Lu (left) and Devyn Smith (right) at VidCon on June 27, 2014
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago|
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.
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.
Advocacy and charity work
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.
|2010||Mortal Kombat: Rebirth||Whitney||Short film|
|2014||About Last Night||Ad executive|
|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|
|2013–2014||Storytellers||Mai Himura||Main Cast(Season 1; 6 episodes)|
- Flower Drum Song—Lead
- West Side Story—Supporting