Julie Zhan stands at a daunting 5’1¾”, unapologetically weird and unabashedly loud. She’s an actress, dancer, and filmmaker born and raised in China.
You may have seen her on television (NCIS: Los Angeles, Grandfathered, Pretty Little Liars, Wisdom of the Crowd, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Growing Up Fisher), as the Photobooth icon on your Mac, starring in the feature film Comfort (Cinequest), or dancing her way to Tribeca Film Festival in the musical Today’s The Day, starring Danny DeVito. Zhan was also cast in the highly selective ABC Talent Showcase, spearheaded by 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, Fullscreen, Just Kidding Films, David So, Spotify, Canon, LG, Super Deluxe, David Choi, Jun CurryAhn, Quest Crew, and most recently, as a series regular in Wong Fu Productions’ Yappie. Zhan is also an impassioned advocate for diverse representation in the media and thoroughly fascinated by the new and boundless opportunities created in the digital universe, which she explores as the Producer of the New York Times-featured documentary, Uploaded: The Asian American Movement.
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. 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, travel, chubby animals, Jackie Chan, and awkward dancing. Soft spot for grandmas <3