10 Inspiring Asian Actresses Who Have Gone Global

10 Inspiring Asian Actresses Who Have Gone Global


Are you tired of the same old Hollywood narratives? Are you craving for diverse representation in the entertainment industry? Meet these inspiring Asian actresses who have made it to the global stage

Lights, camera, action! When it comes to representation in the entertainment industry, there’s no denying that we still have a long way to go. But that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the progress we’ve made so far. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on 10 women who have broken through the glass ceiling and made their mark on the global stage.

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From playing lead roles in Hollywood blockbusters to captivating audiences in indie films, these women are trailblazers in their own right. They’ve overcome stereotypes, biases, and countless obstacles to get to where they are today. But through it all, they’ve remained true to themselves and their cultures, inspiring countless fans along the way.

Dolly De Leon

Dolly De Leon at Golden Globes
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A veteran of the Philippine film industry, Dolly De Leon has been acting since the early 2000s. She’s known for her dramatic performances and has won several awards for her work. Recently, Dolly was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for the award-winning film, Triangle of Sadness.

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh with her Golden Globes award
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This Malaysian-born actress is a true icon in the film industry. She’s starred in some of the biggest blockbusters, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Tomorrow Never Dies. She’s also an advocate for gender equality and has used her platform to raise awareness about important issues. She has recently been awarded a well-deserved Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for her role in Everything, Everywhere, All at Once—making her the first Asian actress to receive the award. 

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh at Golden Globes
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This Canadian actress of Korean descent is best known for her roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve. She’s won several awards for her performances and has become a trailblazer for Asian representation in Hollywood.


Awkwafina at Met Gala 2022
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With her sharp wit and infectious personality, Awkwafina has quickly become a fan favorite. She’s starred in hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean’s 8, and has even won a Golden Globe for her work.

Liza Soberano

Liza Soberano for MEGA

This Filipino-American beauty has been winning hearts with her captivating performances and stunning looks. She’s been hailed as one of the most promising young actresses in the industry, and is now in a Hollywood production with Cole Sprouse and Kathryn Newton for Lisa Frankenstein.

Constance Wu

Constance Wu
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Constance Wu has become a household name thanks to her breakout role in Fresh Off the Boat. She’s since gone on to star in Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers, earning critical acclaim for her performances.

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu
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Lucy Liu has been a fixture in Hollywood for decades, appearing in hits like Charlie’s Angels and Kill Bill. She’s also an advocate for animal rights and has used her platform to raise awareness about the mistreatment of animals.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra at Oscars 2023
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This Indian actress has made a name for herself in both Bollywood and Hollywood. She’s won several awards for her performances and has even become a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama at Oscars 2023
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This Japanese-British singer and actress has been making waves in the music industry with her unique sound and unapologetic lyrics. She’s also dabbled in acting, with a recent role in the hit Netflix show, Lucifer. Rina is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has used her platform to raise awareness about important social issues.

Rinko Kikuchi

Rinko Kikuchi has made a name for herself in international cinema, appearing in hits like Babel and Pacific Rim. She’s also an accomplished model and has been featured in several high-profile campaigns.

Rinko Kikuchi
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These talented actresses have proven that anything is possible with hard work and dedication. They’ve broken down barriers and paved the way for the next generation of Asian actresses to follow in their footsteps. So here’s to these inspiring women—may they continue to shine bright and inspire us all.

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