Who is Ramona Young?
Ramona Young is an actress and writer, perhaps best recognized for her roles in the TV series “Man Seeking Woman”, “Santa Clarita Diet”, and “The Real O’Neals”. She also gained substantial exposure appearing in “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Never Have I Ever”. Ramona was born under the Zodiac sign Gemini on 23 May 1998 in Los Angeles, California, USA. As of 2021, she is 23 years old and holds American nationality. In addition to English, she speaks Mandarin and Chinese fluently.
Early life and Family
As a child, Ramona bounced between L.A. and Hong Kong until she turned eight, when the family settled in the .S. Her mother works in the US Navy, while her father is a psychologist and professor.
Considering that her mother worked in the Navy during her formative years, she often changed schools, attending a local school in Hong Kong, and continuing her education at a school in L.A. In an interview with Teen Vogue, she shared her experience of having moved between several educational institutions, saying: “Going from school to school a lot gave me a sense of who I was. Maybe more so than the average kid in high school. I really learned about who I wanted to be and who I could be, and that could really be anything.”
She later graduated from California State University with a degree in Theater, Art, and Dance, then pursued acting as a career. Determined to further her knowledge, she began acting classes in Penthouse West Acting School based in Los Angeles, and also took voice training classes at Ruth Ellis Vocal Academy.
Talking to a media outlet, Ramona disclosed that her parents hadn’t been happy with her idea of being an actress; having been born into a traditional family, her parents and grandparents thought that she would lean to a more paved and reliable path in life, such as getting a good education and having a stable job. However, over time they came around, accepting her choice and becoming more supportive.
Ramona kicked off her career in 2010, appearing in the short movie entitled “Specter”. Two years later, she made her TV debut starring as Kevin Rude’s fan in an episode of the series “This Indie Thing”. After appearing in an episode of the American sitcom “Super Fun Night”, Ramona starred in several short movies, including “Twelve”, “Wanderers”, “Reflections”.
Then during the same year, she tested the waters as a director, producer and writer with the short project entitled “Live Exit Here”.
The following year she worked on various projects, including portraying Kaya on the action-post/apocalyptic series “Z Nation”. Ramona joined the cast in 2014 as one of the recurring characters in the third season through five, after which the series was canceled. Ramona additionally booked the role of Alison Adler-Wong in the sitcom “The Real O’Neals”, appearing in the second season, but the show was canceled in 2017 after it ranked as the least-watched comedy series on ABC.
During the same year, she appeared in two short movies, “Star-Crossed” and “Subversion”.
She also shared the screen with the well-liked YouTuber, Logan Paul, starring in the sci-fi thriller movie “The Thinning”. Her other movie credits include several more short films, such as “Set Life”, “Harry Decisions”, and “Date night”.
In 2017 she was cast as Robin in the romantic comedy series “Man Seeking Woman”, appearing as a recurring character opposite Jay Baruchel and Eric Andre in the third season, but at the end of which, despite receiving generally positive reviews, the show was canceled. During the same year, she made several one-episode appearances in TV series such as “Thin Ice”, “Review”, and “Flip the Script”, and additionally landed a recurring role in the comedy/horror series on Netflix, “Santa Clarita Diet”, created by Victor Fresco.
Even though the show housed this absurdly humorous premise about a real-estate agent who turns out to be a zombie, it was canceled in 2019.
After gaining some recognition and exposure, in 2018 she appeared as Angelica in the sex/comedy movie “Blockers”, opposite John Cena and Leslie Man. The film was positively received by the critics and the audience, with praise aimed at the “humor and performances” as well as “intelligence and empathy”. Additionally, it scored at the box office.
Ramona also appeared in the short movie “Bottomland” and the comedy-drama film “All About Nina”, and during the same year was cast in the role of Mona Wu, a young woman obsessed with fantasy novels and an expert on magical creatures, in the supernatural series “Legends of Tomorrow”, appearing in the fourth and fifth seasons.
Her latest roles include the HBO comedy-drama “Unpregnant”, in which she portrayed Emily. Ramona also landed the recurring role as Eleanor Wong in the coming-of-age comedy series “Never Have I Ever”, created by Mindy Kaling. The actress disclosed in an interview her delight and happiness for being able to represent such a character, with whom she deeply related, saying: ”I played my truth when I played Eleanor and her background for sure.” adding “I definitely had an idea of how I wanted to play Eleanor. I’m very sensitive and emotional, so all of that was in Eleanor, but a bunch of Eleanor’s character came from her outfits and fashion choices. It made me try out things that were out of the box.”
The first season of the series premiered in April 2020 on Netflix, instantly garnering positive reviews and praise, mainly for breaking Asian stereotypes.
Netflix renewed the show for another season, which premiered in July 2021, and in August 2021, the producers announced that the show would be renewed for a third season, which will hit the platform in early 2022.
Ramona is very elusive about her romantic interests, and likes to keep her personal life away from the public eye. She hasn’t been linked to anyone in the past, and according to sources, she’s currently single.
What is her net worth?
Her estimated net worth is around $2.5 million, which she’s earned through her acting career. Ramona has appeared in several hit series and movies, including “Blockers” which grossed $94 million against a $22 million budget.
Physical stats and Hobbies
Ramona is 5ft 5ins tall (165cm), weighs around 110lbs (54kgs), and her vital statistics are 32-27-34, with a curvy body. Her natural hair is black, while her eyes are brown. Ramona also has an eye-catching skull tattoo on her right thigh.
In the future, she hopes that she will write, produce and make her own movies. In her interview with Flaunt Magazine, she disclosed that her passionate project is entitled “Roja Rises”, which she hoped she would produce someday. Reflecting on her role as Eleanor and her high-school experience, Ramona shared: ”For me, coming of age is acknowledging that the process is not so much from going Point A to Point B, but rather infinite steps of continuations and transformations, and just accepting that and not expecting black and white—just enjoying the process of life.”
When she is not on set, she likes to play games, write and sing, and skate. Her favorite actors include Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Jim Carrey, while her favorite actresses are Cate Blanchet, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet.
An interesting detail about Ramona is that she’s a martial artist who has been training since the age of four. Later she became interested in Wushu, and continued training.
She is very active on Instagram, which currently counts nearly 500,000 followers. Her Twitter account has over 6,000 followers; Ramona is also on TikTok, on which she has amassed nearly 120,000 followers with over 400,000 likes.