Hana Mae Lee is an American actress, model, comedian, and fashion designer. She is best known for playing Lilly Okanakurama in the 2012 film Pitch Perfect and its sequel Pitch Perfect 2. She also owns her own fashion line titled Hanamahn. Hana Mae began performing stand-up comedy in 2009. Her comedy sets are known to be fierce, avant- guard and ballsy.
Lee, who is of Korean ancestry, was born in Southern California, and graduated from Granada Hills Charter High School. She attended Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, from where she received her BFA. Having worked with mentors for Sean John, GamePro, La Blanca, Rozae Nichols, Hana Mae went on to design for Harley Davidson, Juicy Couture, Mossimo. She then began her own jewelry line in 2009; Hanamahn (“just one” in Korean). And in 2010 Hana Mae expanded into apparel and outerwear.
Hana Mae Lee began her career modeling and doing commercials from the age of 16. Booking over four dozen national campaigns, Lee has appeared in campaigns for Honda, Jeep, Apple Inc., Nokia, Sebastian, American Express, HP, Cherry Coke, Midori and has shot with some of the worlds top photographers such as Ellen Von Unwerth. She has appeared in the magazines TIME, SOMA, Elle, and Teen Vogue.
She made her TV debut in 2011 in an episode of Mike & Molly, starring Melissa McCarthy, followed by an appearance on Workaholics. She appeared as Lilly Okanakamura in Pitch Perfect, for which she was nominated for a “scene stealer” award at the Teen Choice Awards in 2013. Lee reprised her role in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).
Facts of Hana Mae Lee
- 1. She speaks fluent Korean.
2. She once starred in an ad campaign with Kim Kardashian.
3. She has a design degree.
4. And she’s designed clothing for Juicy Couture and Mossimo.
5. She has her own clothing line.
6. Her dad wanted her to be in the FBI.
7. She originally auditioned for the role of Stacie in Pitch Perfect (and performed a Korean folk song at her audition).
8. She’s trained in hip-hop and modern dance.
9. Her nickname growing up was “Fish Lips.”