Lana Condor

Lana Condor

Life Story

Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-born American actress. She made her film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), portraying Jubilation Lee / Jubilee. Condor was born on May 11, 1997 in Can Tho, Vietnam and was adopted by her American parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and journalist Robert Condor, as an infant. Her non-biological brother, Arthur Robert, was adopted along with her.

Condor spent her early years in Chicago, Illinois. By seven years old, her family had settled in Whidbey Island, Washington, where Condor took her first dance class. She went on to dance at the Rock School of Dance Education and the Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. At 11 years old, Condor and her family moved to New York City, where she continued her classical ballet training, dancing at multiple prestigious academies including the Joffrey School of Classical Ballet, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

While living in New York, Condor's parents encouraged her to try acting when they saw a natural ability in their daughter. She took her first acting class during her freshman year at the Professional Performing Arts School, and went on to study for a summer at the New York Film Academy. Condor and her family then moved to Los Angeles, California for her sophomore year of high school, where she auditioned and landed a coveted spot in the Los Angeles Ballet. She joined the theatre department at her all-girls Catholic school, the Notre Dame Academy, and also studied at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors. During her senior year, she went out on her first handful of auditions and landed her role in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).


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Graduated from the Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles, class of 2015. Attended the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City for freshman year.
Found out she had been cast as Jubilation Lee / Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) while in study hall for a history test.
Was born in Can Tho, Vietnam on May 11, 1997, and was adopted by American parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and Robert Condor, on October 6, 1997.
Her father, a journalist, wrote about the process of adopting Lana and her brother in the Chicago Tribune (December 21, 1997).
Was a theatre scholar at the California State Summer School of the Arts, class of 2014.
Has been accepted to Loyola Marymount University, but deferred enrollment.
Studied improvisational theatre at The Groundlings in Los Angeles.
Was named Tran Dong Lan at birth, but this was legally changed to Lana Therese Condor after her adoption.
Took classes at the New York Film Academy and Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors.
Starred as Amber Von Tussle in Notre Dame Academy's production of "Hairspray" in 2014.
In August 2017, Condor created a scholarship with the Asia Foundation in which she will pay to put girls from Can Tho, Vietnam through four years of schooling. The scholarship provides the student with books, food, uniforms, and a bicycle to get to and from school.

Personal Quotes 

Performing in ballet really, really helped me to be comfortable in my own skin... If I hadn't done ballet, I'd be so awkward in front of a camera!
The short-term dream is to be in the live-action Mulan. Of course I would want to be Mulan, but I'd play Peasant No. 2 if I had to. I think if you cut my hair, I could also look enough like a dude to play the dragon. I am willing to break that barrier for a dream to come true.
I really feel the lack of diversity and how people don't think Asian-Americans will gain revenue. It's very frustrating because I don't think that the roles aren't out there, they're just not written.
My parents are white -- I mean, white as day. When people see me out to dinner with my dad, I think they assume he is my agent. But I have never really felt like I was misplaced or that I was in the wrong family. I love my family and am so grateful to them because they are the reason I have any of this. If I hadn't been adopted, I would likely still be in Vietnam, working in a rice field.
If I could have one superpower I think it would be teleporting. I love the idea of skipping the 405 LA traffic.
I first got into acting when I took an acting class in New York City. I lived in New York for about five years and was always surrounded by so much art and culture. My family would take me to plays and musicals and I always kind of thought to myself that I could maybe do something like that in the future, that it all looked so exciting.


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