Katie Chang plays The Bling Ring's teen-gang leader

Katie Chang plays The Bling Ring's teen-gang leader


She once dreamed of being a fashion designer. But acting tipped the scales for this Illinois native, who's one-quarter Korean.



In the news in May, when she made her debut at Cannes Film Festival, sharing the limelight with her The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola and co-star Emma Watson.

The Bling Ring opens here on Thursday.



There's certainly something about this pretty 18-year-old that caught Coppola's eyes. In her audition tape, Chang rattled on about dinosaurs and her love for palaeontology - and she was asked to meet Coppola.

Three months later, she found herself in her first lead role.

There's substance behind the pretty face too. Chang trained for five years at her hometown Actors Training Center, honing her techniques. She's also a brainiac of sorts, having been accepted into Ivy league college Columbia University in New York City to study creative writing.

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