Hey there, I’m Sydney Viengluang. I’m an actress working and living in Hollywood.
Over the last few years, actress Sydney Viengluang has quickly become “one to watch” in the entertainment industry, bringing dynamic, diverse, and powerful female characters to life on screen. This year, Viengluang will continue to star on SYFY’s hit, zombie apocalyptic series “Z Nation,” which debuted its fifth season in October 2018. Viengluang joined the cast during season three and instantly became a fan favorite as Dr. Sun Mei, a biological researcher in search of the zombie virus to save humanity. Aside from her work on “Z Nation,” Viengluang has worked on a handful of high profile television projects, including appearing on “Jane the Virgin,” “Scorpion,” and “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.” Viengluang also executive produced and starred in the award-winning short film, “The Letter,” which won the Flicks4Chicks 2016 Short Film Contest Grand Prize for Diversity and Best Drama Award.
Born in Vientiane, Laos in Southeast Asia, Viengluang spent the first two years of her life in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines after her family escaped from insurgency and military conflict throughout the country. Once her family was sponsored, they landed in Wichita, Kansas where she was raised and went to high school and college. Upon graduating college, Viengluang moved to Los Angeles to start a career in accounting and finance at a movie studio. After sitting behind a desk for a year and learning more about the entertainment industry, she wanted to try her hand at acting, and started to take classes. As soon as she started auditioning, Viengluang started to book jobs leading up to her current role on “Z Nation.”
The world would be a much better place if we all try to show a bit more compassion to those that don’t look like us.
- Sydney Viengluang
When not on set, Viengluang is involved with the advocacy group Laos Angeles, a community and movement that seeks to advocate and advance Lao identity and representation in mainstream media. She is also extremely passionate about diversity and Asian American representation, helping immigrants and refugees, and the LGBTQIA+ community. She also has a passion for the great outdoors and loves to spend time “off the grid” camping, adventuring, and taking in the nature around her.