Underappreciated Actress of Color #46: Jenna Ushkowitz

Amber Riley, Naya Ravera (hint, hint), and Jenna Ushkowitz here are my three main reasons for still watching Glee.

I was drawn to Jenna's character, Tina Cohen-Chang, for fairly obvious reasons:  female character of color, Gothic fashion sense, and humorous role.  And I'm very glad that she and Harry Shum, Jr. are portraying a healthy, happy, normal Asian American teen couple on the show.  How rare is that?  Let's all count the ways.

Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz was adopted when she was 3 months old and raised in New York.  She's a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.  An actress and singer since the age of 3, Jenna's been on Sesame Street and Broadway.  Now she's a curvy, husky-voiced, highly popular cast member on Glee, and while the show has its perks, I'm honestly waiting to see what else is in store for her career.

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  1. I love her hair! The blue is awesome. :)

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  2. I'm really fond of Jenna Ushkowitz. I like how confident and sensual she's grown on the show and I really can't wait to see what she does next.

    And the Gothic fashion on her is fabulous. The stylist really did their job.

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  3. I love her and I wish they'd let her sing more on GLEE

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  4. @ modest-goddess

    TPTB are intimidated. Every other episode they go out of their way to reassure Lea Michele she's the best singer when we all know Amber Riley's vocals step all over hers.

    Damn straight Jenna needs more solos; her voice is sexy as hell. And I'm glad Naya Rivera is getting more attention as well; her voice is fabulous and being wasted on that show.

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  5. I really have a problem with her being paired with Harry Shum, Jr.

    It's not that I don't like her, because I do and as far as I'm concerned she's awesome personified, it's just that I take issue with people putting their hands all over MY MAN without me qualifying that ish.

    I mean did she get my authorization? Did she file the proper paperwork with my offices?

    I'm just saying.

    ;-)

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  6. "Every other episode they go out of their way to reassure Lea Michele she's the best singer when we all know Amber Riley's vocals step all over hers."

    YES! That's how I felt from the beginning, from the first episode even. The under representation of Amber's talents frustrated me to no end. It's getting ridiculous. I won't go into details, I could last all night.

    As for Jenna, I really like her and her character in the show. I loved it when she asserted herself in front of Artie, and loved it when she mentioned that the first thing she notied in Mike Chang was... his abs. Because that's exactly what high school girls talk about.
    I hoped she'll be given more spotlight. But I'm already glad that she's more in the show than the token Asian girl. Now, if only they'd do the same with Harry Shum Jr... It's a shame, a shame. This guy is a jewel and they're treating him like a piece of rock.
    Both really are underappreciated actors.

    Interesting read: http://arsmarginal.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/my-bitter-case-against%C2%A0glee/

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  7. Speaking of Harry Shum Jr. aka the Father of My Children, has anyone checked him out in the LXD?

    TheLXD.com.

    If you haven't, WATCH IT NOW!!!!!

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  8. Speaking of Harry Shum Jr. aka the Father of My Children, has anyone checked him out in the LXD?

    Thanks, baby! Didn't know about that.

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  9. You know, first time I probably ever saw Harry Shum Jr. was Comic View. They had Asian hip hop dancers on Comic View, yo! I miss Comic View. That was one of the last things keeping me on BET.

    But I love this woman. I hope that she and the other POC actors and actresses get more screen time. They got rid of the black male student. Said he "moved away/transferred" or something.

    Lea is a good singer and all but I get tired of her ass hogging the show. She isn't THE singer. I'd rather listen to Mercedes, Tina and Santana over her ass. And I love Brittany!

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