Who voices Turning Red's Mei Lee, the teen that transforms into a panda?

Yasmine Leung November 17, 2021
Who voices Turning Red’s Mei Lee, the teen that transforms into a panda?

Pixar’s upcoming animated film, Turning Red, centres around the life of Mei Lee, a teen girl with the ability to transform into a red panda whenever she is stressed or excited.

Due to be in theatres 11 March 2022, Turning Red follows the experience of Meilin ‘Mei’ Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese-American girl trying to navigate her teen life.

As an overachiever, she’s balancing her studies, extracurricular activities, and being a respectful daughter. Oh, and her love of 4*Town, Pixar’s first ever boy band.

Set in the 2000s, a boy band is a must, which is why Billie Eilish and her brother FINNEAS have been brought on to create a killer soundtrack for them.

Mei Lee is voiced by Rosalie Chiang, while her on-screen mother is Sandra Oh.

Here’s everything we know about the newcomer.

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Meet Rosalie Chiang, Turning Red’s Mei Lee

Rosalie was born on 2 October 2005 in Bay Area, California, making her currently 16 years old.

She is Chinese-American and her mother is called Rachael.

Rosalie’s role in Turning Red has been four years in the making, so she landed the huge part when she first started getting into voice acting.

She started training in 2017 when she was 12 with Tony Gonzalez, a kids voiceover coach who’s taught the likes of Debby Ryan and Tiffany Espensen (Cindy from Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Although her initial dream was on-screen, she now prefers voice acting since it requires less focus on facial expressions.

She claims her first acting job was the lead in Soiled, a film by USC masters student Lareina J. Wong.

However, Rosalie has credits in Clique Wars as Ashley in 2017, and The Interns in 2018.

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Fans are excited for the incoming red panda

Turning Red marks Pixar’s first full-length film revolving around an Asian protagonist and their culture.

Directed by Domee Shi, the mastermind behind Oscar-winning short Bao, the movie marks Pixar’s first project directed solely by a female, as well as a woman of colour.

Fans are loving the throwback to the 2000s; if the trailer’s any hint, there’s going to be more iconic boy band songs mixed in there.

Yes, we want more NSYNC.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.