While very few women joined the first waves of Chinese immigration to America, toward the end of the 19th century, more families sent daughters, believing they’d become servants. Only it was more often prostitution that awaited them. That’s the fate of Sun Foy, Mai Ling, Ghee Moon, Ye Fung, and Ging Wa, five girls from five different families who become a family of their own to survive. Sun Foy is their natural leader, Ye Fung the tragic beauty, and little Ging Wa, hobbled by her bound feet, is the one who needs them all the most. Together, they’re strong enough to endure life under Cap’n Fender until their path crosses with that of Tom Harte and Print Ritter.
In television, Gwendoline Yeo cleans up on Desperate Houswives as Xiao-Mei, Chinese slave turned perfect maid. She returns as a series regular next season. Other TV credits include recurring roles on 24 (Agent Melissa Raab, Day Four), Dr. Kelly Lee on daytime’s General Hospital and Grounded For Life. She's also done guest stints on the series finale of NYPD Blue, JAG, The OC and Judging Amy.
In addition to AMC’s Broken Trail, she has two features coming out this summer 2006. The first is the thriller Seventy-Five executived produced by Magic Johnson with music by Wyclef. In the film, she and her partner Rutger Hauer (Blade, Batman Begins) play detectives on a hunt involving college murders. The second is sci-fi thriller Night Skies where she plays June Lau. The indie film draws inspiration from the notorious Phoenix Lights UFO phenomenon that took place over Nevada and Arizona on March 13, 1997, where five friends run into more than they bargained for. SFX chief turned director Roy Knyrim (Cemetary Gates) directs. She had a fun cameo in Sergio Arau’s A Day Without A Mexican and starred alongside Kerri Russell, Skeet Ulrich & Mare Winnigham in Hallmark’s The Magic of Ordinary Days, a movie about the Japanese internment in the 1940s, playing an interned Japanese girl, Rose Umahara.
She’s also no stranger to the world of animation. She just completed the Nickelodeon pilot Superscout, wreaking havoc on characters played by Amy Poehler and Andy Richter. Having landed the lead role in Final Fantasy X-2 as Paine, she reprises it in the highly anticipated Kingdom Hearts 2 (along with James Woods, Haley Joel Osment). X-Men 2, Scooby Doo, Ninja Scroll, Kim Possible, Higglytown Heroes & Hellboy are other projects she has lent her voice.
In theatre, she's a resident member of Second City LA LA Soap helmed by Joe Flaherty and won two Dramalogue Awards for her work with Cornerstone and the Mark Taper Forum. Other theatre credits include Miranda/Ariel for the East West Players production of The Tempest and as Nina, at the Hudson's Theatre's production of The Seagull.
Gwendoline was born and raised on the tiny island nation of Singapore and moved to the United States as a teenager. She received her BA from UCLA before the age of 20 graduating summa cum laude, phi beta kappa as well as receiving a diploma in classical piano from the esteemed San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her love of music led her to specialize in playing the Chinese Long Zither (the gu-zheng) which eventually led to her one woman radio show on NPR-KCRW The Politics of Culture produced by Sarah Spitz and well as the debut of her first two zither/vocal tracks "Kiss My Grits" and "Lovers."
Her winning the pageant and being crowned MISS CHINATOWN USA led her to guest host for CCTV interviewing such celebs as Placido Domingo and booked hosting pilots for FOX, an ABC Daytime Talk show, and a WB music countdown show Scratch. She eventually segued into TV and film.
Gwendoline assimilates all her talents and immigrant experience in a one woman show she is currently developing.