Where you may have seen Julie:
Julie Zhan stands at a daunting 5’1¾”, unapologetically weird and downright loud. She’s an actress and dancer who tries to conquer the world every time she has coffee, and unabashedly busts a move in the aisles of grocery stores because life is flippin’ beautiful and she seeks to create art that reflects that. She delights in making people laugh and not-so-secretly wishes she was related to Jackie Chan.
You may have seen her on Grandfathered, Pretty Little Liars, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Growing Up Fisher, as the Photobooth icon on your Mac, smashing cellos with P Diddy, or starring in her latest feature film, Comfort, which world premiered at Cinequest. Zhan was also cast as one of twelve actors in the highly selective ABC Talent Showcase, spearheaded by Executive VP of ABC Casting, Keli Lee.
In the new media realm, Zhan has garnered attention for her comedic, dramatic, and dance performances in original works on her channel, ShutUpAndDance (100,000+ subscribers), as well as viral collaborations with Smosh, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Wong Fu Productions, Just Kidding Films, David So, Spotify, Canon, LG, Super Deluxe, David Choi, Jun CurryAhn, Quest Crew, and more. Zhan is also an impassioned advocate of diversity in the media and thoroughly fascinated by the new and boundless opportunities created in the digital universe, which she explores in the feature documentary Uploaded: The Asian American Movement that she produced, featured in The NY Times. One of Zhan’s favorite moments was dancing in a Daniel “Cloud” Campos musical, starring Danny DeVito, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.
Zhan has a bachelor’s degree in business with a minor in engineering and resides in Los Angeles.
Where are you from?
Guangzhou, China—born and raised! I immigrated to the U.S. at age 8 to a strange new world of sit-down toilets, cheese, English, and sarcasm. Yep, still working on the sarcasm part...
What are you all about?
I am all about passion: acknowledging it, pursuing it, and most importantly, sharing it. Whatever can give you that electrifying, intoxicating, unstoppable enthusiasm to live life, you owe it to the world to master it and contribute to it. Everyone has a story to tell. My passion and mission in life is to help tell these stories through acting, dancing, and film; to inspire and connect people via the arts.
Favorite things in the world:
Food, fat animals, and awkward dancing