In The Campaign, Karen Maruyama plays Mrs. Yao, a maid hired to speak like an African American maid from the South, and despite what that sounds like on paper, Maruyama kills it. That’s no small thing to say especially when your co-stars are Will Ferrell, Zach Galifinakis, and legends like Dan Akroyd, and John Lithgow. Cotdamn!

But she’s been at it for a while, making appearances on some of the funniest shows including Whose Line is it Anyway? and The Jamie Foxx Show.


In honor of her rabid scene-stealing, we pay tribute to five other asian actors who always seem to find themselves in the spotlight wherever they pop up.

Words by Dave and Ellie

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