Who is Kelvin Yu?
Kelvin Yu was born in 1979. He is a Taiwanese American actor who started his television and film career with a recurring role as Freddy Gong on the WB series 'Popular'.
Kelvin Yu was born to parents, Yu Ming-chuan and Lin Ling-juan. He was raised in Los Angeles, which he calls his home. He has completed his graduation from the University of California, Los Angeles earning honors in Film, Theatre, and Television. His brother, Charles Yu, is a writer.
Yu began his career as an actor in theatre at the tender age of thirteen. His TV credits includ guest appearances on 'Frasier', 'ER', 'Las Vegas', 'Without a Trace', 'Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip', 'CSI: Miami' and 'Bones'.
Kelvin Yu's first film debut was in the 2003 comedy, 'The Utopian Society'. After that, he made an uncredited appearance in the 2005 film, 'Elizabethtown', starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. The year after that, Yu landed a supporting role in the comedy 'Grandma's Boy'. Yu also had a supporting role in the 2008 Academy Award-winning biographical political drama 'Milk'.
Till 2008, Yu only managed to get such small appearances in movies and television some which went uncredited. But this was just the initial struggle of his life. In the later years, he would make some brilliant films and his stardom would gradually rise.
Yu has starred in several short films, including 2006's 'My Prince' My Angel. Yu later featured on Park's ABC series 'Women's Murder Club', and later managed to bag a lead role in the 2007 short film 'Fortune Hunters'.
Yu, after that got one of his best known roles so far. He bagged a recurring role in the Netflix original series, 'Master of None' portraying the character of Brian Chang.
Apart from acting, Yu also has a neat talent in writing. Kelvin Yu currently writes for 'Bob's Burgers', and for this work, he was nominated twice for an Emmy award along - for Outstanding Animated program - with the rest of the writing team. In the year 2016, he also won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for the episode "The Hauntening."
Kelvin Yu has a net worth of $400,000 currently.
A brief on his movies so far
Kelvin Yu has acted in some very interesting movies so far. Lets get you briefed up on his movies:
* Area 57:
Area 57 is the name of a pilot produced for the 2007/2008 season for NBC. It centers on an Area 51-esque military base and the alien it houses. It was initially aired in 2007 but the series did not pick up.
Cloverfield is a 2008 American found footage monster horror film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk. The plot follows six young New York City residents fleeing from a gigantic monster and various other smaller creatures that attack the city while they are having a farewell party.
* Grandma's boy:
Grandma's Boy is a 2006 American gross out stoner comedy film directed by Nicholaus Goossen. The film is written by Allen Covert, who has also starred in the film, and Nick Swardson. It features a video game tester who is forced to move in with his grandmother after being evicted from his home.
* Star Trek:
Kelvin Yu played a medical technician aboard the USS Kelvin in 2009's Star Trek. Star Trek is a 2009 American science fiction adventure film directed by J. J. Abrams and written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is the eleventh film in the Star Trek film franchise.
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
In a candid interview with the 'Master of None' actor
Kelvin Yu gained recognition and fame after his recurring role in 'Master of None'. He was asked for an interview, which he readily obliged and gave some us some interesting sneak peaks into his life and also about the story.
Kelvin Yu revealed that he auditioned for his first school play when he was just 13 years old. “I never aspired to any other line of work from that moment on,” Yu recalled adding that he had a very typical childhood.
“I wasn’t rubbing shoulders with the kids of famous people. My upbringing was definitely piano lessons and homework, just as much as the next Asian kid,” Yu said.
What made him take a plunge into acting was his passion for theater which surfaced at an early age. Kelvin Yu plays the role of Brian on "Master of None'. He is the best friend of Aziz Ansari's character, Dev.
Yu recalls that his parents were not easily convinced with his acting dreams and he had a tough time getting his parents on board with his passion.
"The audiences have reacted this way because I think they are starved to see a better reflection of real life." He said on his role in the series, adding, “That is unique to many Asian contemporaries of mine and, to be sure, my folks weren’t thrilled,” he said, adding, as a joke, “I assume their lifelong dream was for their child to be a dancer so I really let them down when I became an actor.”
It was fun knowing the actor and his perception on the cinema.