Rosalind Chao


Rosalind Chao Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Rosalind has a degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

    • Rosalind made her film debut in the TV movie P.J. and the President's Son.

    • Rosalind father made her audition for what would be her first television role in a 1970 episode of the show Here's Lucy.

    • Patti Yasutake and Rosalind Chao both audited for the part of Keiko O'Brien. Rosalind won the part of Keiko but Patti later received the role of Nurse Alyssa Ogawa on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    • Her first appearance at a Star Trek convention was August 2005 In Las Vegas.

    • Rosalind Chao is one of only five actors to make 10 or more guest appearance in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

    • Rosalind was offered a chance to work full-time on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She decided to do a recurring role so that she could spend time with her son and husband.

    • Rosalind Chao is married to Simon Templeman. Simon is best known for voicing the character 'Kain' in the Legacy of Kain video game series.

    • Rosalind has an action modeled after her Star Trek: The Next Generation character Keiko O'Brien.

    • Made her first apperance at a Star Trek Convention in August 2005 at Vegas Con.

    • She graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, California in 1978.

    • Rosalind is 5'6" tall and her ethnicity is Chinese.

  • Quotes

    • Rosalind: In my high school class, I was the only nonwhite person: Marywood, an all girls' school. I grew up in Garden Grove, which was a little more integrated. But when we moved to Villa Park, it was quite different. As we moved up on the economic scale, in some ways it was a little harder for me. People would say, "Oh, you speak English so well!" I'd think, "Well, if I didn't speak English, I'd be a mute!"

    • (On how she was let out of any permanent obligation so that she could do the movie The Joy Luck Club)
      Rosalind: I'm very grateful to the Star Trek people because they made it possible for me to participate in a movie that really made a difference to Asian-Americans, and it made a difference in my life as well.

    • Rosalind: When they offered me the role as a regular on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993), I was actually pregnant with my first child and I was also getting ready to do The Joy Luck Club (1993). So, I had to say no to the producers at that point. I wanted to be able to spend time with my husband and with my first child right after he was born. And I did. I really think it worked out well for everyone.

    • Rosalind: When I leave Los Angeles to do something, that's when I notice how into Star Trek and how loyal to the shows' actors the fans are. The fans will notice me on the street and ask me questions about Keiko's personal relationships, especially the female fans. They're very concerned, because they want her to maintain her career. They always talk to me about that. It's very funny.