Jessica Lu

Jessica Lu

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Jessica Lu
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Lu (left) and Devyn Smith (right) at VidCon on June 27, 2014
Born Jessica Lu
Alma mater Columbia College Chicago
  • Actress
  • model
  • spokesperson
Years active 2009–present

Jessica Lu is an American actress, model, and spokesperson. She is best known for her portrayal of Ming Huang on the MTV television series Awkward.

Early life[edit]

Jessica Lu was born in Schaumburg, Illinois and is of Chinese descent. She has a younger brother, Andy. As a child, she attended Hanover Highlands Elementary School located in Hanover Park, Illinois, Robert Frost Junior High in Schaumburg, Illinois, 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 in Chicago, Illinois, where she starred as the lead role in the musical Flower Drum Song, before graduating with an honors degree in Musical Theatre Performance.[citation needed]


As a student at Columbia College Chicago, Lu starred as the lead role in the musical, Flower Drum Song. She also played supporting roles in the musicals West Side Story and Ragtime.[citation needed]

Jessica Lu starred as the down-to-earth Ming Huang on the critically acclaimed MTV series Awkward.[1] Lu has also appeared in the TV series Law & Order: LA, CSI, and 90210.[2][3]

In 2009, Lu performed in the film short, The Kari Files, and the full-length feature film Fame. She portrayed Whitney in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth in 2010.

In 2013, Lu played in Joey Graceffa‘s YouTube series Storytellers.[4] In 2015 she starred on the side of Scott Glenn, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Kristen Hager in the thriller film The Barber.[5]

Lu has modeled in print ads for Got Milk?, OshKosh B’Gosh, Claire’s, Parisian, Lands’ End, Chicago Place, and Carson Pirie Scott. Her modeling career also includes commercial work for Kaiser Permanente, Samsung, McDonald’s, Ford Motors, and Orville Redenbacher’s.[citation needed]

Advocacy and charity work[edit]

Lu 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.[citation needed]


Film roles
Year2017 Title Student movie
2010 Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Whitney Short film
2014 About Last Night Ad executive
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Life Riceburner Girlfriend Episode: “Re-Entry”
2009 90210 Catholic School Girl #2 Episode: “The Dionysian Debacle”
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lily Episode: “Appendicitement”
2010 Law & Order: LA Kai Ng Episode: “Hollywood”
2011–2014 Awkward Ming Huang Recurring role (seasons 1–2); main role (season 3); 36 episodes
2012 The New Normal Tabitha Episode: Pilot
2014 Two and a Half Men Jean Episode: “Alan Shot a Girl”
2014 Salvation Hayley Stern TV movie
2015 Red Band Society Mae Episodes: “We’ll Always Have Paris” and “Waiting for Superman”
2015 Weird Loners Molly Episode: “Pilot”
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Bronwyn 2 episodes
Web series roles
Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Storytellers Mai Himura Main Cast(Season 1; 6 episodes)
2017 Reverie Alexis Barrett


  • Flower Drum Song—Lead
  • West Side Story—Supporting
  • Ragtime!—Supporting/Ensemble

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