About Me

June 27, 2013

chilan8Growing up in Alhambra, California, Chi-Lan Lieu began her love affair with television and technology the day her father made them the first on the block to have a home karaoke machine. Being an early adopter inspired Chi-Lan to begin her career in television as a producer then tech reporter at TechTV from 2001-2004. Taking the intimidation out of tech had Chi-Lan host shows that included “I Want That! Tech Toys”, “The Screen Savers”, “Fresh Gear” and Spike.com’s CES Special. But tech was just the gateway for this woman’s love affair with television work…

Chi-Lan currently hosts a new HGTV series, “LIVING ABROAD” where she chronicles the experiences, culture shocks, and life lessons of American families living in foreign countries. When not discovering new cultures and foods, Chi-Lan prides herself on being a tech aficionado, motion gaming expert and all around ruckus rouser. She makes regular appearances on CBS’s hit daytime show, THE TALK as the tech and lifestyle expert. When the Hollywood itch starts up, she produces, writes and hosts entertainment stories for K-ABC’s ON THE RED CARPET, and webisodes/reviews and blogs for GameTrailers.com. Her other television credits include CW NOW (The CW), EXTRA (NBC), FACT OR FAKED: PARANORMAL FILES (SyFy), THE ROSE PARADE (HGTV), DESIGNED TO SELL (HGTV), THE BIG TEASE (Reelz Channel), MTV OVERDRIVE, YAHOO! GAMES and HOLLYWOOD 411 (TV Guide). In her spare time, Chi-Lan enjoys photography and hiking with her dogs.

Host Experience


  • Living Abroad – HGTV
  • Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files- SyFy
  • Designed To Sell: Atlanta – HGTV
  • On The Red Carpet – K-ABC
  • CW NOW – CW
  • GT Motion – Gametrailers.com
  • I Want That! Tech Toys – HGTV
  • The Big Tease – Reelz Channel
  • MTV Overdrive
  • Intel Retail Edge Industrials
  • The Making of Rose Parade 2008 – HGTV
  • CES Special – HGTV
  • RV 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 – HGTV
  • RV Road Home – HGTV
  • Outdoor Living Expo Special – HGTV
  • Dailies – Reelz Channel
  • Yahoo! Videogames
  • MobiTV Fest – MobiFest
  • Universal Pictures Generics
  • TV Guide Channel News
  • Fresh Gear – TechTV

Film/Television – Role



  • Big Time Rush – Co-Star, “Jessica”
  • BRUNO – EPK “Corinna”
  • ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ National TV ads – Co-Star “Laura”
  • Mind of Mencia with Carlos Mencia – “World’s Only Unemployed Asian”
  • X-Play – G4 – Guest Star “O-Renshi-I”
  • Unscrewed with Martin Sargent – G4 – Various Recurring roles
  • Tech Elf Christmas – TechTV – Co-Star “Cheryl”
  • Dangerous Minds – Jerry Bruckheimer Films – “Pamela, Student”
  • Higher Learning – Columbia Pictures – “Elise, Student”

Live / Talk Show


  • The Talk – CBS Lifestyle / Gadget Expert
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show – NBC Gadget Expert
  • The View – ABC Gadget Expert
  • Rose Parade 2008, 2009, 2010 – HGTV Co-Host
  • The Screen Savers – G4 Co-Host
  • E! Entertainment’s Contributor/Gadget Expert
  • ‘Countdown to the Red Carpet’

Skills and Languages

  • STUFF Magazine columnist.
  • Self-produced and wrote news magazine segments.
  • Improvisation.
  • Teleprompter reading.
  • Knowledgeable with gadgets and games.
  • Can speak fluent Hakka, conversational Mandarin and Cantonese.


  • Photography
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Grandmothers
  • Travel
  • Ikebana flower arranging
  • Hiking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Arithmetic

Education and Training

  • Intensive Acting – Howard Fine
  • Scene Study – Sal Romeo
  • The Second City – Improv for Actors – David Razowsky
  • The Second City – Musical Improv – Michael Pollock
  • Commercial Acting – Stuart K. Robinson
  • Scene Study – Robin G. Brown
  • B.A. Scripps College, Cum Laude Graduate, Double Major: Media Studies and Studio Art
  • UC Berkeley Extension, Brand Management

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  • Reply Bruce Summers November 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    to me you are great and lovely to look at and smart

  • Reply Kyle Hurley August 4, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I love you Chi-lan. I just spotted you on Big TIme Rush. You are so cute. Will you marry me?

  • Reply David Baldwin August 26, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I love the programs that you have been involved with, I truly think that your awesome!!!

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