Nikki SooHoo is an American-born actress from Southern California. Her experience in entertainment began with dance and evolved into formal acting roles beginning with the television pilot “K-POW”. In 2003, Nikki SooHoo met Los Angeles talent manager Addison Witt in his Santa Monica acting studio.
Utilizing her dance training, SooHoo was cast in a series of commercials before she landed the role as the high beam, head-spinning gymnast Wei Wei in Disney’s gymnastics feature, Stick It (2006). Her first screen acting role was as a sexually abused abducted pre-teen in the world of child trafficking at age 14. The short film, “Fields of Mudan,” won the Grand Marshall Award and many others. Nikki SooHoo’s first starring television role was in the Disney Channel pilot East of Normal, West of Weird (2005). This was a character adopted at birth to an American family and later torn between her Chinese identity and Jewish/Protestant parents trying to navigate her religious upbringing.
SooHoo’s early work was primarily in Disney and Nickelodeon TV: Phil of the Future(2004), The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (2005), and Drake & Josh (2004). She has crossed over to other work, however. In the Peter Jackson-directed feature, The Lovely Bones (2009), SooHoo plays opposite Irish actress Saoirse Ronan. SooHoo’s character is Holly a youthful, otherwordly figure in the darkly emotional film. SooHoo exhibits her her experience and love of dance in the lighthearted Bring it On franchise, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009).