||Agents of Secret Stuff||Taylor||Thirty Five Minute YouTube Film (With Ryan Higa)|
|2011||Mega Python vs. Gatoroid||Gia|
|2012||Mandevilla||Min Young Kim||Short Film|
|2012||Picture Perfect||Leukemia awareness Short Film for The Jubilee Project on YouTube|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Korean sniper shot in the head by Mike Banning||Uncredited, silent role|
|2013||The Baytown Outlaws||Angel|
|2008||Mad TV||Supporting Role||Season 13, Episode 11|
|2009||CSI: NY||Gahee Paik||Episode: “Communication Breakdown”|
|2011||Pretty Little Liars||Pru||Episode: “Someone to Watch Over Me”|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||Lee||Episode: “My Own Worst Enemy”|
|2012||Walking the Halls||Kylie||Television film|
|2014–2016||Teen Wolf||Kira Yukimura||Recurring role (seasons 3); Main role (seasons 4–5); 44 episodes|
|2014||Castle||Kiara||Episode: “The Way of the Ninja”|
|2015||Hawaii Five-0||Mia Price||Episode: “Kuka’awale (Stakeout)”|
|2016||Tween Fest||Lexii C.|
|2013||Tomb Raider||Samantha Nishimura/Stephanie/Sun Queen||Voice only|
|2010||KTown Cowboys||Sarah||“How to Go K-Clubbin”, “A Friend Is a Friend Is a Friend”, “How to Be Awesome at Karaoke”, “Finale”|
|2012||Video Game High School||Korean TV Hostess||Episode 1|