Making a Living, Living a Dream.

Ming-Na is undeniably one of the most recognizable actors in Hollywood. Whether it’s her natural beauty, infectious smile, gorgeous hair, or contagious laugh, people everywhere know and love this ageless thespian.

 

But one doesn’t have to see Ming-Na in order to recognize her. People all around the  world, both young and old, easily identify her by her melodious voice alone largely due to her role as Fa Mulan in Disney’s animated adaptation of the beloved Chinese legend. Other famous roles include Jing-Mei “June” Woo in The Joy Luck Club, Dr. Jing-Mei “Deb” Chen in ER, and Agent Melinda May in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Recently, Ming-Na also joined the Star Wars Universe as assassin Fennec Shand in the Disney Plus original The Mandalorian. In addition to numerous acting credits, Ming-Na reached new heights in August of 2019 as she received the distinguished Disney Legend Award for her many contributions to the Walt Disney Company. Ming-Na is a superstar, and for the first time ever we have a Disney princess turned badass agent turned assassin on Tatooine. She is, in fact, our Disney Legend.

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Women Warrior

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The Cavalry

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The Assassin

She began her career in theater while attending Carnegie Mellon University before landing her first TV role in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for two episodes in 1985. After she graduated, her career expanded from theater to television and film with early roles in soap operas including Another World and As the World Turns. With those shows combined, her television appearances spanned 43 episodes between 1987-1991.

 

Ming-Na’s first movie credit is An American Affair (1989). She went on to work on several films from the critically acclaimed The Joy Luck Club (1993), to action packed Street Fighter (1994), to Disney’s live- action Mulan (2020) and Pearl (2020). Her most famous film role, however, was her portrayal of the legendary warrior Fa Mulan in Disney’s 1998 animated classic. Ming-Na reprised her role as Fa Mulan several times in animated series Disney’s House of Mouse and Sofia the First, as well as Mulan II and the 2018 Disney film Ralph Breaks the Internet. Additional voice role credits include Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001), The Batman (2004-2005), Phineas and Ferb (2008-2014), Robot Chicken (2005-2015), We Bare Bears (2017), Guardians of the Galaxy (2018), Milo Murphy’s Law (2017-2018), Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (2018), Hot Streets (2018-2019), Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron (2019), and Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart (2019). Some of her most famous television roles include Dr. Chen in ER, Trudy in The Single Guy, Judge Linda Harris in Two and a Half Men, Camile Wray in Stargate Universe, Senator Michaela Wen in Eureka, Agent Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as well as a guest appearance on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit as Li Mei.


In addition to her theater, film and television credits, she also reprised her role as Agent Melinda May in Marvel’s Emmy nominated web-series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot (2016) and starred in Quibi’s 50 States of Fright (2020). She has also done voice overs for several video games including Street Fighter, Kingdom Hearts, Lego Marvel’s Avengers, and most recently Disney Magic Kingdoms.

 

Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen received her Disney Legend Award on August 23, 2019 - the highest honor Disney bestow to recognize and celebrate individuals for their contribution to Disney's Legacy

Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, Disney's Mulan, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and, announced by then Disney CEO, Bob Iger during her Disney Legend Award Presentation, the Mandalorian are some of Ming-Na's notable work with Disney. 

Ming-Na, herself and through the characters she portrayed, has inspired many to follow their heart and dreams, and with determination and hard work, dreams do come through. 

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Television

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood / Season 15 Ep 14/ 1549: Music / Royal Trumpeter #3

Aired May 16, 1985

Mr. Rogers Neighborhood / Season 15 Ep 15/ 1150: Music / Royal Trumpeter #3

Aired May 17, 1985 

Another World /Feb 24, 1988/ Abby 

As the World Turns / 1988 - 1991/ 64 Episodes / Lien Hughes

All-American GIrl / 1994 / Redesigning Women 1x5 / Amy 

Tokyo Rose: Vitim of Propaganda / 1995 / 7x20 

The Single Guy / 43 Episodes 1995 - 1997 / Trudy 

Outreach / 1999 / Dr. Sara Kwan

I Got You / 2002 / TV Short / Ming-Na 

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit / 2004 / Debt / Li Mei 

ER / 1995 (S1) 2000 - 2004 (S6 - S 11)  118 Episodes / Jing-Mei (Deb) Chen 

Inconceivable / 2005 / Pilot; To Surrogate, With Love; Sex, Lies and Sonograms) / Rachel Lu 

George Lopez / 2006 / George Keeps Truant to Himself; George Enrolls like That / Professor Lim 

Vanished / 2006 / 13 episodes / Agent Lin Mei 

Private Practice / 2008 / Let it Go / Kara Wei 

Boston Legal / 2008 / Roe / Ming Wang Shu

Two and a Half Men / 2007 - 2010 (5 Episodes) / Linda Harris 

SGU Stargate Universe Kino / TV Mini Short / 2009 - 2011 / Camile Wray 

Stargate Universe / 2009 - 2011 / 31 Episodes / Camile Wray 

Eureka / 2011 - 2012 / 7 Episodes / U.S. Senator Michaela Wen 

Nashville / You Win Again / 2013 / Calista Reeve 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot / 2016 / Reunion; Progress / Melinda May

Fresh off the Boat / 2017 - 2019 / 3 Episodes / Elaine / Stephanie

The Mandalorian / 2019 - 2020 / 4 Episodes / Fennec Shand 

Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens / 2020 / Vagarina / Aunt Sandra 

50 States of Fright / TV Short / 2020 / Ball of Twine ( Kansas - Part 1, 2, 3) / Susan 

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. / 2013 - 2020 / 136 Episodes / Melinda May 

Pretty Smart/ 2021 / 1 Episode / Jasmine Jay J. Meixue Jiang

The Book of Boba Fett / 2021 / 2 Episodes / Fennec Shand (Coming Soon)

Ming-Na sharing on Tokyo Rose

"She's an amazing human being and a die-hard American who was completely destroyed by the propaganda and issues that happened back then. I'm very interested in Asian-American stories, because there's just not enough of them. We're part of America, we're not foreigners. 

-Ming-Na Wen, Post-Gazetee, 2000

Film

An American Affair / 1989 / 

 

Rain Without Thunder / 1992 / Uudie Prisoner

Blind Spot / TV Movie / 1993 / Mitsuko 

Joy Luck Club / 1993 / June - The Daughter

Vanishing Son 2 / TV Movie/ 1994 / Mai 

Vanishing Son 4 / TV Movie / 1994 / Mai 

Hong Kong 97 / 1994 / Katie Chun 

Street Fighter / 1994 / Chun-Li 

One Night Stand / 1997 / Mimi Carlyle 

Tempting Fate / TV Movie / 1998 / Ellen Moretti 

12 Bucks / 1998 / Gorgeous 

Killer App / TV Movie / 1998 / Pam

Teddy Bears' Picnic / 2001 / Katy Woo

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within / 2001 / Doctor Aki Ross 

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within: Aki's Dream (Video Short) / 2001 / Doctor Aki Ross 

Perfection / Short Film / 2004 / Woman 

The World of Mulan / Video Short / 2005 / Fa Mulan/ As Ming-Na 

Prom Night / 2008 / Dr. Elisha Crowe

Push / 2009 / Emily Wu 

Breakdance Academy / 2010 / Judy Roberts 

Super Cyclone / 2012 / Dr. Jenna Sparks 

Habit Heroes - Version 2 / 2013 / Director Jin 

April Rain / 2014 / Hillary Miller 

The Darkness / 2016 / Wendy Richards

Swimming / 2019 / Short Film / Lilian 

Mulan / 2020 / Esteemed Guest 

Pearl / 2020 / Headmistress

Glitter & Doom / 2022 / Ivy (Currently Filming)

 

Ming-Na Sharing on Aki Ross

Though animated, Ming-Na sees her character, Aki as being "a very complex woman with so many mysterious qualities about her. She's also really strong." Not to mention the fact that "she wants to save the world, which is a little bit of an A-personality for me"

-Ming-Na Wen, Post-Gazette

Voice Actor

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child / 1997 / Puss in Boots / Lani 

Mulan / 1998 / Fa Mulan 

Reflections on Ice: Michelle Kwan Skates to the Music Of Mulan / TV Movie/ 1998 / Mulan 

Oh Yeah! Cartoons / 1998 / Ming Lan "ChalkZone: Chalk Rain" / Ming Lan 

Todd McFarlane's Spawn / TV Series/ 1998 - 1999 / 5 Episodes / Jade - Lisa Wu 

House of Mouse / 2002 / Salute to Sports / Fa Mulan 

A Ribbon of Dreams / 2002 /  Mei - Ling 

The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius / 2004 / The Great Egg Heist/The Fued / Peggy Tsu 

Mulan 2 / 2004 / Fa Mulan 

The Batman / 2004 - 2005 / 16 Episodes / Detective Ellen Yin

 

American Masters / 2007 / Novel Reflections: The American Dream / Narrator  

Hi Hao, Kai-Lan / 2007 / Kai-Ian's Trip to China / Gui Nai Nai 

Adventure Time / 2012 / 3 Episodes / Finn's Mom 

Phineas and Ferb / 2008 - 2014 / 6 Episodes / Dr. Hirano / Teen Ginger Hirano 

Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit / Short Film / 2014/ Agent Mackenzie Cartwright 

Robot Chicken / Kiddie Pool (05) / Mary -Kate Olsen /Mother  Cake Pillow (15) Ming Ming Duckling/Tina Nguyen / Girl 

We Bare Bears / 2017 / Ranger Games / Ranger Zhao 

Guardians of the Galaxy / 2018 / 4 Episodes / Phyla-Vell

Sofia The First / 2014 - 2018 / 6 Episodes / Vega / Fa Mulan 

Milo Murphy's Law / 2017 - 2018 / 7 Episodes / Savannah / Additional Voices 

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors / 2018 / Hala 

Ralph Breaks the Internet / 2018 / Mulan 

Hot Streets / 2018 - 2019 / 9 Episodes / Soo Park/ Sherpa / She - Creature / Veck Woman / Lady Brownbone 

Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron / 2019 / Hala 

Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart / 2019 / Meet Tanya Keys / Tanya Keys

Yasuke / 2021 / 1 Episode / Natsumaru 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch / 2021 / 3 Episodes / Fennec Shand  

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai / 2021 / 10 Episodes / Fong Wing (Coming Soon) 

Video Games

 

LeapPad / 1998 

Disney's Animated Storybook: Mulan / 1998 / Fa Mulan 

Mulan Story Studio / 1998 / Mulan 

Kingdom Hearts 2 / 2005 / Mulan 

Kingdom Hearts 2: Final Mix plus  / 2007 / Fa Mulan / Ping

Defense Grid: The Awakening / 2008 / General Cai 

Disney's Infinity 3.0 / 2015 / Fa Mulan 

Lego Marvel's Avengers / 2016 / Agent Melinda May

Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory / 2020 / Mulan 

Theater
New York: 

Tiny Mommy / 1987 /Lam 

Flight Attendant / 1990 /

 

Broken Bones / 1 Act - 1995 / Deb 

Iron Tommy / 1993 / Kelly 

Redwood Curtain / Geri 

Golden Child / 1998 / Broadway / Elizabeth Kwong

Legendary Siren / Iva 

Inuit / Bala 

Flight Attendant Abel / Carmen 

Regional: 
One who cared: A homage to Janusz Korczak / 1985 / Kresge Theatre
 
Speed - The - Plow / 1990 - 91 /Karen 

Luck, Pluck, and Virtue /  1996 /Betty 

Day of the Picnic / Nani Nan Yum 

South Pacific / Liat 

Ming-Na Sharing on Theatre

"I started in theater. I’ve always loved acting, ever since I was in third grade. And that never really wavered. I never really had a desire to do anything else. I just always daydreamed about doing Broadway. I think my first love is still theater, in terms of working in front of an audience. And having that reaction and getting those stage fright butterflies right before a performance."

 

"There’s just something wonderful and magical about being under the gun for two hours and performing at your absolute, most-focused best."

-Ming-Na Wen, gateworld.com