Best Local Celebrity - 2013
Orange County has enjoyed the likes of Will Ferrell, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, John Wayne, Robert Englund and Steve Martin as famous, movie-industry residents. But there's a fresh celebrity on the block: Justin Chon. The Garden Grove native, who grew up in Irvine and graduated from University High School, stars in the 2013 film 21 & Over, which was created by the duo that wrote The Hangover. The charismatic Chon plays a straight-A college student who goes drinking with his buddies the night before an early-morning interview for medical-school admission. The result is, well, a lot like what happens in The Hangover—except with a Korean American actor playing the lead role. The 31-year-old has appeared on the Disney Channel in the film Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, in a sitcom on Nickelodeon and in The O.C. on network TV. He also played a reccurring character in the Twilight saga. The University of Southern California graduate is incredibly versatile: he has earned credits for screenwriting and directing; loves to surf and skateboard; plays the violin and guitar; dances; and—oh, yeah—owns three clothing stores (one in Buena Park) called the Attic.