Kelly Hu was born to be a performer. Recognizing her passion for singing and her fearless attitude toward the spotlight, her mother made certain that Kelly would have opportunities to explore a wide range of the arts, including ballet, tap, and acrobatics. At the same time, at the ripe age of five, Kelly was also learning kung fu from her older brother and then utilizing her skills by sparring with the neighborhood boys. She may not have known it at the time, but Hu was well on her way to becoming a strong independent woman. To validate this, by the time she was thirteen she was able to find work where she was able to earn extra money so that she could buy her own clothes for school, helping out her mother with the financial burden that comes along with being a single parent.
It was during high school when Kelly discovered her passion for theater and acting and ventured into modeling. She won Miss Teen USA in 1985 and after graduating high school, went on to pursue her desire to become an actor. Some of her early work includes appearances on the hit television shows Growing Pains, Melrose Place, and Nash Bridges as well as movie roles in The Doors and Strange Days. Hu is probably best know for her movie roles in The Scorpion King where she starred alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and in the second movie installment of the X-Men, X2 as Lady Deathstrike. More recent projects consist of numerous voice over roles in animated hits Robot Chicken, Phineas and Ferb, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and roles in popular television shows Hawaii Five-O (2010), The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow.
I originally approached Kelly to ask for a photo of her to post on my site and was totally caught off guard when she agreed to a video interview, so I apologize for the rather obvious questions that I asked. In our brief chat, she talked about some of her movie and television roles as well as her involvement in an upcoming video game project with EA Sports. She also mentioned that she has been doing a lot more conventions as of late, so I hope that I have the opportunity to meet and possibly interview her again. She was super kind and a joy to talk to and I am extremely grateful to her for her time.