Who is Charlyne Yi?
Charlyne Yi is an American actress, musician, comedian, and writer. One of the most multitalented artists in Hollywood, she is best known for her acting role on Fox’s medical drama series ‘House,’ and for being the voice of Alice on ‘Summer Camp Island’ and the voice of Ruby on ‘Steven Universe.’ Born in Los Angeles, California, to a Philippines native, Yi attended Bloomington High School, where she developed an early interest in performing. Following high school, she began performing in theatres, including The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Yi then enrolled at University of California. However, she quit the course midway to pursue a full-time career in comedy. Her film debut came with the 2007 hit ‘Knocked Up’. This was followed by her screenwriting debut, the 2009 film ‘Paper Heart’ that earned her an award at the Sundance Film Festival. Besides being active in the showbiz, the multifaceted personality is also associated with many charities, including the non-profit Caring is Cool that she started in 2011.
After high school, Charlyne Yi performed shows at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Steve Allen Theater. In 2006, she made her television debut with an episode of ‘Help Me Help You’. That year, she and Paul Rust released their debut album titled ‘The Farewell Album’ for their band The Glass Beef. In 2007, Yi acted in her first film ‘Knocked Up’, a romantic comedy following the consequence of a one-night stand between a media personality and a slacker. The movie was a box office success, earning $219 million worldwide.
In 2009, Charlyne Yi made her screenwriting debut with the hybrid documentary ‘Paper Heart’. Her work won her the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at that year’s Sundance Film Festival. From 2011 to 2012, she played Dr. Chi Park, a doctor with anger-management issues in Fox's drama series ‘House’. This was followed by her guest appearance in an episode of ‘Conan’.
In 2015, the multitalented artist began voicing the character of Ruby on Cartoon Network’s ‘Steven Universe’. The same year, she also lent her voice to the character of Chloe Park in ‘We Bare Bears’. Soon after, Charlyne Yi joined the recurring cast of ‘Love’ as Cori. The romantic comedy web TV series also starred Paul Rust, Gillian Jacobs, and Claudia O'Doherty. In 2017, she had guest roles in many drama series, including ‘Twin Peaks’, ‘Danger & Eggs’, and ‘Room 104’.
Her projects in 2018 included the films ‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’, 'Next Gen', and ‘Second Act,’ and the animated TV series ‘DIY’ and ‘Summer Camp Island’. In 2019, Yi reprised her role as Ruby in ‘Steven Universe: The Movie’. She also featured in Nahnatchka Khan's romantic comedy flick 'Always Be My Maybe’ as Ginger. The film is about two childhood friends who part ways after a brief teenage fling ends badly.
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Family & Personal Life
Charlyne Yi was born on January 4, 1986, in Los Angeles, California, USA. She studied at Bloomington High School and later attended the University of California for a while.
On 25 November 2015, she married Jet Elfman. The couple has since filed for divorce.