“Lauren Tom” by Betty Woo – oil on canvas, 2008. To contact Betty, email Assistant (at)

Lauren Tom is an Obie Award-winning actress, known for her roles as a dutiful daughter in the film The Joy Luck Club, as Ross’s girlfriend, Julie, on the classic NBC sitcom Friends, and most recently as Mrs. Tran on Supernatural. Lauren also lent her voice talents on the animated series Futurama as the much loved character of Amy.

Next up, Lauren will co-star as a series regular in the new show, Andi Mack, which debuts on The Disney Channel in 2017.  She also can be seen in the series,  Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters premiering on Netflix in December 2016.

She has also appeared in the films, Bad SantaIn Good CompanyWhen a Man Loves a WomanMr. JonesWith Friends Like TheseCatfish in Black Bean Sauce, and Manhood.

On television, Lauren was a series regular as Mai on the ABC series Men in Trees,  NBC’s DAG as Delta Burke’s secretary, Ginger Chin and on ABC’s Grace Under Fire with Brett Butler. She also did a recurring stint on Showtime’s series Barbershop.

On Broadway, she has appeared in A Chorus Line, Hurlyburly and Doonesbury, and has worked with directors such as Peter Sellars and Joanne Akalaitis at the Goodman and Guthrie Theaters, the La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center.

Her one-woman show, 25 Psychics, an engaging, humorous look at her quest for inner peace premiered at HBO’S U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. The show received Dramalogue Awards for Best Performance and Best Direction.

Lauren’s other voice work can be heard in the animated series King of the HillCodename: Kids Next DoorTeacher’s PetRocket PowerMax Steel, BatmanSupermanKim PossibleBaby CliffordAmerican Dragon and the animated home video Mulan II

She has also published personal essays in Brain, Child MagazineEast West, and is currently writing a book based on these essays.