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Alexandra Dawn Wong

(1982-04-19) April 19, 1982 (age 42)
Education University of California, Los Angeles (BA)
  • Comedian
  • actress
Years active 2005–present
Justin Hakuta
(m. 2014; div. 2022)
Children 2

Alexandra Dawn Wong (born April 19, 1982) is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She is best known for her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra (2016), Hard Knock Wife (2018), and Don Wong (2022). She has also starred in the romantic comedy film Always Be My Maybe (2019), on which she also served as a writer and producer, and in the Netflix dark comedy series Beef (2023). She was included in Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and 2023.

Wong was also a cast member on the ABC show American Housewife and has previously appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Black Box, and Are You There, Chelsea? She was a writer for the first three seasons of the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. She also voices the title character Roberta "Bertie" Songthrush on the animated series Tuca & Bertie and Ali on the animated series Big Mouth.

Early life

Alexandra Dawn Wong was born in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, on April 19, 1982, the youngest of four children. Her Vietnamese mother, Tam "Tammy" Wong, relocated from Huế in 1960 to work as a social worker in the U.S. Her Chinese-American father, Adolphus Wong (1937–2011), was an anesthesiologist who worked for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years.

In 2000, Wong graduated from San Francisco University High School, where she was student body class president. She enrolled at UCLA, where she majored in Asian-American studies. During her junior year, she spent time in Hanoi. After college, she studied in Vietnam through a Fulbright program.


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Wong performing in 2013

After graduating from college, Wong first tried stand-up comedy at the age of 23. She soon moved to New York City to pursue comedy and began to perform up to nine times a night.

In 2011, Variety named her one of the "10 Comics to Watch". Soon after, she appeared on The Tonight Show, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and Dave Attell's Comedy Underground Show. She was also cast as series regular in the NBC comedy series Are You There, Chelsea? and appeared on Chelsea Lately. After that, she was in VH1's Best Week Ever and MTV's Hey Girl in 2013. Additionally, she starred in Oliver Stone's Savages, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, and as Kate in the film Dealin' with Idiots.

In 2014, Wong played Dr. Lina Lark in the ABC medical drama series Black Box, opposite Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave. Since then, she has guest-starred in several episodes of Inside Amy Schumer. Wong has been a writer on Fresh Off the Boat since 2014. Randall Park, who is on the main cast, had suggested Wong for the writing role.

On Mother's Day 2016, Netflix released a stand-up special called Baby Cobra; the special was filmed in September 2015, when Wong was seven months pregnant with her first child at the Neptune Theater in Seattle. According to New York Magazine, "The special's arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans."

On September 11, 2016, Wong spoke at, and walked the runway during New York Fashion Week for Opening Ceremony's show. In October 2016, Wong began starring in the ABC sitcom American Housewife.

On May 13, 2018, Wong's second Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife, was released. It was filmed in late September 2017 at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto when she was seven months pregnant with her second child. In 2018, she voiced the character Citrus Twisty, a soda genie, in an episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.

Wong starred with Randall Park in the 2019 Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, a film directed by Nahnatchka Khan, and written by Wong, Park, and Michael Golamco. From 2019 to 2022, Wong voiced Bertie in the Netflix animated sitcom Tuca & Bertie.

On October 15, 2019, Wong published a book entitled Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life. She described it as a life guide for her daughters to read when they reach adulthood. The book won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.

In February 2022, Wong released her third Netflix stand-up special, Don Wong.

Wong co-starred with Steven Yeun in the 2023 Netflix drama-comedy series Beef, and was credited as an executive producer alongside Yeun.

Personal life

Wong met entrepreneur Justin Hakuta, the son of inventor Ken Hakuta, at the wedding of their mutual friends in 2010. (At the time, Hakuta was a Fulbright Scholar and a student at Harvard Business School.) They married in 2014. They have two daughters.

In April 2022, Wong and Hakuta announced they had filed for divorce shortly after her Don Wong stand-up special was released in February 2022, where she expressed regret and dissatisfaction with her marriage, which felt like going to prison. However, they have remained good friends and Hakuta continues as her tour manager.

Wong briefly dated actor Bill Hader in late 2022. Since at least April 2023, they have resumed dating, which was announced in line with the April releases of their shows Beef and Barry.


As actress

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Breaking In Ana Ng 3 episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Olivia 12 episodes
Savages Claire
2013 Dealin' with Idiots Katieie
2014 Black Box Dr. Lina Lark 13 episodes
2014–2015 Inside Amy Schumer Various characters 3 episodes
2015 BoJack Horseman Maddy (voice) Episode: "Escape from L.A."
2016 Animals. Dana (voice) Episode: "Rats"
The Angry Birds Movie Betty Bird (voice)
2016–2021 American Housewife Doris Series regular
2017 Fresh Off the Boat Margot Episode: "The Flush"
The Lego Ninjago Movie General Olivia (Voice)
Father Figures Ali
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Felony (voice)
OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Twisty (voice) Episode: "Soda Genie"
Ask the Storybots The Brain Episode: "How Do Ears Hear?"
2019–2022 Tuca & Bertie Bertie (voice) Main role, also Executive Producer
2019 Always Be My Maybe Sasha Tran Also writer and producer
Big Mouth Ali (voice) 14 episodes
2020 Birds of Prey Ellen Yee
Onward Gore (voice)
Love, Victor Ms. Thomas Recurring role
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Super Super Big Doctor (voice)
2022 Human Resources Becca (voice) Main role, spinoff of Big Mouth
Paper Girls Adult Erin Recurring role
2023 Beef Amy Lau Main role, also Executive Producer

As herself

Year Title Notes
2012 Chelsea Lately 9 episodes
2013 Hey Girl 5 episodes
2013 Best Week Ever 16 episodes
2016 Ali Wong: Baby Cobra Netflix comedy special
2017 The Hero Movie
2017 Bill Nye Saves The World S2E4 - Netflix
2018 Ugly Delicious S1E8 - Netflix
2018 Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife Netflix comedy special
May 28, 2019 The Ellen DeGeneres Show "Ali Wong Experienced Pure Joy Kissing Daniel Dae Kim" and "Ali Wong and Twitch Play 'Taste Buds'"
Oct 23, 2019 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah "Lessons for Her Daughters in Dear Girls and Life as a Female Comic "
Oct 24, 2019 The Ellen Show "Ali Wong Once Bombed in Front of Eddie Murphy" and "Ali Wong on Whether She Wants Her Daughters to Be Comedians"
May 9, 2022 Celebrity IOU "Ali Wong's Renovation Surprise"
2022 Ali Wong: Don Wong Netflix comedy special
March 10, 2023 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge; Episode: "Two Queens, One Joke"
March 10, 2023 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Celebrity guest; Episode: "Untucked: Two Queens, One Joke"


Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2018 Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Award Best Stand Up Comedian Female N/A Nominated
2019 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedy Movie Star Always Be My Maybe Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Series – Short Form Tuca & Bertie Nominated
2020 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Nominated
2022 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special Ali Wong: Don Wong Nominated
2023 Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials Beef Won
Online Film & Television Association Best Limited or Anthology Series Runner-up
Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Limited or Anthology Series Won
Gotham Independent Film Awards Breakthrough Series – Short Form Won
Outstanding Performance in a New Series Won
2024 Golden Globe Awards Best Limited or Anthology Series or Television Film Pending
Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Pending
Astra TV Awards Best Streaming Limited or Anthology Series Pending
Best Actress in a Streaming Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Pending
Critics' Choice Awards Best Limited Series Pending
Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Pending
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Pending
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie Pending
Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance Tuca & Bertie Pending
Independent Spirit Awards Best New Scripted Series Beef Pending
Best Lead Performance in a New Scripted Series Pending

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