Karen Fukuhara played Kimiko Miyashiro on Amazon’s The Boys, and this role was the role of her career. While her acting accolades are certainly impressive, it was how she prepared for the role that really stood out—so much so that Karen Fukuhara didn’t actually speak any lines during filming. In fact, she had to communicate with her fellow actors through sign language due to her character being mute. To learn more about Karen Fukuhara, keep reading! Who is Karen Fukuhara?
Before becoming a professional actor, Karen was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and grew up in New York. She first got involved with martial arts at age 9, earning her black belt in karate by 12. While she practiced kickboxing and taekwondo for most of her youth, she began studying Judo at age 16 and continued it throughout college. It wasn’t until college when she became interested in acting, taking a theater class with a couple friends during sophomore year of high school.
Born and raised in New York City, Karen began her professional acting career when she was only 10 years old. From 2001-2005, she was cast as Nikki Kaelin in seasons 3 and 4 of NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Recent Projects and Future Plans
As a Japanese-American actress, Karen has played a variety of roles in movies and TV shows. She was also featured as Kimiko Miyashiro / The Female in one episode of Amazon’s hit show, The Boys. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and swimming. Karen hopes to work on more projects that help progress representation for Asians and women in Hollywood. For now, she’s enjoying watching Friends every day on Netflix!