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Hong Chau

1979-06-25 Thailand

Image of Hong Chau


Hong Chau (born June 25, 1979) is a Vietnamese-American actress who gained recognition for her supporting role in the 2017 film Downsizing, in which she played the character Ngoc Lan Tran. For her performance, she was nominated for several supporting-actress awards. Variety wrote in 2022 that Chau had "been prolific in recent years" and that she had "an acclaimed turn" in the TV series Watchmen (2019) and Homecoming (2018–2020). Before Downsizing, she appeared in the television series Treme (2010–2013) and the film Inherent Vice (2014). In 2018, she had guest star roles in several TV series. In 2019, she played a supporting role in the limited series Watchmen, and had leading roles in the films American Woman and Driveways. In 2020, she had a starring role in the second season of the TV series Homecoming, having had a supporting role in its first season in 2018. In 2022, she appeared in supporting roles in the films Showing Up, The Menu, and The Whale with the latter earning her a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Chau was born to Vietnamese parents who lived in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing Vietnam in the late 1970s. A Vietnamese Catholic church in New Orleans, Louisiana sponsored Chau and her family to move to the United States. She grew up in New Orleans and studied film at Boston University before pursuing an acting career.


Kinds of Kindness Sarah / Sharon / Aka 2024-05-30
The Instigators Dr. Donna Rivera 2024-08-02
Asteroid City Polly 2023-06-08
The Whale Liz 2022-12-09
The Menu Elsa 2022-11-17
Showing Up Jo 2022-10-05
Driveways Kathy 2020-12-17
Artemis Fowl Opal Koboi (uncredited) 2020-06-12
American Woman Jenny 2019-09-12
Duck Butter Glow 2018-04-27
Downsizing Ngoc Lan Tran 2017-12-22
Market Hours Angela 2014-07-30
Inherent Vice Jade 2014-12-12