Tamlyn Tomita

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Quotes (14)

  • Tamlyn: I look at a person, ok this one probably in his 40s I'll refer to Karate Kid, if it's a woman 25-40 I'll say Joy Luck Club. If it's a young teenager, it's Glee.

  • Tamlyn: 25 years ago I was known as the Karate Kid Girl, and now I’m known as the Glee mom. If you want any more evidence that 25 years have passed, there you go.

  • Tamlyn: Being the eldest of my family, you encounter that paragraph in the history books: 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II. I said, 'What? Dad, did this happen to you?'

  • Tamlyn: I only think of love and I did not find my charming prince yet.

  • (about her character on The Burning Zone)
    Tamlyn: I am Kimberly Shiroma, a medical legist. I enormously like this kind of strong woman. I am attached to this character as never yet with my other roles.

  • (about wanting to be a journalist)
    Tamlyn: My objective was to change, by my articles, the opinion of people about Asian women.

  • Tamlyn: I think with actors unless we're super successful - like a Tom Hanks or a Julia Roberts - we're always itinerant workers. It's from job to job.

  • Tamlyn: I still get that, "Oh, are you that girl from 'Karate Kid'"?

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Trivia (9)

  • Tamlyn's father, Shiro Tomita, was interned at the Manzanar Relocation Center during World War II.

  • In 1985 she was named Miss Nikkei International.

  • She won an Asian Media Award at the 2001 Asian American International Film Festival.

  • In the July 18, 1991 issuePeople magazine, Tamlyn was named number 25 of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World.'

  • Until Spring 2006, she dated The Summer Moon co-star Greg Watanabe.

  • Her father is Japanese and her mother is half-Filipino and half-Japanese, making Tamlyn one quarter Filipino.

  • Her height is 5' 2" (1.57m).

  • Tamlyn was the 1984 Los Angeles Nisei Week Queen.

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