The Basics: A native of San Francisco, B.D. Wong discovered his love of acting in high school. He is a Tony Award winning actor that most of us probably know from this extensive time on the hit TV show, Law and Order: SVU. For those of us with longer memories, he was the priest on the prison drama Oz. But he actually has a long list of accomplishments that include a number of plays on Broadway and voice over work. Who loves Mulan? Well, he was the voice of Captain Shang, our dear Mulan’s love interest. As a member of the LGBT community, he donates a lot of his time and money into charities benefitting that group.
Why I Chose Them: Representation is important and even though Wong’s characters haven’t always moved past a lot of Asian American stereotypes, he is such a good actor that he can give the characters he plays nuance despite it. He is a well-known face and while not necessarily considered “A-List” he’s out there and doing work. And one can hope that his longevity in the business can translate into opening more doors for other Asian actresses and actors.