Who is Amy Okuda?
Amy Okuda is an American award-winning actress, perhaps best known to the world as Tinkerballa in the web series “The Guild” (2007-2013), and recently as Julia in the TV series “Atypical” (2017-2021), among other roles that she’s secured so far in her young career.
Amy Okuda Biography: Age, Childhood, and Education
Amy Kei Okuda was born on 6 March 1989 under the Pisces zodiac sign, in Torrance, California USA. Of Japanese ancestry, since both of her parents are Japanese, she has a sister, Lisa Okuda who works at Disney. While in school, she started taking dancing lessons, and as she got older became interested in acting.
After high school matriculation, she enrolled at the University of South California, from which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Cinematic Arts.
Before making her acting debut, Amy’s first interaction with a camera was in music videos as a dancer and in television commercials. Moreover, she featured in the print ads for Apple laptops and Verizon, and could be seen in commercials for the Japanese soft-drink Company Suntory, and Shoe Carnival, which is an American retailer of family footwear. However, her on-screen acting debut happened in 2007 with a minor role in the TV series “Californication”.
The same year, she was selected for the part of Tinkerballa in the comedy series “The Guild”, which showcases the lives of members of the online guild the Knights of Good. Amy starred in 59 episodes of the critically acclaimed series trough to 2013, next to Felicia Day, Sandeep Parikh, and Jeff Lewis who were the main stars of the series. Although she was 100% dedicated to the work on “The Guild”, Amy concurrently secured several other notable roles, including the part of Lynn in the TV mini-series “Away We Happened” in 2012, and the same year portrayed Sam in the TV series “BFFs”. Moreover, she was Zombie Kelly in the TV horror-comedy series “Bite Me”.
Rise to Prominence
Amy continued her career with a couple of film roles, including as Ashley in the horror-comedy film “Chastity Bites”, and appeared in the drama film “It’s Dark Here”, starring Illeana Douglas, William Mapother, and Chad Addison, both in 2013.
In 2015, she was chosen for the part of Catherine Hapstall, a recurring role in the popular TV series “How to Get Away with Murder”, and appeared in 11 episodes until 2016, and the same year featured in the award-winning romantic comedy-drama film “Hello, My Name is Doris”, with Sally Field, Max Greenfield, and Tyne Daly as the main stars.
Amy’s next engagement was the double role in the TV series “Good Place”, portraying Gayle, a demon, and Jessica who is the resident of a Good Place, featuring in five episodes of this multiple Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series, and then reprising the role in the TV mini-series “The Good Place Presents: The Selection” in 2019. However, in the meantime it was in 2017 that she secured her most prominent role to date, as Julia Sasaki in the TV comedy-drama series “Atypical”, with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, and Brigette Lundy-Paine. Her character serves as a therapist for the lead character named Sam, who is portrayed by Kier Gilchrist, and she was the main cast for the first two seasons, but was later demoted to recurring and guest star in seasons three and four.
She is currently working on several projects, including the comedy film “Liked”, which is currently in post-production and will star Sam Lerner, Alycia Debnam-Carey, and Jack DePew. Furthermore, Amy will appear in the horror mystery-drama series “Yellowjackets”, scheduled for premiere in November this year.
Personal Life, Married, Single, Husband?
When it comes to her personal life, the Atypical star hasn’t shared that many details about her personal aspiration. However, Amy has been married to Mitchell Hashimoto since 3 November 2018; the two dated for a few months before becoming engaged in April 2017, with Mitchell popping the question in front of the Eiffel Tower. They don’t have children.
Amy’s husband is a Bachelor of Science graduate in computer science of the University of Washington, and started his own company HashiCorp in 2012. At first, he served as the company’s CEO, but in 2016 switched to the position of CTO.
As of mid- 2021, Amy Okuda’s net worth has been estimated to be around $3 million, earned through her successful career as an actress in over 30 film and TV appearances.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent actress has black hair and brown eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 2ins (1.58m), weighs approximately 110lbs (50kgs), while her vital statistics are 32-24-33, bra size 32A.
Hobbies, Interests, and Trivia
Amy has never stopped dancing, and though hasn’t pursued dancing professionally, she is still seen dancing whenever she can. Her other interest is basketball, and despite her short stature has played it with her friends.
An avid traveler, Amy has visited numerous US states, both for work and pleasure, and has also been to such cities as London, Paris and Venice, among others. She has stated that Bora Bora in French Polynesia is her favorite vacation destination.
She is an animal lover and has a pet dog, a Maltese named Lola, which is rather important to her, since her Instagram is full of pictures and videos of her pet. Moreover, her Instagram bio reads, “I work to give my dog a good life”.
Amy is well aware of the importance of mental health and has been focused on maintaining a clear and conscious mind, practicing yoga and mediating daily.
Okuda is no stranger in a gym, which has also helped her mental health as it keeps her focused, not to mention the effect on her physical health.
In her spare time, Amy loves watching films with her husband, and has said that Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Tom Hanks are her favorite actors, while “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, and “Groundhog Day”, are her favorite films.