Los Angeles — Asian American Actress Irene Yee proves to be the breakout star of the summer on NBC’s hit-show “Siberia.”
Audiences are waiting on the edge of their seat in anticipation to find out her fate during the epic season finale which airs next Monday, September 16th.
In “Siberia,” a scripted drama about a reality TV show, Yee stars as Irene, one of the 16 participants who descend on the remote Siberian territory Tunguska, unknowing of the land’s mysterious past. Throughout the 13 episodes, these contestants have battled the elements and each other in a quest to survive the harsh winter and claim a large cash prize.
What was initially met with unbridled enthusiasm quickly turns to sheer panic as a series of strange events began to occur, leading up to a new threat and a potential rescue during in the upcoming finale.
Irene started the season as the hunter of the group, being the only one who could efficiently use a bow and arrow. After being severely injured, the others were forced to find a way to save her life and keep her wound from infection.
The chaos continued as the contestants were all stranded, while some perished and others went missing. All the while, Irene found herself playing a central role to a budding love story with Daniel.
Yee was thrilled to be part of the project which filmed internationally over a span of two months, adding “It was an amazing experience in which I absolutely love all my co-workers who quickly became like family to me.”
In a true Hollywood-style fairy tale, Yee was spotted outside the casting room while there to support her sister, who was auditioning for the role. The director asked to meet with Yee who won the role over hundreds of other actresses, including her sister, who was thrilled for her.
This Chinese-American actress, whose parents emigrated from Taiwan, grew up in a Los Angeles suburb. Always an overachiever, Yee earned numerous academic awards and high-praise for her artwork. She is an experienced salsa and ballroom dancer, has been riding and jumping horses for over 16 years and speaks Chinese and Spanish.
It wasn’t until after graduating from UC Santa Barbara that she set her sights on Hollywood, where she quickly booked several modeling jobs and commercial campaigns, including Intel and US Bank, before landing a role in “Siberia.”
Currently, Yee is hard at work co-writing a screenplay inspired by a conversation she had after chance meeting with actor Denzel Washington, who thought her real-life experiences would make a fascinating script.
Irene Yee is represented L&L Talent.