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This Is The Actress Suing IMDB For Exposing Her Age

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Junie Hoang is the name of the actress who is suing IMDB and Amazon for revealing her age.

In case you haven't seen such classics as Gingerbread Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver and Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors, then you might not be too familiar with her, but according to her IMDB page, she's been working since she was 16.

She originally filed an anonymous lawsuit, last October but a federal judge ordered that she reveal her identity or else the million-dollar lawsuit would be dismissed.

Hoang claims that after the websites revealed her birth year, telling the world that she's 40 years old, she says that her movie offers dried up.

The sad part is 40 is considered over the hill by Hollywood standards, especially since only 12.5% of the tv and movie roles go to women over a certain age. But, damn, Junie looks great! We would never guess she would be turning 41 this year - not that it matters - but still. Whatever you're doing gurl, keep doing it.

The Screen Actors Guild has also issued a statement, applauding Hoang, real name Huang Hoang, for her:

"…determination and courage" in "standing up to fight the unfair and abusive practice of publishing actors’ private information online without their consent.

Thousands of actors have had their careers harmed by the unauthorized publication of their birthdates by IMDb against their wishes. Screen Actors Guild and its members stand in support of efforts to curtail this invasion of privacy done to enhance a corporate balance sheet."

Meanwhile, her lawyer has also spoken out since Hoang revealed herself:

"We are very disappointed that the judge required the plaintiff to identify herself by name. But her willingness to do so should be a strong indication that my client is willing to see this case to its conclusion however long that road may be."

If anything, all this media attention has definitely put her name out there so maybe this was a blessing in disguise…

[Image via IMDB.]

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35 comments to “This Is The Actress Suing IMDB For Exposing Her Age”



  1. 1

    I'm tired of hearing about this old Hag!



  2. 2

    She will be 41 on July 16th !!!!



  3. 3

    lol…has she even considered that it's her acting ability and not her age…if she could act then she could play the part of a younger person…lol



  4. 4

    Who? This chick is insane for thinking that people actually give two shits about her.



  5. 5

    Nobody's ever heard of her but because of her lawsuit, everyone knows her age! lol



  6. 6

    damn she is fucking ugly



  7. 7

    Aren't birth certificates public record? Since she is, by choice, a public figure, there are certain things that she can't control. Since they have not published untrue things, I think she has little to stand on. Hell, isn't Cory Montieth like 30? And he is still playing a high schooler. And the truth shall set you free.



  8. 8

    Re: netopia – You are so right. She really shot herself in the foot on this one. Dumb is forever.



  9. 9

    she looka like a man !!! lol



  10. 10

    I BARELY REMEMBER HER… MAYBE CUZ SHE'S IN Z-LISTED ROLES TO BEGIN WITH. THE REAL REASON SHE AINT GETTING ROLES IS SHE'S ASIAN. FACE IT, THERE AINT TONS OF ASIAN ROLES ON THE LARGE OR SMALL SCREEN. SHE'S FIGHTING OVER SPILLED MILK FOR REALZ!! NOW IF SHE COULD SPEAK ASIAN LANGUAGES AND MOVE OVERSEAS TO HONGKONG, KOREA, JAPAN OR CHINA… SURE, SHE WILL GET TONS OF ROLES. BUT THIS AINT THE WEST. IT'S NORTH AMERICA WHERE IT SEEMS ONLY WHITE AND BLACK COUNT AND ONLY BLACKS ARE CONSIDERED A "MINORITY". EVERY OTHER MINORITY RACE DOESNT EXIST. PROOF POWER ONLY EXIST IN NUMBERS. SMFH.



  11. 11

    I'm glad to see you have toned down your negative rhetoric on this case Perez as maybe now you have realized Ms. Hoang has a very legitimate beef with IMDB. The fact is she looks fantastic and could easily play a role even ten years younger than her actual age, but as you point out the powers that be in Hollywood are very unforgiving regarding age. It's one thing if you are an established star, but for the average middle class actor trying to scrape together a decent living having your age displayed against your wishes on the most used resource site for casting directors and producers can be a real problem. I applaud Ms. Hoang for taking it on the chin for the thousands of actors who have had to suffer the consequences of IMDB's irresponsible practices. Actors should be able to be considered for a role and have those hiring decide if they are age appropriate for the character or not without the undue influence of IMDB potentially taking away that chance before they even get in the door!



  12. 12

    If she had talent, she would get roles.



  13. 13

    I understand this actors dilemma Hollywood is very ageist and often contributes to women resorting to plastic surgery in an effort to prolong their careers. For those who say, "this male actor or that male actor is still acting" are very ill-informed. Males are allowed to be given roles way into their eighties while females not so much.. What is the likelihood we would see a 70 year old man running through the jungle carrying a squad automatic weapon (SAW, for those of you with military knowledge)..Probably not.. but Sylvestor Stallone can get these roles. Jason Statham gets roles as sex symbol even those he's bald on top.. A man can be clearly out of the age range for desirableness/virility and still get roles, for women, not so much. So I do understand where much of her frustrations comes from.



  14. 14

    Re: gossip gay – The rest of the world is subject to having all of our personal documents opened to public records online. Actors are no different and not special. Who do actors think they are? I can find out almost anything I want about anybody online; what makes actors exempt from this? Public records mean public records. Until the laws change (and I for one think they should), we are stuck with everyone knowing everything. Welcome to a post 9/11 world.



  15. 15

    I hate to break it to her (not) but she LOOKS 40.



  16. 16

    Who is she again? It would be understandable if she was an "A" listed actress, but she isn't. She caused her own demise, none of this would have come out if she had kept her mouth shut than bringing attention to herself. Now she wants to sue, as if that is going to change anything, she should have just left well enough alone.



  17. 17

    Let's be honest she looks great for a woman in her early 40s, it is extremely difficult to get a decent acting gig for anyone at any age, and aging most likely worsens the possibility of getting a job, but I think casting directors also look at the head shots of the applying actors and see how they look and she could go for a woman in her 30s, quite frankly she should be proud of how damn good she looks. She could use that as a positive thing rather than negative, she could say yeah bitches I am in my 40s but I look freaking amazing…hire me…spin it the right way girl…don't make yourself look bad.



  18. 18

    I know a lot of asian actresses personally from LA who hide or just plain lie about their ages because there aren't a lot of roles for them after 30 - it's lame but they want to work. The actress who was the bad asian housekeeper on Desperate Housewives years back - I won't say her name but you can look her up - WAY lied on her imdb profile. She is 6 years older than she says.



  19. 19

    p.s. It does make a difference to me if I am looking at your resumes and see your age - I can't change that about myself, anyone I cast previously did not list their age and when I found out later I was surprised and admitted I would not have cast two out of four of them



  20. 20

    They have the right to hide their age………



  21. 21

    Theres something terribly sad abut this . I don't really understand the burning desire some people have to act and be part of the showbusiness thing. I respect it but I don't understand it. But what seems so sad is that she has a good degree in a science and she has given up the life she could have had in favour of spending 20 years debasing herself in roles such as 'triage nurse' (not even a named character) in 'I didn't know I was pregnant'. If she was the slightest bit talented she would have gained a following and made the connections for better roles. If she was my friend I would have to tell her to look at her life and what it is she really wants.



  22. 22

    You only as good as your screen test honey!!!!!!



  23. 23

    One flaw in her plan .. you cannot sue for slander/libel if it is TRUE!



  24. 24

    This women is a dumb bitch. Nobody knows who she is and this lawsuit is her biggest credit. The fact the screen actor guild stood by her is the most ridiculous thing of them all. Part of being in the public eye is having everything out their be on display. I hope imdb sue the screen actor guild to for the dumbest move in history.



  25. 25

    Re: brat93111 – YOU'RE TALKING GWENDOLINE YEO WHO PLAYED EVA LONGORIA'S ASIAN HOUSEKEEPER WHOM SHE TRIED TO MAKE A SURROGATE, LOL. YEA, HER PROFILE SAYS SHE'S BORN 1977 MAKING HER 34… SO YOU'RE SAYING SHE'S ACTUALLY 41 JUST LIKE THIS JUNIE CHIC, HMMM. OOPS, SHE'S EXPOSED TOO… JUST SAYIN, LOL. ASIAN CHICS CAN GET AWAY WITH IT BECAUSE ASIANS LOOK YOUNG IN GENERAL BY CAUCASIAN STANDARDS. THERE'S TONS OF ASIAN GIRLS WHO LOOK COLLEGE AGE BUT WHO ARE ACTUALLY LATE 30'S OR 40'S.



  26. 26

    I totally agrre with number 11. she have all the rightto suit this bastards, last time i chec it was ilegal for any casting Director or agent to ask the artist/actor their age.
    the fact that IMDB keeps posting peoples age and date of birht without they consent is ilegal, and im glad this lady is taking some serious action, IMDB should pay for those damaging actors for putting that kind of info public, and her lawyesr are right on the money, we know that they are actors and Public figure but doesnt mean that IMDB should publicsite their Private info specially nowdays with the whole ID scum going around in this country and ppl stealing ID's and personal Info. They should have That Info Hidden from the Public to see. and i wil be more happy if more people wil come forward with the same problem.!!!!! GO Junie"
    and by the way… PEREZ wishes to be an STAR, he just a COCK sucker and always Trying to Fit in…!!!!



  27. 27

    Whatever . . . Isn't this old news? If people look at the years in which she played certain roles, it wouldn't be difficult to figure out her age. I bet most of us have never seen her before, anyway, so it's not as if she was a bust actress.

  28. @v@ says – reply to this


    28

    She's brave to take a stand to protect her personal privacy. If you give up a little here, and a little there, soon no one has any at all. She's actually fighting for everyone who might care about it.



  29. 29

    It's personal and she has the right to keep the things she wants private to be private. I for one, like many things private in my life and often need space to myself. Though age has never bothered me. I think if I weren't given a job due to my age, I'll find a job that values me for what skills I've learned in my lifetime which gives even more value to others who ahven't acquired such skills. Love your article, a fine job.



  30. 30

    She's very brave, but I'm wondering how she'd get to prove that it's because of her age having been made public that she's not getting any work. She hasn't really been in any movie that many people have heard of, after all. Still, I wish her the best. This might be a fruitless struggle and I'm not sure if getting the public to recognize her is her ultimate goal since she initially filed this anonymously. Maybe it's time to ignore the superficial, i.e. her age, and just push on.



  31. 31

    she looks like a monkey



  32. 32

    LMFAO! Hoodrats 2: Hoodrat Warriors? Is this b*tch for real???

  33. @v@ says – reply to this


    33

    Re: AngelsAdvocate – You lack awareness regarding the existing and looksism problem of dwindling roles for women over 40. This woman has worked in film since the age of 21, and imagine yourself trying to save for retirement from 40 to 65 or 70 on less and less work when you have accumulated 20+ years acting experience. Add the fact that she's also Asian, which still reduces roles for whatever reason, and you see the problem. She looks young for her age, and wants to extend her work window free of preconceptions that '40' will bring to a casting poobah. Plus it's really nobodie's business on the net.



  34. 34

    Hmm, I think most people have expressed my sentiments, stupid is forever. Wakeup call, the problem isn't with IMDB, it's Hollywood, stop with the youth obsession it's sickening! She isn't a trailblazer she's a part of the problem. You're not a child, and as mentioned there should be a lot more roles for Asian actors/actresses but there aren't, another issue in Hollywood. You are who you are love, deal with it.



  35. 35

    Re: kallengirl – I agree, if you look up my name you get my age, if I do a job application I have to put in my b-day plus age, why are actors exempt? Double standard… not to mention once you choose a job in the public eye your private life is no longer private, she should get a real job, sounds like acting isn't working out too well for her (by her resume).