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variety‘Finding Julia’ Star Ha Phuong’s Journey Proves Nothing Is Impossible

Already popular in her native land, the Vietnamese American singer-philanthropist aims for fame as an actress with her Academy Award-eligible feature.

variety article haphuongYears ago, in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, a 5-year-old girl named Ha Phuong became very ill. Her family was creative but not wealthy, so her father had to borrow money to pay her hospital bills.

She recovered, but when her family couldn’t repay the loans, men came to take the family’s belongings.

“[They] took everything from our house, even our black-and-white TV,” remembers Ha Phuong, tearing up at the memory. “I told myself, when I grow up and I have some money, I will help people in situations like that.”

Known affectionately to all as “HP,” today she is an accomplished recording artist, renowned in her home country. She is also the philanthropist she dreamed of becoming, helping children and young artists on both sides of the Pacific through the Ha Phuong Foundation, which is now in its second decade.

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Lisa HendleyHa Phuong: a conversation on acting, directing and Vietnam

Ha PhuongHaving grown up in Orange County, California in an area that is now known as “Little Saigon”, I’ve long had a fascination with Vietnamese culture and the stories of families impacted by the Vietnamese refugee crisis. So when I had the recent opportunity to screen the film Finding Julia, I jumped at the opportunity. I want to say upfront that viewers of this film shouldn’t compare it to the traditional blockbuster movies we are used to seeing these days. The film, loosely based on some of the parts of its star’s life, is a study in relationships, courage, mental illness and survival. Starring Ha Phuong, who also wrote the original screenplay, Andrew McCarthy, and Richard Chamberlain, “Finding Julia” gives us a shocking look into the mind of a talented immigrant who has to adapt not only to a new culture, but also to changing familial circumstances that reopen an old wound. The film’s look at the topic of sexual attraction between family members makes it inappropriate for many viewers, especially teens and children or anyone who has suffered abuse. But because there are so few films written or acted by Asian artists these days, I felt it important to have a discussion with Ha about her work…

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The Hollywood Times
Ha Phuong, Asian Superstar in the film, “Finding Julia”

By Jules Lavallee – December 13, 2019

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 12/12/19- Ha Phuong, a petite dynamo with a huge heart and a big name in her native Vietnam is now a deeply entrenched New Yorker.  A superstar in parts of Asia, “HP,” as she is known to her friends, is an accomplished actress, singer and now movie producer: her soon-to-be released feature film, a dramatic thriller in which she stars, is called Finding Julia.  

Share your upbringing.

Ha Phuong: I was born into a family with a long artistic tradition as well as talent and ambition. My father is musician Tran Quang Hien. In time she, along with her two sisters, Cam Ly and Minh Tuyet, became famous singers of contemporary Vietnamese music, separately and together.

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Boston HeraldThe new motion picture Finding Julia, which had its theatrical release on April 19, well deserved the recent United Artist Feature Film Award it earned for producer Ha Phuong—who also played the lead role of Julia Chamonix, a beautiful young Eurasian aspiring actress in New York City who is caught between two cultures and her own inner demons.

-BostonHerald.com


Pittsburgh Post-GazetteVietnamese-born actress and singer Ha Phuong more than holds her own with seasoned co-stars Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain in the recently released feature film, Finding Julia, which she also co-produced. The book is based on her best-selling novel, likewise titled Finding Julia.

-PittsburghPost-Gazette.com


San Diego Union TribuneHa Phuong Chu Tran, a singer and actress who has long been a superstar in her native Vietnam, recently made her first English-language acting debut in the feature film Finding Julia. Also an author and producer, “HP,” as she is known to her friends, now has homes in California and New York. Her dream is to be the first Vietnamese actress to play the lead in Miss Saigon on Broadway. This film should make that possibility real for her.

-SignOnSanDiego.com


Wall Street SelectActress Ha Phuong Chu Tran, star of the recently theatrically released feature film Finding Julia, and her husband, financier Chinh Chu, are dedicated to promoting the arts among young students. Most recently Ha Phuong became a sponsor of the Inaugural Faith, Hope and Charity Gala, presented by Catholic Charities, and being held in Burbank, CA on Saturday, April 27 to benefit the organization’s Immigration and Refugee Resettlement Program.

-WallStreetSelect.com


azcentralA new psychological thriller, Finding Julia, was in full theatrical release on April 19 in 25 cities across the country, including Chandler, AZ. Directed by Igor Sunara, the film stars Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain, and introduces a new talent: Ha Phuong Chu Tran. Ha Phuong also wrote the best-selling book on which the film is based, and has released a video and single of her signature song, “Memories of Love,” from the film’s soundtrack, which is on YouTube. Her website is findingjulia.net

-AZCentral.com


Press TelegramA triple-threat actress, singer, author and movie producer is also a major philanthropist. Ha Phuong Chu Tran has devoted her life—and the major portion of her earnings—to helping promote the arts in young girls and boys in California, New York and Vietnam. Ha Phuong’s first English-speaking role was as the star of the recently released feature film Finding Julia, with co-stars Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain. The movie was directed by Igor Sunara. Ha Phuong began her acting career starring in Vietnamese musicals, and still records sons and albums regularly in her homeland.

-PressTelegram.com


Street InsiderWhat happens when a beautiful Eurasian aspiring actress leaves her native country and finds herself caught between two cultures and at the mercy of her inner demons and family secrets, which increasing threaten her privileged existence? That’s the premise of Finding Julia, a feature film starring newcomer Ha Phuong, who wrote the book the film is based on. She plays both the young actress and her doomed mother in a career-building dramatic and emotional tour-de-force.

-StreetInsider.com



Finding Julia MovieIt’s Robin Lori Now: We are so excited to announce… “Finding Julia” starring Asian Superstar Ha Phuong hits theaters on April 19th!  The film is based on a book written by Ha Phuong partly about her life. This psychological thriller is about a woman caught between two cultures co-starring Andrew McCarthy and Richard Chamberlain and directed by Igor Sunara.


HP in Memories of loveDonLoe’s Lowdown: Ha Phuong, a superstar in parts of Asia, has just released a new single, “Memories of Love” coupled with the video. The video has already reached a stellar reception with 1 Million Viewers on YouTube. The song is a truly romantic song of a woman’s strength to live and love and resolve to endure through troubled times. Yet another masterpiece from an artist of magnificent talent. Link to Video


HP releases Memories of loveStreetsOnPoint: Who’s @HaPhuongArtist ?
(Los Angeles) Vietnam superstar Ha Phuong, vocalist, actress and humanitarian, is now making herself known in America, focusing on Los Angeles, the melting pot for Asian talent. Ha Phuong has decided to throw up Billboards around Los Angeles, hoping you will take notice of her and wonder who she is.


MzOnPointPromo: HP on billboardWho’s That Girl on those Billboard Around L.A.? It’s Ha Phuong, Vietnam Superstar & Philanthropist. Ha Phuong, a petite dynamo with a huge heart and a big name in her native Vietnam is now an artist in residence, deeply entrenched New Yorker. Living here, she is more determined than ever to help make the world a better place, inspired by her upbringing in Vietnam as well as her love for her daughters, and for all people.


HP on billboardCoda Grooves Ent: Who’s That Girl on those Billboard Around L.A.? It’s Ha Phuong, Vietnam Superstar & Philanthropist (Los Angeles) Vietnam superstar Ha Phuong, vocalist, actress and humanitarian, is now making herself known in America, focusing on Los Angeles, the melting pot for Asian talent. Ha Phuong has decided to throw up Billboards around Los Angeles, hoping you will take notice of her and wonder who she is.


Cool Running DJs:HP releases Memories of love HP has just released a new single, “Memories of Love” coupled with the video. The video has already reached a stellar reception with 1 Million Viewers on YouTube. The song is a truly romantic song of a woman’s strength to live and love, and resolve to endure through troubled times. Yet another masterpiece from an artist of magnificent talent.


Teambiggarankin:HP on billboard Who’s That Girl on those Billboard Around L.A.? It’s Ha Phuong, Vietnam Superstar & Philanthropist (Los Angeles) Vietnam superstar Ha Phuong, vocalist, actress and humanitarian, is now making herself known in America, focusing on Los Angeles, the melting pot for Asian talent. Ha Phuong has decided to throw up Billboards around Los Angeles, hoping you will take notice of her and wonder who she is.


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Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardsrexfeatures.com: Variety and Women in Film Emmy Nominee Celebration, Arrivals • 18 September 2015 • 10 images of Ha Phuong


Ha Phuong at Emmy AwardsGetty Images: Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration. Ha Phuong arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.


Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardszimbio.com Ha Phuong 2015 Pictures: Variety and Women in Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration – Arrivals, Women in Film 2015 Crystal & Lucy Awards


Ha Phuong at Emmy AwardsAMBmagazine
Sunday, September 20, 2015 – Actress and recording artist Ha Phuong looked stunning in a fuchsia gown from celebrity fashion designer Quynh Paris at the 2015 Governors Ball following the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. We caught up with Ha Phuong as she met with some of the biggest names of the evening, including television host Jimmy Kimmel and first time Emmy winner Regina King for supporting actress in a limited series for her role in “American Crime”.


Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardshollywoodpresscorps.com covers the 67TH Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball 2015. The theme for the night, and quite fittingly so was, ‘Reigning With Radiance’. And spotted in all her glamorous radiance was actress and recording artist, Ha Phuong wearing an elegant Quynh Paris floor length gown in fuchsia.


Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardsprphotos.com photo gallery of the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards – Governors Ball – featuring Ha Phuong.


Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardspetriemagazineofficial.com article: Ha Phuong Wears Celebrity Designer Quynh Paris Gown To EMMY Governor’s Ball Sunday, September 20, 2015 – Actress and recording artist Ha Phuong looked stunning in a fuchsia gown from celebrity fashion designer Quynh Paris at the 2015 Governor’s Ball following the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards. We caught up with Ha Phuong as she met with some of the biggest names of the evening, including television host Jimmy Kimmel and first time Emmy winner Regina King for supporting actress in a limited series for her role in “American Crime”.


Ha Phuong at Emmy Awardsfabbylifestyle.com article about the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball 2015, featuring. No stranger to being photographed with her contemporaries, Ha Phuong continued to dazzle throughout the night, stopping to pose with celebrities (R to L) T.V. host Jimmy Kimmel, actress and TV host Tia Barr, and Emmy winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Regina King. Ha Phuong’s jewelled clutch purse as the perfect accessory looked every bit as impressive as Regina’s trophy. Ha Phuong may not have won an award but with her flawless skin and beautiful pose, she looked every inch a star at the Emmy’s Governors Ball.


Read an article about Ha Phuong attending the 2015 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards.

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Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles.See several lovely pictures of Ha Phuong featured at the Women in Film 2015 Crystal and Lucy Awards on aceshowbiz.com


Ha Phuong at Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015The Journal News coverage of the Women in Film 2105 Crystal + Lucy Awards, featuring photos of all the celebrities in attendance including Ha Phuong.


Ha Phuong at Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015Photos of Ha Phuong and other celebrities at the Women in Film 2105 Crystal + Lucy Awards ceremony are available on ImageCOllect.com.


Ha Phuong at Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015AJC’s coverage of the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, featuring Ha Phuong and other celebrities.


Ha Phuong at Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015CENTURY CITY, CA – JUNE 16: Ha Phuong at the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California on June 16, 2015. Credit: David Edwards/MediaPunch


Variety’s coverage of the WIF’s Crystal and Lucy Awards. The audience also contributed to a WIF fundraiser and silent auction with Vietnamese actress and singer Ha Phuong giving $10,000 on the spot.


Ha Phuong at Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015Ha Phuong and Alan Ford at the Women in Film Crystal and Lucy Awards 2015, at the Century Plaza Hotel, June 16th, 2015. See more pictures of Ha Phuong and other celebrities on Contact Music’s website.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles.Seattle Pi coverage: Singer Ha Phuong attends the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Women in Film)

See this same photo at chron.com’s coverage of the event.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles.Getty Images features Singer Ha Phuong attends the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film AwardsBruno Press features a stunning photo gallery of Ha Phuong at the Women in Film 2015 Crystal & Lucy Awards.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Lucy AwardsREX features coverage and photo gallery of Ha Phuong at the Women in Film 2015 Crystal & Lucy Awards.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film AwardsZimbio.com’s coverage of Women in Film 2015 Crystal & Lucy Awards Presented By Max Mara, BMW of North America And Tiffany & Co, featuring Ha Phuong.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Lucy AwardsOh No They Didn’t covers Ha Phuong and other celebrities at the Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards.


Photo of Ha Phuong at Women In Film Awards in Los Angeles.Zimbio features Ha Phuong in their photo stream in attendance at the Women In Film 2015 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented by Max Mara, BMW of North America, and Tiffany & Co. at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 16, 2015 in Century City, California.


Ha Phuong In Touch Magazine Article A new article in In Touch Magazine, ‘Mutil-Talented Actress Ha Phuong’. Click here to view the entire article


Camillia Monet and Ha Phuong at Paramount StudiosCamillia Monet and Ha Phuong – Ha Phuong private screening for ‘Finding Julia’ at Paramount Studios in Hollywood at Paramount Studios – Los Angeles, California, United States – Friday 20th March 2015


Ha Phuong and Minh TuyetHa Phuong and Minh Tuyet attending the Ha Phuong and Minh Tuyet Sighted at Tren Restaurant in Fountain Valley on March 25, 2015 held at the Tren Restaurant, 16161, Brookhurst St. in Fountain Valley, CA, USA on 03/25/2015. Read more here.


Ha Phuong in Beverly HillsHa Phuong walking along Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills, California, United States – Tuesday 24th March 2015. Read more here.


Ha Phoung and Camillia SanesHa Phoung and Camillia Sanes Los Angeles California United States, Sunday 22nd March 2015. Read more here.


Ha Phoung in front of 100 photographersHP In front at over 100 photographer that photograph Her on The Runway Show.


red dress showHP at the SFW Go Red Celebrity Red Dress Show Benefiting the American Heart Association – Runway – Los Angeles California United States – Thursday 19th March 2015. Read more here.


Andrea Anderson, Ha Phuong and Camillia MonetAndrea Anderson, Ha Phuong and Camillia Monet attending the Style Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2015 “Go Red” on March 19, 2015 – Arrivals held at the The Reef LA on Broadway in Los Angeles, CA, USA on 03/19/2015. Read more here.



Ha Phoung's breakout roleThe Hollywood Times features an article by Valerie Milano, Ha Phuong’s Breakout Role in the American Market. March 5, 2015.
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Ha Phuong at Trump TowerHa Phuong at the Trump Tower in Manhattan
Ha Phuong fashion photos in New York during MBNY fashion week 2015. February 24, 2015.
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Ha Phuong Fashion Week“Ha Phuong,” the Vietnamese Angelina Jolie, was a runway model at this show and a big supporter of Quynh and her artistic talents and brought her superstar glamour to the event. February 23, 2015.
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Ha Phuong appearance Bergdorf GoodmanHa Phuong leaves Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue – Manhattan New York, New York, United States – February 20, 2015.
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Ha Phuong on 5th AveHa Phuong attending the Ha Phuong Sighted Walking on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on February 20, 2015 held at the Fifth Avenue in New York.
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International Music Singer Ha Phuong\
GlobalTech Post: International Music Singer Ha Phuong Comes To USA.
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Ha Phuong Fashion WeekFebruary 12th, 2015 seen Style Fashion Week NY, presented by Nicolas G. Perez, raising needed funds for Charity: Water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.
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Ha Phuong Fan PageHa Phuong’s Facebook Fan Page
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Ha Phuong Facebook
Another Ha Phuong Fan Page
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Ha Phuong Official site
Ha Phuong’s Official Website
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HP Foundation Website
Ha Phuong Foundation Website
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