Paul Yen is an American actor who has built a diverse array of roles on a variety of platforms. His proudest moment was having the opportunity to play the lead role of Quang in East West Players production of Qui Nguyen's Vietgone for which he was nominated for the 2018 Best Lead Actor Award by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and in which he reprised for Los Angeles Theatre Works in 2020. In 2017, he received the Hollywood Fringe Scholarship and achieved his dream of premiering his one-man show, Secret Identity Crisis, reimagining the origin stories of Batman, Superman, and Spider-Man as Asian American men using events from Asian American history. The show received the Producers' Encore Award and Pick of the Fringe. Other stage roles include a former boxer haunted by his past in FUBAR and a naive adolescent with a crush on his mentor in Habitat (Latino Theater Company). On television, he's appeared on Young Sheldon, Magnum P.I., How To Get Away With Murder, Bosch, and will next be seen in Hulu's adaptation of Celest Ng's novel, Little Fires Everywhere, produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. Paul has appeared in independent films as a gangster-turned-entrepreneur in One Hour Fantasy Girl, a computer programmer in Nightmare Code, and a young gay man in love with his straight friend in Midnights with Adam (Los Angeles Asian Film Festival). His commercial work includes Fitbit and a fun national spot for Verizon with Edward Norton.
Paul is a Southern California native on a continual journey of self-discovery. His curiosity about human interaction lead him to a B.A. in Communication Studies and a Minor in Theatre from Long Beach State.