Asian Actors We All Need More Of In Our Lives

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Asian actors are slowly starting to have their moment on the big (and little) screen.

CBC's "Kim's Convenience" is being heralded as a big win for diversity in media, while "Mulan Live" is promising an all-Asian cast, rather than a white male lead.

And to be honest, it's about damn time Asian actors get more recognition, because not only are they very talented, but they're also hella sexy and plenty of them have great style, too.

So let's take a moment to celebrate some swoon-worthy Asian actors that we just need more of in our lives (and on our TV and computer screens).

  • Simu Liu
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    The Chinese-Canadian newcomer stars on CBC's "Kim's Convenience" as Jung. He will play the role of Faaron in the upcoming NBC prequel series "Taken."
  • Godfrey Gao
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    We've already lusted over this Taiwanese-born Canadian actor and model in the past, but like, seriously ... we couldn't not include him. You may recognize him as Magnus Bane from "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," or from Louis Vuitton campaigns, of which he was the first Asian model to star in.
  • Arjun Rampal
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    This Indian film actor is best known for his roles in "Rock On!!" and "Dil Hai Tumhaara." He's also married to former Miss India, Mehr Jesia.
  • Daniel Dae Kim
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    Best known for his roles in "Hawaii Five-0" and "Lost," the South Korean-American actor is also the new face of Clinique For Men.
  • Harry Shum Jr.
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    You probably know Harry Shum Jr. as "Glee's" Mike Chang. The Chinese Costa Rican-American actor also plays the male lead on YouTube Red's original series, "Single By 30."
  • Hrithik Roshan
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    Indian Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has won six Filmfare Awards and is often referred to as one of the most attractive male celebs in India.
  • John Cho
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    South Korean-American actor John Cho is best known for his role as Harold Lee in the "Harold & Kumar" films. He was also the first Asian-American romantic male lead on American television when he played Henry Higgs on the sitcom, "Selfie."
  • Daniel Henney
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    Daniel Henney is best known for his roles in "X-Men Origns: Wolverine," "Big Hero 6" and "Seducing Mr. Perfect." Oh, and he's also a model, naturally.
  • Dev Patel
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    We first saw Dev Patel in British teen drama "Skins," but he rose to international fame and prominence when he starred in "Slumdog Millionaire." The British actor of Kenyan-born Indian parents currently stars in "Lion" with Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara.
  • Sam Milby
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    Known for his roles in "Pinoy Big Brother," "Close to You," "Death March," this Filipino-American actor/reality TV star also dabbles in modelling and music.
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro
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    Best known for his role in "House of Flying Daggers," this Taiwanese-Japanese actor and singer was also the voice of Tarzan for the film's Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese versions.
  • Naveen Andrews
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    This British-Indian actor is known for numerous roles, such as Sayid Jarrah in "Lost," Kip Singh in "The English Patient" and Sanjay in the 2002 remake of "Rollerball."
  • Byung-hun Lee
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    South-Korean actor, singer and model Byung-hun Lee made his Hollywood debut as Storm Shadow in "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra." He is also the star of four of the highest-grossing films in South Korea.
  • John Abraham
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    Indian Bollywood actor John Abraham is also a producer and former model. He made his film debut in "Jism," which earned him a Filmfare Best Debut Award nomination.
  • Huang Xiaoming
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    Huang Xiaoming is a Chinese actor, singer, and model. He's also married to fellow Chinese actress and model, Angelababy.
  • Rahul Kohli
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    This Indian-British actor currently stars as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti in "iZombie."
  • Chen Kun
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    Chinese-born Chen Kun is a critically acclaimed actor who rose to international fame when he starred in "The Knot." His role in "Painted Skin" won him a Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actor.
  • Sendhil Ramamurthy
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    Indian-American actor Sendhil Ramamurthy is best known for his role in NBC sci-fi drama "Heroes." He also plays Jai Wilcox in "Covert Affairs."
  • Julien Kang
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    Korean-Canadian actor Julien Kang Julien is best known for his role in "Goodbye Dear Wife." He's also a model.
  • Ki Hong Lee
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    You probably know Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee from Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."
  • Steven Yuen
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    Korean-born American actor Steven Yuen is best known for his role as Glenn Rhee in "The Walking Dead."
  • Aziz Ansari
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    Indian-American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari is best known for his role as Tom Haverford on "Parks and Recreation." He is also the mastermind behind Netflix's "Master of None."
  • Riz Ahmed
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    Pakistani-British actor and rapper Riz Ahmed (a.k.a. Riz MC) is known for his work in "The Road to Guantanamo," and "Nightcrawler." He also starred in HBO miniseries "The Night Of" and appeared in "Jason Bourne."
  • David Lee McInnis
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    The American actor of German, Irish and Korean heritage debuted his acting career in indie crime thriller, "The Cut Runs Deep."
  • Manish Dayal
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    Indian-American Manish Dayal played Raj Kher in "90210." He also plays the leading role in "The Hundred Foot Journey."

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