Julie Suzanne Chen (born January 6, 1970) is an American television personality, news anchor, and producer for CBS. She has been the host of the U.S. version of the CBS reality-television program Big Brother since its debut in July 2000 and is the longest-serving host of any country’s version of the show. She is also a co-host and the moderator of the CBS daytime show The Talk. Previously, she was a co-anchor of The Early Show on CBS.
The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Julie Chen was born in Queens, New York City. Her grandfather, Lou Gaw Tong, grew up “dirt poor” in the rural village of Penglai in the Fujian province of China, but became wealthy through a chain of grocery stores and ultimately became a polygamist with nine wives and 11 children. Julie has two older sisters, Gladys and Victoria.
Chen attended Junior High School in the Whitestone area of Queens. Chen went on to graduate from St. Francis Preparatory School in 1987. She attended the University of Southern California and graduated in 1991, majoring in broadcast journalism and English.
One of her earlier jobs came in June 1990, interning at CBS Morning News alongside Andy Cohen – the series which she would anchor a decade later – where she answered phones and copied faxes for distribution. The following year, while still in school, she worked for ABC NewsOne for one season as a desk assistant. She was subsequently promoted to work as a producer for the next three years. The following year, she traveled to Dayton, Ohio, to work as a news anchor for WDTN-TV, from 1995 to 1997. During her time in Dayton, Chen underwent blepharoplasty, a plastic surgical procedure the goal of which was to make her eyes appear larger.
From 1999 to 2002, Chen was the anchor of CBS Morning News and news anchor of CBS This Morning and later The Early Show, alongside Bryant Gumbel, Jane Clayson, Hannah Storm, Harry Smith, Maggie Rodriguez, Erica Hill, and Rene Syler. From 2002 to 2010, she was a co-host of The Early Show on CBS, before leaving the daily position but remaining as a special contributing anchor of the program until its cancelation. Before CBS News, she was a reporter and weekend anchor at WCBS-TV in New York City.
Since 2000, she has also been the host of the American version of Big Brother. During the first season (2000), Chen was widely criticized in the media for her heavily scripted, wooden delivery in her interaction with the studio audience and in the interviews on the live programs, earning her the nickname “Chenbot.” She has indicated in two separate interviews, that she takes no personal offense to the term, adding that it may derive from her “precise on-air style” which comes from “a desire to be objective”. She again acknowledged the nickname while discussing mugs made in her likeness when she proudly proclaimed, “I am the Chenbot!” in a segment on The Early Show.
Chen is the moderator of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk, which premiered on October 18, 2010. The show is similar to The View although not as politicized. The show currently features Chen, Eve, Sharon Osbourne, show creator Sara Gilbert, and Sheryl Underwood as the co-hosts. Former co-hosts include Marissa Jaret Winokur, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete., and Aisha Tyler. 
In January 2015, Chen guest-starred in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode “In The Line of Duty” portraying a U.S. Ambassador.
Following her graduation from USC as a broadcasting and English major, she became a news assistant for ABC News in Los Angeles, California, in September 1991. There, she met her future longtime boyfriend, television news editor Gary Donahue. Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Television, began dating the Big Brother host during his marriage to Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves. On April 22, 2003, a week after Les Moonves signed a five-year multimillion-dollar contract with Viacom, his wife filed for divorce in L.A. Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences, according to her lawyer Dennis Wasser. Divorce proceedings were delayed for almost two years because of financial settlement disagreements. On December 10, 2004, Moonves got a court to grant an early divorce, leaving spousal support and child support to be determined at a later date.
On December 23, 2004, Chen and Moonves were married in a private ceremony attended by friends and family at a private home in Acapulco, Mexico. On September 24, 2009, Chen gave birth to their son, Charlie Moonves.
On September 11, 2013, during the first week of Season 4 of The Talk, Chen revealed that she had undergone blepharoplasty early in her career after being pressured by her previous news director and a high-profile agent. Chen said that her decision “divided” her family, but she stated must “live with every decision that I’ve made and it got me to where we are today. And I’m not going to look back.”
Chen can speak Mandarin Chinese but is not entirely fluent. Regarding her heritage, she stated: “[W]hen my son was born it was like a revival of me trying to get back in touch with my Chinese roots. It’s important for me to have it back in my life, so I could put it into my son’s life.” She is also a devoted yogini.
Emily Roya O’Brien (born May 28, 1985) is an English-born, half Persian actress. She starred as Jana Hawkes Fisher on The Young and the Restless and has recently voice acted for the Telltale video game, Batman: The Enemy Within as Special Agent Iman Avesta.
Life and career
O’Brien was born in Bedfordshire, England, but moved witih her family to Carlsbad, California, when she was nine years old. Her mother is Persian and her father is British. She is the sister to Natalie O’Brien.
O’Brien’s parents, Flora and Michael O’Brien, say, “Acting is the only thing she wanted to do.” She was in plays at Carlsbad High School, where she graduated in 2003, and at MiraCosta College, where she completed a theater major in 2005.
She was named a finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition in 2005, where she was pitted against several hundred students from colleges and universities across the country.
She portrayed the role again in November 2008, when a parody of the show was the theme of the 1st showcase on The Price Is Right.
|2010||New Glasses||Short film|
|2011||Matchup||His Sweetheart||Short film|
|2011||Beatrice||Beatrice||Short film; also writer and producer|
|2012||SuperWannabeHeroes||Super Sally||Short film|
|2014||The Janus Project Preview||Lexi||Short film|
|2014||On the Run||Amy||Short film|
|2016||Honey Jar: Chase for the Gold||Ann Jordan|
|2016||The Bad Batch||Dream Girl|
|2017||The Bigfoot Project||Jamie Kerrigan|
|2017||Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory||Veruca Salt (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2006||What About Brian||Girl at Club||Episode: “Two in Twenty-Four”|
|2006–2011||The Young and the Restless||Jana Hawkes|
|2016||Rock in a Hard Place||Young Debbie|
|2013||Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn||Y’shtola|
|2014||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor|
|2015||The Order: 1886||Additional Voices|
|2016||World of Final Fantasy||Faris Scherwiz|
|2016||League Of Legends||Camille|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series||Gamora|
|2017||Batman: The Enemy Within||Iman Avesta|
- 2009: She is featured as the test subject in a TED talk about recreating human faces in digital, photo-realistic quality.
- ACTF Irene Ryans Theater festival Finalist and 2006 Nominee (2005)
- CHS Film Festival: Best Actress of 2003 Best Film (Pleasant Dreams) of 2003 (2003)
- DTASC Shakespeare Festival : 3rd place award for Othello (2003)
- BEST FEST San Diego Film Festival (2003) 3rd place award for Pleasant Dreams
- Team Power Award Don’t Drink the Water from the city of Carlsbad (2002)
- Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2008)
- Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2009)
- Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2011)