Dianne Doan Biography
Dianne Doan is a Canadian actress. She first developed an interest in acting in grade 9 when she took drama classes as an elective. She began technical training in dance at the age of 10.
As a young adult, she performed in the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and as a back-up dancer for Michael Bublé. In addition, she has worked as a dancer to other music videos for recording artists including Big Time Rush and Marianas Trench as well as worked on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance.
As an actor, she has made small appearances on shows like ABC’s Once Upon a Time and TV Land’s Impastor. She got her breakthrough when she was cast in the Disney Channel made-for-television film Descendants as Lonnie, the daughter of Mulan and Li Shang.
In 2016, she was cast in a major recurring role in History Channel’s Vikings as Yidu for season four. That was followed by a major role in Verizon (go90) and Awesomeness TV’s web-series Guidance where she played twin sisters.
In 2017, Dianne Doan joined the main cast of Cinemax’s Warrior as the character of Mai Ling as a Series Regular. The series is produced by filmmaker Justin Lin, based on an original concept by the late Bruce Lee.
Dianne Doan Age
Doan was born in Abbotsford, Canada. She was born on 8th September 1990. Her current age is 28 years old as of 2018.
Dianne Doan Height
The beautiful actress is quite tall. She stands at a height of 1.68 m. That is approximately 5 feet and 6 inches. Her height blends in well with her physique and body shape.
Dianne Doan Net Worth
The famous Canadian actress has accumulated quite a handsome amount of money from her career. She has made small appearances on shows like ABC’s Once Upon a Time and TV Land’s Impastor. She got her breakthrough when she was cast in the Disney Channel made-for-television film Descendants as Lonnie.
Moreover, she was cast in a major recurring role in History Channel’s Vikings as Yidu for season four. Her appearances have helped increase her net worth. Her current net worth is estimated to be around $ 1.5 million.
Dianne Doan Dating
Dianne Doan could still be single. She has not revealed any details yet about her boy friend. Furthermore, she has not been seen with men in the public. Doan is a very secretive woman who does not like to share her personal life. We will update you soon when we have details concerning her boy friend.
Dianne Doan Movies And TV Shows
- 2013 Once Upon a Time
- 2013 Impastor
- 2015 Descendants: School of Secrets
- 2016 Vikings
- 2017 Guidance
- 2017 Legends of Tomorrow
- 2019 Good Trouble
- 2019 Warrior
- TBA Last Night in Suburbia
Dianne Doan Instagram
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Dianne Doan Interview
Q: Mai Ling is such an interesting character. The audience doesn’t know a lot about her history. How much of a backstory did you develop for her?
Dianne Doan: Everything is motivated by her past. We’ve watched her through the first four episodes that aired, but we don’t really know much about what’s going on in her head. But I would say I built a whole backstory – where she came from, why she went to San Fran, how she got to San Fran, and just her need to rise to the top of the tong.”
Q: Will we be treated to more of her history this season or in season two?
Dianne Doan: “I can only wish and dream that we see more of that backstory in season two. The hard part I would say is that our whole regular cast is so large and there are so many different characters and storylines going through that it’s kind of hard to get a whole episode based on one character, or a couple of scenes.
Dianne Doan: But, yes, I hope that we would shed some light. I think in episode three we got a look into Bolo’s past. I realize that seeing 11 people’s past is a little tricky, but there’s been scenes like when Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) mentions my past. There’s been little gateways into what happened.”
Q: Do you believe she would be the person she is now if not for her first abusive husband?
Dianne Doan: “No, definitely not. The backstory that I created for Mai Ling is when she was a young girl obviously that marriage to the warlord was abusive and for all the many years I was there, thus the need to escape to San Francisco. And it was that idea that I would never again be abused. So, becoming a prostitute in a brothel in San Francisco wasn’t an option.
Q: I didn’t view it as her sleeping her way to the top. I saw it as Mai Ling doing what she needs to survive. Did she enter the marriage with Long Zii because she had to?
Dianne Doan: “I don’t think that she had to. I think it was mutual respect between the two. I don’t think that necessarily I married him to somehow take over the tong. It was more so marry him to be protected. I found that to never be abused I needed to find a position of power.
Q: Is that what you latched onto in reading the first script? What about Mai Ling grabbed you and informed you as to who this woman is as a person?
Dianne Doan: “When I first auditioned for the show, I wasn’t really given any information. It was at first a difficult decision whether to sign on. I think in the initial breakdown we turned it down – the audition – because it just worried me. I think the information given was something like, ‘Female, series regular, leading character within the tong.’ It was an HBO/Cinemax show and being a female performer, the kind of red flag for me was when it said, ‘You must be comfortable with nudity or simulated sex.’
Q: Did how Mai Ling was initially described to you by Jonathan play out? Did he fulfill all his promises about your character?
Dianne Doan: “He did. Thankfully, he did. I had three scenes in my audition, and it was initially Mai Ling and Ah Sahm reuniting in the pilot. There was a scene between Li Yong and Mai Ling, and then a scene in episode eight. Those scenes were just every shade on the rainbow of emotion, of power.
Not knowing who the character was yet – still not sure after putting something on tape – and then later after filming it on set was just incredible. Yeah, everything that Jonathan in a way promised me came true.”
Q: Your resume is so impressive but is there a character you’ve played who gave you a similar vibe or is she completely different?
Dianne Doan: “Thank you. That’s a very kind compliment. I’ve been really lucky in my career so far. I mean, I’m coming from Disney to I did a History Network show and now HBO/Cinemax. Yeah, a lot of different ranges, I’d say. But you know what? To be honest, a little bit of my…I wouldn’t say they’re similar at all, but I try to make my characters as grounded as possible and never play the victim in a way. So, I would say the background for the most similar character would maybe be Yidu in Vikings.
Q: Did you end up doing much research into San Francisco in the 1870s? Did you research how Mai Ling would hold herself or her mannerisms, given the era of the series?
Dianne Doan: “I looked up a lot of documentaries with immigration and coming into America and obviously the Exclusion Act, how the Chinese people were treated at that time. A lot of background research. But in terms of mannerisms for Mai Ling, not necessarily because that is part of creating the character is being able to decide how she talks or how she walks.
Dianne Doan: The costume dictates so much and your backstory as a character says something else. But I definitely wanted to make sure that I felt that I knew how women were treated at that time.