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HONG CHAU (Ngoc Lan) stars opposite Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz in director Alexander Payne's DOWNSIZING. DOWNSIZING follows the adventures of Paul Safranek (Matt Damon), an everyman from Omaha who, along with his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig), dreams of a better life. As the world faces an overpopulation crisis, scientists develop a radical solution that can shrink humans to five inches tall. People soon discover how much further money goes in a smaller world, and with the promise of a lavish lifestyle beyond their wildest imaginations, Paul and Audrey decide to risk the controversial procedure and embark upon an adventure that will change their lives forever. Chau plays Ngoc Lam, a Vietnamese immigrant who finds herself in a new world against her wishes. The film will be released by Paramount on December 22, 2017.

Chau was recently seen in HBO's critically acclaimed, dark comedy drama miniseries, BIG LITTLE LIES, based on the same-titled best-selling novel by Liane Moriarty. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, the miniseries weaves a tale of murder and mischief in the tranquil beachfront town of Monterey, California. Chau appears as Jackie, a comedic, wary parent at the school opposite Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley and Alexander Skarsgard.

In 2014, Chau co-starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's Oscar nominated INHERENT VICE, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Chau appeared in the film alongside Joaquin Phoenix and played the hilarious strip mall brothel employee, Jade. The film was awarded with the Robert Altman Award at the 2015 Independent Spirit Award. Chau was also seen on the NBC comedy series A TO Z. Narrated by Katey Sagal, the half-hour comedy starred Ben Feldman and Cristin Milioti. Chau played Lora, Andrew's co-worker whose own romantic entanglements cloud her judgment as she tries to help him navigate his woes with Zelda.

In 2010, Chau first came to prominence as a fan favorite on the critically acclaimed series TREME where she played Linh, the daughter of a Vietnamese fisherman. The series followed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans tried to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, the series received multiple Emmy nominations, a Grammy nomination and a Peabody Award.

Chau grew up in New Orleans and graduated from The Boston University Film Studies program and later studied acting in New York City. She resides in Los Angeles.


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