She later transitioned into acting and has since become known for films, such as Grown Ups, Premium Rush, Sorority Row, The Hangover Part II, Princess Protection Program, and Sucker Punch and having been the series lead of the ABC Family television miniseries Samurai Girl. Since 2012, Chung has appeared in the recurring role of Mulan in the ABC fantasy television series Once Upon a Time.
She is regarded as the Real World alumna with the most successful media career.
Jamie Chung was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a second-generation Korean-American, raised by "traditional" parents, and was described by MTV as someone who "tells it like it is". After graduating from Lowell High School in 2001, Chung attended the University of California, Riverside, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Reality TV work
Chung was a cast member on The Real World: San Diego, the fourteenth season of MTV's long-running reality TV show, The Real World, which first aired in 2004. At the time she was selected to be on The Real World: San Diego, she was described by MTV as a hard-working student who worked two jobs to pay her tuition, but who also enjoyed partying. She was also described by her friends as not having the best taste in men.
Six months after Chung and her castmates left the Real World house, they appeared to discuss their experiences both during and since their time on the show on 2 Punk Rock 4 This: The Real World San Diego Reunion, which premiered on July 9, 2004.
After appearing on The Real World, Chung appeared on its spin-off game show, Real World/Road Rules Challenge, as a cast member in that show's 2005 season, during which she was a member of the "Good Guys" team, which squared off against the "Bad Asses". By the end of the season, after several cast members had been eliminated during the competition, Chung remained, along with her fellow Good Guys teammates Darrell Taylor, Landon Lueck, and Mike Mizanin. Chung and her teammates were victorious against the remaining members of the Bad Asses in the final event, and won the competition.
In 2008, she starred in her first major role as well as the series lead in the ABC Family miniseries Samurai Girl which launched in September 2008.
She later had supporting roles in the 2009 feature films Sorority Row and Dragonball Evolution, in the latter as Goku's love interest, Chi Chi, as well as the lead role in one of the segments of the movie Burning Palms. Chung later went to star in the Disney Channel TV movie, Princess Protection Program which co-starred Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. She appeared in 2010 film Grown Ups and had a supporting role in the 2012 martial arts film The Man with the Iron Fists.
Chung gained her first major feature film role in the 2012 film Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp as well as starring as the lead in the 2012 independent film Eden, Chung plays a young Korean American girl abducted and coerced into prostitution by domestic American human traffickers. Chung currently portrays the recurring role of Mulan in the of the television series, Once Upon a Time. Her appearance on the series was panned by Bruce Fretts of TV Guide, who felt that she did not fit into the series' fantasy world.
In 2011, she provided the voice of Aimi Yoshida in the video game X-Men: Destiny.