Kelly Hu is an American actress and former fashion model of Chinese, English, and Hawaiian ancestry. She was born and raised in Hawaii and began her career in the beauty pageant circuit. Hu became the first Asian American winner of the Miss Teen USA pageant in 1985, and was later Miss Hawaii USA in 1993. Hu worked as a model in Japan and Italy for a couple years before returning to the US to begin her acting career. She appeared in many television shows such as soap opera Sunset Beach, and then later the cop series Nash Bridges and Martial Law. Hu has also appeared in numerous films including The Scorpion King, X2 (X-Men 2), Shanghai Kiss, and White Frog.