Tamlyn Tomita

Tamlyn Tomita


1/27/1966, Okinawa, Japan

Birth Name

Tamlyn Naomi Tomita



Also Known As

Tamilyn Tomita, Tamlyn Tonita
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Tamlyn Naomi Tomita was born January 27, 1966 on the island of Okinawa (Okinawa Prefecture). She is the daughter of Shiro and Asako Tomita. From Japanese ancestry, Tamlyn is one of the rare Asian-American actresses to date that has been actively in the business for almost two decades.…more


Trivia and Quotes

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    • 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'"?

    • Tamlyn: I'm always thinking about sex. I love sex.

    • Tamlyn: I don't know where the glamorous image comes from. People have also told me that they thought I was aloof at first. I admit that I can be those things, but maybe it comes from the fact that I'm probably more of a private person than I think I am. But I'm a lot more things than the roles I've played.

    • Tamlyn: The main thing I look for in choosing a project is just a good story.

    • Tamlyn: But yea, in my career, I've done great projects, I've done sucky projects, but each one I've done for a reason, even for the lowest kind of common denominator to pay the rent or pay my bills. But there are those wonderful jewels.

    • (about the roles she's played)
      Tamlyn: Well, the first one's always going to be the most special one. Karate Kid 2, which I did before I even knew I was going to be an actor, and I just did it on a fluke. Because I majored in history, I wanted to become a teacher. And what I found out in the process of creating a character, learning the story, figuring out what are you trying to say, what is the message that's underlying, what is your agenda. I mean, you're trying to fulfill something, you're trying to give, you're trying to teach, you're trying to educate people that there are stories out there that can't be overlooked.

    • Tamlyn: Let's just make up the whole interview, I mean, a thousand words on me? What can you possibly write about?

  • precious rare beauty, you will definitely fall in love with Tamlyn when u just even met her once. Wont\' be able to get Tamlyn out of your mind n heart. you will surely love this actress! already 40 years old! but still young and gorgeous!moreless

    I met her from her Kimberly Shiroma in Burning Zone...without her, BZ won\'t be able to get male fans I suppose. so u can see how gorgeous and charming she is.

    This girl is filipina with some japan ancestry. tomita is japanese. Pretty to die...Boys would love her to die when they see her...

    already 40! but prettier and younger than Monica Bellucci.

    Even Monica Bellucci isn\'t this gorgeous!