Bio & Resume


If Jona could be summarized in one line, it would be: spunk and ridiculousness wrapped up in one innocent looking Asian gal.  So after being told by her mother that her singing was more painful to listen to than her crying, she leapt into on-camera acting, and has been in over 15 films, 15 TV Shows/webseries, 15 theater productions, 10 commercials,  along with voiceover and print work.

She won the first prize level of the National Warner Brothers Casting Call. To break the boundaries of her comfort zone, she competed in Miss California and became Miss Melrose USA 2012.

UPCOMING WORK: Catch her in Marvel’s upcoming SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, STACEY CHUNG in KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES (w/ Zach Galifiankis, Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) and LIJUAN in GIFTED (w/ Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, Jenny Slate).  Also, she’s recurring as the hilarious Julie Yang in AMC’s HALT & CATCH FIRE and the fun-loving Natalie Wu in BEING MARY JANE opposite Gabrielle Union.

In her free time, Jona quarterbacks in flag football, plays dodgeball, and loves board games.

What Producer DAVID BALL (ESCAPE OF THE LIVING DEAD, 96 MINUTES, YELLOW) has to say about Jona:

“Every once in a while a producer/director finds an actor that is a hidden treasure, and Jona Xiao is just that actress.  She is as flexible in her approach to any given character as is requested, at the same time she brings a spark that is uniquely hers.  Jona is as comfortable in comedic as well as dramatic roles, but what I truly admire is that when Jona is in character, much like everything else she does, she fully commits no matter how absurd or demanding it may be.  I’ll be there supporting her all the way, lucky me!” -David Ball, SXSW Award-Winning Producer


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Being Mary Jane Recurring Guest Star BET
Halt & Catch Fire Julie Yang (5 episodes) AMC
Bones Miriam Young FOX
Rizzoli & Isles Co-Star TNT
2 Broke Girls CBS
Young and the Restless Angie CBS
Victorious Nina Nickelodeon
Kroll Show Guest Star Comedy Central
Trophy Wife Co-Star ABC
The Forgotten Co-Star ABC / Jerry Bruckheimer
Weekend Host Host WB-11 Guest Star Shockfest Production
Weekend Host Host WB-11 Guest Star Shockfest Production
Common Scents Guest Star dir. Barbara Howlin
Days of Our Lives Joelle NBC
Saving Face Series Regular AminoCat Entertainment

Spider-Man: Homecoming Actress Marvel/Sony
Keeping Up with the Joneses
(w/Zach Galifianakis,
Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot)
Stacey Chung 20th Century Fox/
dir. Greg Mottola
Gifted (w/ Chris Evans) Lijuan Fox Searchlight/
dir. Marc Webb
Tag (post-production)
w/ Chris Mintz-Plasse
Arden dir. Danny Roth
Cherry Waves Supporting dir. Carey Williams
Alice Upside Down Supporting Open Pictures, dir: Sandy Tung
The Mandarin Orange Boy Co-Lead dir. Guil Claveria
The Cantilever Account Supporting dir. Javier Ronceros
Becoming One Co-Lead dir. Sean Williams
Bellum Lucis Supporting KDHX
Wind Lead dir. CK Spitler
Motion Picture Romance Lead dir. Wilson Schlamme
Call Me Crazy Lead USC MFA
Vega Supporting dir. Dan Chen
Walkin’ The Zombie Supporting dir. Sean Keough

National CDC Youth Violence Lead Banyan Communications
Choosing The Right Mate Before the First Date Primary Reader Dreamscope Enterprises

National Warner Brothers Casting Call 1st Prize Lever Winner

Master Class: Scene Study/Cold Reading Anthony Meindl, AMAW
Advanced Improvisation The Groundlings
Comedy Technique (ongoing) Actor’s Comedy Studio
Reactions/Emotional Facial Expressiveness John Sudol
Private Coaching (ongoing) John Homa, Billy O’Leary, Jamison Haase, Shawn Caulin-Young
Stage Combat Tod Gillanardo
Audition Technique Stan Kirsch, Ted Brunetti, Annie Grindlay
Commercial Technique Killian’s Commercial Workshop, Kevin McCorkle, Joe Bays
Meisner Technique William Alderson Studio
Improvisation, Scene Study, Voice, On-Camera Larry Moss Studio

Languages & Accents: Fluent Mandarin, Chinese Accent
Sports: All-State Lacrosse Player, Jiu Jitzu, Tae Kwon Do, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Escrima Filipino Stick Fighting, Stage Combat, Ultimate Frisbee, Table Tennis, Ice Skating, Crossfit, Can carry anyone up to 330 lbs.
Other: Great Screamer, Teleprompter, Miss Melrose USA 2012, MENSA member, Improvisation, Piano (6 years), Drawing, Painting, Valid Passport.