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Ji-young Yoo on Taking Risks


Ji-young Yoo is not a regular nerd. She’s a cool nerd.

“Frankly, I’m a huge nerd. I’ve always been very good at school and loved learning. College definitely felt like a reward for how hard I worked in high school. I spent so much of my academic career studying things I wasn’t interested in, so I wanted to go to college to really dive deep into the things I love and want to do for the rest of my life,” said Ji-young.

Ji-young is a proud Asian American actress from Colorado. Although it is not uncommon for actors to skip college altogether due to the hectic lifestyle of the industry, Ji-young is currently in her senior year at USC (University of Southern California).

“I also think that majoring in Cinema and Media Studies has given me the tools to engage in conversations of representation and restorative justice in storytelling that I wouldn’t have otherwise. I think it will be really helpful in a time when actors are expected to speak on those sorts of things with eloquence and frequency,” said Ji-young.

She credits her childhood experience for shaping her into the ~trailblazer~ she is today.

“Growing up in Colorado taught me to be bold, and take risks regardless of what other people think, which is a skill that definitely comes in handy as an actor. In an odd way, it taught me to trust and believe in myself.”

As a performer, there is honestly not much that Ji-young can’t do. She dances, she acts, she has done voice over work in movies. One in particular stars Tom Holland and Zendaya. Ever heard of them?

“When you’re filming a movie, you don’t record all of the crowd noise, you just record the dialogue that’s written in the script. I went in with a group of voice actors and added all the screaming and chatter that you hear in the background of most of the scenes in the film (Spider Man: Far From Home). And it was SO cool. I’m a huge comics nerd so I freaked out when I found out I got the job. I got to see clips of the movie before it came out and basically peed myself out of excitement. I still can’t believe I got the opportunity to do that,” said Ji-young.

However, Ji-young and her talents speak volumes and are much louder than just background noise. You can find her shining on stage or