Kelly Hu starred with the A-list cast of X-Men 2, the sequel to the blockbuster sci-fi tale X-Men. Playing the role of the villainess Yuriko Oyama a.k.a. Lady Deathstryke, Hu gets to demonstrate her mutant powers in an extraordinary fight scene with Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman. Other cast members included Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen and Rebecca Romijn.
She also appeared on Fairly Legal and Breakout Kings and recurred as Pearl on the hit series The Vampire Diaries and as Laura Hill on the hit series Hawaii 5-0. She has also added to an already expansive list of credits by voicing a role on Cartoon Network's series Young Justice. Kelly has long voiced the character Stacy on the animated series, Phineas and Ferb.
Onscreen, Kelly starred as Vanessa Lee in Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's romantic comedy Almost Perfect, produced by Derrick Tseng. She appeared alongside Ving Rhames in the superb action film, The Tournament, opposite Steven Weber in the thriller Farmhouse, and in the comedy Dim Sum Funeral. She had a recurring role on the hit Lifetime series, Army Wives, and recently guest starred on the long running series, CSI. Kelly also starred with David Arquette, and Johanthan Sillverman in the ABC series, In Case of Emergency. Additionally, Hu was seen on the hit series CSI: NY, and starred in the CBS action drama Martial Law, which received a TV Guide award for Best New Drama Series, and in Nash Bridges with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
Born in Honolulu of Chinese, Hawaiian, and English ancestry, Kelly Hu always wanted to be an actress. Determined to begin her career, Kelly catapulted into the spotlight in 1985 when she was crowned Miss Teen USA. She was later crowned Miss Hawaii USA on her way to becoming a finalist in the Miss USA Pageant. Her exposure in pageants led to modeling assignments and her first acting job, a guest star role on the television series Growing Pains. She would soon begin appearing in feature films, including the action film Cradle to the Grave with Jet Li and DMX. Other feature film credits would include Universal Pictures' Scorpion King, directed by Chuck Russell, TheDoors, directed by Oliver Stone and No Way Back, opposite Russell Crowe.
Kelly is a black belt in Karate, a certified SCUBA diver and completed the Hawaii Marathon in 2006 to raise money for a charity she jumpstarted called Reef Check Hawaii. Kelly rescued her dog ‘Mushu’ from the Much Love Animal Rescue and continues to volunteer as a foster for them. She is also actively involved in fundraising for many other causes including school building projects in Africa and hosting an annual poker tournament for Best Buddies.