Actress Ming-Na Wen — remembered by AS THE WORLD TURNS fans for playing Tom Hughes’ daughter, Lien, from 1988-91 — will receive the 2,757th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, May 30! “This is really happening. It still seems unbelievable,” the talented actress confessed on Instagram. “I’m moved, shook, terrified, thrilled, and humbled.”
“It’s not supposed to happen to someone like me,” added Wen, whose acting career has spanned more than three decades.
After spending her early years in Hong Kong, China, Wen moved to New York with her mother, stepfather, and older brother when she was six years old. The family eventually settled in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Wen’s love for acting began when she performed in her 3rd-grade play. After graduating with honors in 1986 from the prestigious School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Wen headed to New York City to pursue her acting career.
Wen’s first major television role was that of Tom’s long-lost daughter on ATWT, making her the first Asian American actor to play a contract role in a daytime drama. After spending three years in Oakdale, Wen went on to land a plum part in the acclaimed 1993 film The Joy Luck Club, starred as Dr. Deb Chen on E.R. for seven seasons, became a Disney princess in the animated feature film Mulan, and appeared on Broadway in Golden Child.
In addition to voicing Disney’s Mulan heroine, Wen has brought to life a Marvel superhero (Agent Melinda May in AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D) and a Star Wars character (mercenary Fennec in THE BOOK OF BOBA FETT and other Disney+ series), making her one of the few performers who have completed the “Disney Hat Trick” of appearing in the trifecta of franchises in the Disney entertainment empire.
“Thank you to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for this utmost honor,” Wen continued. “Actually, I want to give thanks to every person who has had a hand with my career and my private life. Every. Single. Person.
“I am most grateful to all the fans out there for their years of love and support,” she concluded.
Please join us in congratulating Wen on this major career achievement!