Hit With Asian Persuasion: 14 Celebs Who Have Dated Asian Women

January 9, 2013  |  
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Looking at Hollywood couples today, it’s clear that a lot of celebs tend to date outside of their own race. While interracial dating remains a widely discussed topic, it’s evident that it’s plenty acceptable on the red carpet. While some like ’em black and others like ’em white, there are some celebs who have been taken over by what is known as the Asian Persuasian. Here are 14 celebs who have dated or married Asian women.


Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage is married to Alice Kim, a woman who used to be a waitress at Kabuki, a restaurant in Los Angeles. The two have a son together, named Kal-El. While their relationship has had rocky moments, the two seem to be happy, despite their 20-year age difference.

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Wayne Brady

After divorcing his first wife in 1995, T.V. personality Wayne Brady married Mandie Taketa, who is a Japanese-American woman from Hawaii. Wayne and Mandie have a daughter named Maile. Despite having been married for almost 10 years, the couple divorced in 2007.

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Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle married Elaine in 2001 and today the couple is still going strong. They have three children together: two sons and a daughter. Despite having a strong marriage, Dave rarely talks about his wife or his kids, thus keeping his family life private.

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Shia Labeouf

Shia LeBeouf and stylist Karolyn Pho met in early 2011 when the two visited an L.A. karaoke club. After dating for nearly two years, the couple broke up and Shia LaBeouf quickly moved onto co-star Mia Goth. Rumor has it that Shia LeBeouf’s role in the movie Nymphomaniac, which involved real sex roles with Mia Goth, is was drove the relationship to an end.


Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes married his second wife Nakyung Park in 2003 after dating for three years. Nakyung Park was born in South Korea, which Wesley now deems as his second home. The couple has three sons and a daughter together.


Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook owner and Internet entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg married his long time girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in May 2012. The couple had been dating for nine years after meeting at Harvard. Despite his ever-growing bank accounts, Mark decided to get married in his backyard.


David Alan Grier

After divorcing his first wife in 1995, David Alan Grier married museum curator Christine Y. Kim in 2007. The couple have a daughter together, named Luisa, but have since gone their own separate ways. Divorce papers were filed by Christine in 2009 citing irreconcilable differences.


Hugh Grant

Asian Persuasian can hit in the heat of the night! Apparently Hugh Grant had a very short relationship with Chinese model Tinglan Hong and subsequently had an unexpected and unplanned daughter. Tinglan was 19 years younger than Hugh Grant and even though the baby nor relationship seemed to be planned, both mom and dad seem to be happy and have made efforts to live closer together for parenting reasons.

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Zach Helm

In 2003, Zach Helm and Lucy Liu began dating. The playright and actress seemed to be a good match and were quickly engaged in 2004. By the end of that year, the couple split and just a year later, Lucy found herself with Will McCormack. Neither have yet to marry anyone else.


John Lennon

John Lennon married Japanese peace activist Yoko Ono in 1969 and unlike many other males, decided to adopt her name and become John Ono Lennon. The couple met while John was still married to Cynthia but apparently the chemistry between them was too much to ignore. The couple remained married until Lennon’s death.


Owen Wilson

For the longest time, Owen Wilson’ had this mystery pregnant girlfriend who no one knew. It wasn’t until early 2011 that Jade Duell was identified as being Owen’s girlfriend. Jade stayed out of the public eye and has never made any red carpet appearances with him. The couple has a son together, but have ended their relationship amicably.

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Rupert Murdoch

Apparently third time is a charm for news mogul Rupert Murdoch. Rupert is married to Chinese-American Wendi Deng Murdoch, and the couple has been together for 12 years. They met at a company conference in 1997 and married two years later. Rupert and Wendi have two daughters together.

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Kevin James

Funny guy Kevin James is married to Steffiana de la Cruz and though her name sounds Latin, she is actually Filipino. Steffiana made a guest appearance on the show King of Queens in which Kevin James has a main role in, but the two didn’t meet until 2001 when they went on a blind date. They were married in 2004 and have three children.


James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini, better known as Tony Soprano, is married to Deborah Lin. The couple made their first red carpet appearance in March 2007. The actor and former model married in Hawaii in 2008 after dating for two years.

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  • Jayden Fong

    White I’m always happy to see interracial couples… I think it would have been better to have an article of many mixed types rather than focusing on something that might contribute to an asian fetish.

  • tukgada

    interracial dating is just a minority.

  • A Hot Asian Man

    All asian wnomen are sellout.See a lot of asian women only dated white men,a few or some is ok to me BUT too many just makes me sick to stomach.

  • Angyl

    For a website that is supposed to entertain it is incredibly racist. Wow

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  • iHeartMarijuana

    As expected, every single one of those women are from East Asia. Newsflash!!: West Asia is also a part of Asia and the people there are therefore Asian. I knew there would be no Arabs, Indians or middle eastern people on this list even though almost all of their countries are in Asia.

  • JolieMelodie

    ‘Funny guy Kevin James is married to Steffiana de la Cruz and though her name sounds Latin, she is actually Filipino.’

    Filipinos ARE latin and asian. The Philippines was colonized by New Spain (actual Mexico) in the 16th century, hence pinoys being mixed spaniards and asian, and having latin family names. Nothing out of the norm.

  • Danielle

    Not to sound like a jerk, but what do I care if a black man dates an Asian woman? As a black woman, I come to this site to read and discuss topics relevant to black women. Not to read about black men who have been dating women outside their race for the past couple centuries.

    • NativeNuYorker

      I agree WTH.

    • D Man

      I assume your comment also applies to the numerous articles on the site about black women dating white men? You don’t want to read those articles either then right?

    • D Man

      I assume your comment also applies to the numerous articles on the site about black women dating white men? You don’t want to read those articles either then right?