iTalk movies is a long-form interview series featuring leading members of the film community. In this episode, our host Keetin Marchi interviews Jona Xiao from Gifted on the Popcorn Talk Network.
This year actress Jona Xiao can be seen in some of the most talked about about projects in TV and film. She has quickly become known for her ability to bring characters to life in the comedic world, while seamlessly tapping into her range in dramatic projects. It was recently announced that she joined the cast of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (Columbia Pictures) which will follow a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man as he begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging hero. The film is slated for release summer 2017. Also on the film front, Jona can next be seen in “Keeping Up with the Joneses” (Twentieth Century Fox) opposite Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm, slated for release on October 21,2016. In 2017 she will be seen in the film “Gifted” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) opposite Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer. On the television front Jona can be seen recurring on season three of AMC’s hit series “Halt and Catch Fire.” Jona is a scene stealer as Julie Yang, the first female coder on Team Mutiny.
Over the last few years Jona has appeared on top television series including: “Bones,” “Trophy Wife,” and “Rizzoli & Isles.” She has been involved in over 15 films, 15 theater productions, web series, commercials, and voice-over projects.
This feisty first generation Chinese-American actress grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she began acting in middle school. Beyond her encompassing passion for acting, she also loved sports and in high school was an Academic All-American and All-State lacrosse player. When not on set, Jona taps back into her love of sports, bringing her known competitive edge. She is a championship quarterback in co-ed flag football and has won several dodgeball tournaments. Even though she hasn’t won any championships in board games, she does love playing them and hosts secret industry board game nights.
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