Named by Variety, The Wrap and other publications as a rising star to watch in young Hollywood, Hudson Yang began his performing career less than 18 months before being cast as Fresh Off the Boat's irrepressible protagonist, Eddie. After a classmate told him about her experiences acting in a TV commercial, he begged for the chance to try it for himself, finally convincing his father to bring him to an open call for the movie The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013). Despite his lack of experience, he was one of two finalists for the co-lead role of Pete and impressed the casting director enough that she urged him to pursue acting seriously – even referring him to his current agents.
Shortly thereafter, Yang was cast as Henry in the independent feature The Sisterhood of Night (2014) and then tried out for Fresh Off the Boat, where his audition caught the eye of Eddie Huang — then a producer on the series — and author of the best-selling book that inspired the show, leading to Yang's unexpected big break. Over the course of four seasons to date, Yang's performance has garnered him multiple NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Youth, and Teen Choice Awards nominations as Choice Scene Stealer in 2016 and Outstanding TV Comedy Actor in 2017 and 2018.
Yang has also appeared on Family Guy, Disney's Sofia the First, Liv and Maddie, The Lion Guard and PBS's Cyberchase. He starred in indie rapper Jason Chu's acclaimed music video "Marvels" as Chu's younger self and was cast in Orange Is the New Black co-executive producer Lauren Morelli's directorial debut, Hum, opposite Samira Wiley (Poussey on OITNB).
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Yang now lives in Ladera Heights, California. When not acting, Yang enjoys cooking, karaoke, playing PUBG and Rainbow Six, and eating shockingly large breakfasts.