Name: Midori Francis
Home: Rumson, NJ
Currently living: In a two-bedroom apartment on the West Side of Los Angeles, where she moved last summer.
Claim to be famous: Miss Francis is an exotic Asian-American actress who has starred in HBO’s “College Girl Sex Life” and “Dash & Lily,” a youth series on Netflix. Present talk about representation did not overshadow her career. Next month, she will join the cast of “Grey’s Anatomy” for its 19th season on ABC, where she plays Mika, one of the newest residents of Grey-Sloan Memorial. “Network TV is a completely different beast,” she said. “Millions of people will watch.”
Big break: After graduating from Rutgers University in 2014, Ms. Francis pursued theater acting, getting a nod from Obie and Drama Desk in Off Broadway productions of “The Wolves” and “Usual Girls”. She then began playing guest roles in major movies and TV shows.
In 2019, she was offered her first leading role, opposite Austin Abrams, in “Dash & Lily.” The popular series was canceled after one season, but Ms. Francis was cast in “College Girl Sex Lives” where she played Alicia, a quirky campus activist. Her character resonated with the show’s LGBTQ audience. “I have been getting some really great messages from young people about what it feels like to be seen and represented,” she said.
Latest project: Earlier this year, Ms. Francis received word from her agent that “Grey’s Anatomy” was recruiting the next class of interns. A longtime fan of the show (she rarely missed an episode in middle school), she immediately asked to audition. “When you see these people on TV for so long, you think of them as their characters. “So when Meredith Gray shows you OR, it has a certain weight. You fall in line. “
Next thing: In addition to Season 2 of “Sex Lives”, she also starred in her first feature film, “Can not see“, a horror movie will be released next year in which she plays a blind woman trying to escape from her murderous ex-boyfriend in the woods. She enjoys doing many stunts. “I jumped in freezing water, climbed over mud, literally walls, and I loved it,” she said. “I couldn’t have been more in my element. “
Being seen: As one of the few exotic Asian actresses on network television, Ms. Francis knows how important her presence is. “Of course, I cannot represent everyone,” she said. “I can only hope and fight to play completely flesh-and-blood characters who are just as messy, playful, hurt, silly, and complicated as all real humans.”