Amy Okuda is an American actress best known for her roles as Julia Sasaki on “Atypical” and ranger Tinkerballa in “The Guild”.
Early Life and Educational Background
Amy Kei Okuda was born on the 6th of March 1989, in Torrance, California, USA. At the young age of five, Amy began playing basketball, but after suffering from a sports-related injury, she took up dancing classes to cope with the injury. She developed an interest in dancing and had an obvious talent in it, but to widen her career opportunities, she was advised to take up acting ,as well along with dancing. After her high school matriculation, she attended the University of California and graduated with a BA degree in Cinematic Arts, Film and Television Production.
She made her TV debut with “Californication” in 2007 alongside David Duchovny, followed by her first recurring role in the web series, “The Guild” that same year, appearing in 57 episodes her role as Tinkerballa, which became one of her most popular. In 2010, she starred in the short film based on the Spitzer Space Telescope entitled “Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds”, and continued guest-starring in television shows including “Bite Me”, “BFFs”, “The Middle” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, as well as in films such as “Elf Sabers”, “Chastity Bites” and “House Meeting”.
In 2015, she was cast in the second season of “How to Get Away with Murder” in the recurring role of Catherine Hapstall, appearing in 11 episodes that season. The next year she appeared in “Scream Queens” as Anna Plaisance, and in “The Good Place” as Jessica/Gayle.
Then in 2017, Amy was given one of the main roles in Netflix’s “Atypical”, as Julia Sasaki. Similarly, she appeared in a recurring role in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, and an episode of “MacGyver”, plus the films “The Sibling Code” and “So Close”. The actress is scheduled to appear in the film “Liked”.
Amy’s dance career began early on in her life, appearing in music videos and commercials as a dancer. She modeled for Verizon, American Express and Apple Laptops too, and did commercials for the Japanese soft drink, Suntory, Canon as well as Shoe Carnival. Additionally, she did some voice-over work for AT&T. She also appeared in a 2011 science fiction parody of Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight I’m Lovin’ You”, entitled “Tonight I’m Frakking You”.
Marriage to Mitchell Hashimoto
The couple fell in love while they were on a work trip to Paris, and Amy was in a relationship for a few years with HashiCorp founder, Mitchell Hashimoto. The actress was and still isn’t shy of expressing her love and adoration for her significant other on social media. After five years of dating, the software developer proposed to his love in front of the Eiffel Tower in May of 2017. She announced the news of their engagement on her Instagram account, and on the 3rd of November 2018, the couple tied the knot in a private wedding ceremony.
Who is Mitchell Hashimoto?
Mitchell Hashimoto is an American software developer, and the founder of HashiCorp, an organization that ‘provides open-source tools and commercial products that enable developers, operators and security professionals to provision, secure, run and connect cloud-computing infrastructure’. He is also the creator of Packer, Vagrant, Serf, Consul, and an author of books including “Vagrant : Up and Running”. Recently, his company was valued at $1.9 billion.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
- Amy has a sister named Lisa Okuda.
- Her favorite actor is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emma Stone as her favorite actress.
- Her star sign is Pisces.
- In 2014, Okuda earned one of the 20 spots in “Diversity Talent Showcase” for which out of the 7000 people who applied, only 700 of them were given a chance to audition.
- Her favorite hobbies include dancing, snow boarding and roller-skating.
- She has a pet dog named Lola Bunny who she is very fond of.
- In her own words, she was a tomboy in her childhood, overconfident and always hyper.
- She loves drinking coffee, and her then-boyfriend gifted her a coffee machine for her birthday.
- Basketball is her favorite sport, and she once dreamed of getting a basketball scholarship.
- In 2009, she won part of the Streamy Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Appearance and Clothing Style
As of 2020, Amy is 31 years old. The actress stands at a height of 5ft 2ins (1.58 m) and has a weight of 110lbs (50 kgs). Among other features, she has dark brown hair, black eyes and a slim body build with vital statistics of 34-24-33. She has American nationality, Asian ethnicity and Japanese ancestry. She has a tattoo on her wrist.
Net Worth and Salary
Amy’s primary source of income is her career as an actress. Through her years of appearing in films and television shows she has earned an impressive amount of money; the actress is worth $3 million. Her annual income varies according to her engagements each year.