Before becoming an actress, Sumalee worked as an investment banking analyst in both New York and Hong Kong. She eventually left the world of finance to spend a year backpacking through Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. After that adventure, she decided to pursue acting professionally.
She landed her first TV job on ER, playing nurse Duvata Mahal, a role that lasted for three seasons. She has since guest starred and recurred on numerous TV shows, including VEEP (as Joyce Cafferty), Grey’s Anatomy, Shameless, Nashville, NCIS: New Orleans, Rizzoli & Isles, Bones, The Mentalist, Harry’s Law, Nip/Tuck, Big Love, Shark, Boston Legal, Close to Home, and The West Wing. Sumalee’s Geek credentials are amazing, check out the highlights below:
Selected voice-over acting credits include:
Arcee, Transformers: Prime, Katana, Beware the Batman, Mera, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Shae Vizla, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Inquisitor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Nyreen Kandros, Mass Effect 3, The Enchantress, Diablo III, The President of the United States, Saints Row IV, Ayu, For Honor, Marjory Delaqua, Guild Wars 2, Cali, Skylanders franchise, Kiyoko, Only Yesterday (English version, Studio Ghibli), Radio voice, 10 Cloverfield Lane (Bad Robot), and The Wu Sisters, Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters
Additional video game credits include:
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare; Fallout 4; Final Fantasy XV; Lawbreakers; The Last of Us; Lego Dimensions; Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars; Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst; World of Warcraft (Legion, Warlords of Draenor, and Mists of Pandaria); Wildstar; XCom 2; X-Men: Destiny and several
Sumalee is half-Filipina and half-Thai. She graduated with honors from Harvard University and is also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. She lives in Los Angeles, and in addition to acting, she lends her writing and editing skills to help nonprofit organizations.