Yumi Iwama

Yumi has been a stage, film, and TV actress for many years and has recently branched into voice overs for commercials and video games. She is married to actor Brian Mulligan and has twins, a boy and a girl. They reside in Los Angeles.

Updated November 2014

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Becoming Yumi

I grew up hating my name. I wanted to change it to “Amy.” Amy sounds cute and it sounds white, and I wanted to be both. All my friends and Barbie dolls were white, and I wanted to match. I remember having an aching feeling at 7 years old, wishing with all my might that I could change my name. Not surprisingly, when I approached my parents with the idea, they laughed.

I was the third of four kids in my family, born in 1960’s suburban New Jersey, with no other Asian family in sight. My parents gave me ...

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