For many people, clearly, there is a big difference between reality show fame and actual Hollywood respect, but this gap tends to disappear for good for Jamie Chung. A certified alumnus of MTV’s reality show The Real World: San Diego, she has gradually built an acting career with various TV and film roles. In 2011, she landed a major lead role in the action-fantasy film Sucker Punch.
Born on April 10, 1983 in San Francisco, California, Jamie Ji-Lynn Chung is of Korean heritage. She studied at the University of California, Riverside and took up Economics. Her break came in 2004, while working in a sports bar.
When MTV held open casting for ‘The Real World’ there, she tried her luck and turned out to be successful, appearing in the fourteenth season, which was San Diego-based. At the time she was picked to be part of the show, she was described as an industrious student, working on two jobs to support her education but never forgetting to party. She was also described as having bad taste in men.
After she left The Real World, she returned on ‘2 Punk Rock 4 This: The Read World San Diego Reunion’ to discuss experiences on the show. In 2005, she joined the spin-off game show segment ‘Real World/Road Rule Challenge’. During the competition, she belonged to the ‘Good Guys’ team and won the contest along with her teammates Mike Mizanin, Landon Lueck and Darell Taylor.
She eventually transitioned into acting, making her debut with minor roles on television including ‘Veronica Mars’ (2006). Subsequently, she landed the role of Ella in the TV movie ‘Katrina’ (2007). After getting a handful of acting experiences, she appeared in her feature film debut in the film ‘I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry’ playing a Hooters girl alongside Tila Tequila.
Jamie Chung got a recurring role for the classic drama series ‘Days of Our Lives’. Subsequently, she made guest appearances on assorted TV shows including ‘Greek’, ‘ER’, ‘CSI:NY’ and ‘Castle’. In 2010, she appeared in a feature role in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, playing the role of Trina Paiz.
In 2008, Chung got a lead role in the six-part short series ‘Samurai Girl’. She played the role of Heaven Kogo, an ordinary teenage girl who tries to balance a normal life with her ancestor’s Samurai tradition. Other television credits include TV movie ‘Prince Protection Program’.
Since her frequent appearances on television, Jamie Chung has been in several hit films. She landed a starring role in the live-action film ‘Dragonball Evolution’ as Chi chi. Chung also found herself in a handful of supporting roles including ‘Sorority Row’(2009), ‘Burning Palms’ (2009) and ‘Grown Ups’ (2010).
Chung started the year 2011 with a bang as she played an integral part of the girl gang in the film ‘Sucker Punch’. Playing the role of Amber, she stars alongside a bunch of other young stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Emily Browning all fighting their way out in what is depicted as ‘Alice in Wonderland with machine guns’. Her follow up film was in ‘The Hangover Part II’, playing the role of Stu’s fiancée.
Jamie Chung lent her voice to several video games, including ‘Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 –Uprising’ as Commander Takara Sato and recently in ‘X-Men Destiny’ as Aimi Yoshida. She will appear in the 2012 action thriller film ‘Premium Rush’ as Nima alongside Michael Shannon, Joseph Gordon-Smith and Dania Ramirez. Chung won as the Female Star of Tomorrow Award at 2009 ShoWest industry trade show, and is regarded by Bleacher Report as the most successful ‘Real World’ alumnus.