Kathy Uyen is a Vietnamese-American film director, actress,
producer & writer, Acting Coach for past 4 years and “Chi Chi
Em Em” was her first Directorial debut.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA and at 10 years old, Kathy
starts studying Acting and auditioning for her first plays on
Graduating from University of California, Irvine with a double
major in Economics B.A and Film Studies B.A. she soon moved
to Los Angeles to pursue her dream as an actress.
In Los Angeles, Kathy has worked for Casting at Dreamworks
SKG, TV development & research at Warner Brothers, Several
Talent & Modeling Agencies and Happy Madison, Adam
Sandler’s production company. Kathy studied with numerous
renowned Los Angeles Acting coaches such as Lisa
Robertson, Lesly Kahn, Groundlings, UCB Theater, Howard
Fine and Warner Loughlin Studios. Kathy was featured in
numerous films and television shows such as How I Met Your
Mother, Asian Stories (Book 3), Skidmarks, and Finishing The
Game directed by Justin Lin.
After working with Victor Vu in her first feature film “Oan Hon” (2003), she got casted several years later to
be in Victor Vu’s film “Chuyen Tinh Xa Xu” 2009 shot in Vietnam. This film won her “Canh dieu vang dien
vien phu xuat sac nhat “ 2009. This movie introduced Kathy Uyen to Vietnam landed her the leading role
in Charlie Nguyen’s film “De Mai Tinh” as Mai. This movie became a big box office hit in 2010 and this
became Kathy’s most memorable starring role.
After “De Mai Tinh”, Kathy went on to co-write and produced her first feauture film called “Am Muu giay
Got Nhon” (2013) in which she won “Canh dieu Vang’s Dien Vien Chinh xuat sac nhat “2013 for her
In August 2010, Kathy was the female lead in Simon Yin’s Super Capitalist filmed on location in Hong
Kong & NY starring Derek Ting, Linus Roache, and Richard Ng. In 2015, she played leading role in “Bo Ba
Rac Roi”(2015) and supporting cameo roles in “Em chua 18” (2017) and “Hon Papa Da Con Gai” (2018)
Between film projects, Kathy also started coaching and teaching fellow actors. She grew passionate about
developing her own acting method called A.C.T an approach to help actors understand the basic
techniques and principles of Acting. Kathy is the most sought out Acting coach for rising and celebrity film
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actors in Vietnam including many names such as Diem My 9x (Co Ba Saigon), Kaity Nguyen (Em chua
18), Ninh Duong Lan Ngoc/ Le Xuan Tien (Gai Gia Lam Chieu 2), Hoang Oanh (Thang Nam Ruc ro) and
She also serves as a public speaker and has participated as a Vietnam TEDx speaker , Guest Judge and
MC/Host of many film industry related events.
In December 2019, Kathy’s first directorial debut “Chi Chi Em Em” premiered and was the highest
anticipated psycological thriller feature of the year. It was voted top three films of the year by We Choice
Awards 2020, made a box office gross revenue of 70billion vnd, and starring Thanh Hang,Chi Pu and
Lanh Thanh .
Currently Kathy Uyen is the CEO of A.C.T Academy, an Acting and Filmmaking academy, Co-Founded
together with Thanh Bui, Founder of Soul Music & Performing Arts Academy. Kathy is passionate about
sharing the technique of Acting as a way to empower confidence to not just actors, performers but
everyday people of all ages, on camera, on stage and in life.
2013 Golden Kite Ward | Cánh Diều Vàng 2013 Best Leading Actress “How To Fight In Six Inch Heels”
2009 Golden Kite Award | Cánh Diều Vàng 2009 Best Supporting Actress “Passport To Love”