In addition to starring in Sullivan & Son, the beautiful and talented award-winning actress and filmmaker, Jodi Long, can be seen later this year in A Picture of You, a heartfelt drama centered around estranged siblings who travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother (Long). Also a filmmaker, Long wrote and co-produced the short documentary "Long Story Short," her personal family story of sacrifices and perseverance which tells the tale of her vaudevillian parents "Larry and Trudie," a popular Asian husband-and-wife nightclub act of the ‘40s and ‘50s living in America (http://www.longstoryshortdocumentary.com). Directed by Academy Award® nominee Christine Choy, the documentary went on to play numerous film festivals including the Hawaii International Film Festival and won the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival's Audience Award for Best Documentary. "Long Story Short"was also voted one of the top ten documentaries by UCLA's Asia Institute. Additionally, Long will also reprise her one-woman play, Surfing DNA, in which she opens up her biological journey growing up with vaudevillian parents at the Working Stage Theatre in West Hollywood in Summer of 2013. Surfing DNA garnered an Ovation nomination for Best Solo Performance when it played at East West Players in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in New York, Long studied acting at Purchase College (SUNY) where she received her BFA. Long embarked on her illustrious theater career as she made her first theater debut at the age of seven in the notable Broadway play Nowhere to Go But Up, directed by Sidney Lumet, and since then has performed in several Broadway productions: Loose Ends, The Bacchae, Getting Away with Murder and the recent revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song, in which she garnered an Ovation Award at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Long has performed in several off-Broadway productions, including Wendy Wasserstein's Old Money, Red and The Wash and David Henry Hwang's Golden Child, Family Devotions and The Tooth of Crimes. Long has also performed in the world tour of Phillip Glass and David Henry Hwang's 90-minute solo piece 1000 Airplanes on a Roof.
Long's television credits include co-starring with Valerie Bertinelli in Café American; playing Margaret Cho's mother in All American Girl; playing Alicia Silverstone's secretary in Miss Match; and appearing in recurring roles on The Cosby Show, Michael Hayes, Eli Stone and Law & Order: LA. Among her most notable roles are Patty, the power lesbian in HBO's hit series Sex & and the City and the enthusiastic, yet socially inept Korean mother known for her hilarious line, "Ling Ling! You forgot your bling bling!" in The Hot Chick. Long has also been featured in several films, including Beginners, with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, as well as Patty Hearst, Striking Distance and Rollover.
In her rare free time, Long enjoys cooking and eating healthy (Long is a vegetarian). She regularly practices the art of Kundalini Yoga known as the "yoga of awareness" in which she is a certified trainer. Long also is a huge animal lover and loves spending time with her dog, Bodhi, and cat, Sita Tarra. She serves as a board member on the Board of Hollywood Orchard, a non-profit organization that deals in education, sustainability and harvesting a virtual orchard in Beachwood Canyon in Hollywood donating fresh fruit to those in need. She also serves on the board of the President Counsel of the Arts Board at her alma mater SUNY and is also a member of the National Committee of the Screen Actors Guild.