Jessica Lu currently stars as the down-to-earth Ming Huang on the critically acclaimed MTV series Awkward, which airs its second season at the end of June. The Asian-American actress will also be playing the role of Tabitha on Ryan Murphy's (Glee) new show, The New Normal, airing this fall on NBC. Jessica has also appeared in the TV series Law & Order: LA, CSI, 90210 and the movie Mortal Kombat: Rebirth.
Jessica grew up in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois where she spent her childhood and high school days developing her love of theater and the performing arts. Jessica went on to attend Columbia College in Chicago where she starred as the lead role in the musical, Flower Drum Song.
Jessica graduated with honors from Columbia College in Chicago with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance.
Jessica's talents range from musical theater to modeling to acting on film. As a successful model she has worked with established brands including: Kaiser Permanente, Samsung, McDonalds, Claire's, Marshall Fields, Montgomery Wards, Sears, Carson Pirie Scott and Got Milk?. Her modeling career also includes commercial work for Ford Motors and Orville Redenbacher Popcorn.
In addition, she is an advocate for the charity, Love is Louder, which addresses the issues of bullying, depression and discrimination as well as the Trevor Project, an organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for the LGBTQ community.
Jessica resides in Los Angeles with her dog, Oprah and her cat, Lucky.