|Carrie Ann Inaba Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||January 5, 1968|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Carrie Ann Inaba is an American dancer, TV show host, choreographer, actress, and singer, best known for being a co-host in The Talk CBS Daytime show since 2017, as well as being a judge on Dancing with the Stars since 2005. She also hosted 1 vs. 100, a game TV show, from 2010 to 2011. She has had multiple roles as a dancer in movies such as Lord of Illusions (1995), Showgirls (1995), Monster Mash: The Movie (1995), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999), and once again in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as an identical twin Fook Yu, alongside Diane Mizota. As a singer, she won talent shows in Hawaii and Japan and was groomed to be a pop star in Japan, but later focused her career elsewhere. Carrie’s dancing career was marked by being a part of Fly Girls, a backup dancers group for the TV series In Living Color (1990-1992), and her appearance on Prince‘s Glam Slam music video, as well as on Madonna’s Girlie Show World Tour in 1993.
Carrie Ann Inaba
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
She graduated from the Punahou School located in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States in 1986.
Carrie then attended Sophia International University in Tokyo, Japan in 1988, and then enrolled in the University of California, Irvine, in the United States, but didn’t graduate from either one.
Then, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in world arts and cultures in 2002.
Dancer, TV Host, Choreographer, Actress, Singer
- Father – Rodney Y. Inaba (Deceased, 2013)
- Mother – Patty (Chu) Inaba
Carrie Ann Inaba is represented by –
- EnterMediArts Inc.
- Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
- Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein (Legal Representative)
5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Carrie has dated –
- Jason Scott Lee (1994) – She dated the American actor in 1994, but their relationship was short-lived and they broke up the same year.
- Robert McAtee (2004) – Carrie met and dated the American actor Robert McAtee for a year in 2004.
- Artem Chigvintsev (2006-2008) – She jokingly said that she was a cougar, and liked younger men, which has proven true as she dated the 14-year younger Russian dancer for 2 years. The pair met on the set of a TV show So You Think You Can Dance.
- Jesse Sloan (2009-2012) – Carrie met the American accountant Jesse Sloan on a dating site eHarmony in 2009. On March 31, 2011, during the episode of Live with Regis and Kelly, the host, Regis Philbin answered a letter that asked for proposing tips, after which the lights dimmed and Jesse showed up and bent on one knee as the sound of the violin played in the background. He asked for Carrie’s hand, and she excitedly said yes. Their wedding was scheduled for the summer, but in September 2012, the couple’s representative said that the engagement was called off and they broke up.
- Robb Derringer (2016-2017) – The pair got engaged only 9 months after they started dating. She said in an interview that her first date with Robb was a date she dreamed of when she was a young girl. It was if he knew exactly what she wanted to experience, and they even talked of marriage, future, and destiny. However, in September 2017, the pair broke up without further details as to why.
Race / Ethnicity
Multiracial (Asian, White)
She is of Japanese, Chinese, and Irish ancestry.
- Mole above the left lip
- Hourglass-shaped figure
Carrie has endorsed brands and charities such as –
- Nail & Bone nail polishes she made in collaboration with Animal Projects to raise funds for animals in shelters
- GetIronInformed, a website about Iron Deficiency Anemia (IDA), a condition caused by low iron levels in the blood, which is something she suffered herself
- Healing Hands for Arthritis, as she suffers from arthritis
- AT&T Asian campaign
- Motorola commercial
- Sheer Cover Makeup (2007, 2008)
- Ice Elements skincare system (2010)
- Complexion Perfection anti-aging serum by Kate Somerville (2013)
- Entertainment Industry Foundation’s iParticipate campaign
- Dizzy Feet Foundation
- EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women
- Humane Society of the United States and PETA
Best Known For
- Being a co-host of The Talk TV daytime talk show on CBS since 2017
- Being a judge in both Dancings with the Stars TV show, as well as USA Dance National DanceSport Championships in 2009
- Starring in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) as Fook Yu
- Doing choreography for Married by America (2003), So You Think You Can Dance (2005), and America’s Got Talent TV competition series in 2006
- Being a part of Fly Girls dancing group on In Living Color from (1990-1992) sketch comedy series on Fox
As a Singer
During the time she lived in Tokyo, Japan (1986-1988), she released 3 singles – Be Your Girl, Party Girl, and Yume no Senaka.
Her first theatrical appearance was in a mystery thriller Lord of Illusions in 1995, as a Dancer.
First TV Show
She made her first TV show appearance on the TV series, In Living Color as a part of Fly Girls backup dancer group in 1990.
She has struggled with neck and spine pain since she was around 8 years old, due to an injury. Later in life, Carrie was diagnosed with spinal stenosis as a result of repetitive injuries and had to stop working out for a while.
She slowly got back into training with a personal trainer throughout the years, at a slower pace, and now enjoys doing yoga and aerobics, as well as boxing and martial arts at a lighter intensity to stay in shape without hurting herself.
Carrie Ann Inaba Favorite Things
- Activity – Blogging, Dancing, Reading, Writing, Yoga, Hiking
- Color – Pink
- Dance – Rumba
Carrie Ann Inaba Facts
- She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.
- Carrie loved dancing from an early age and used to dance in her backyard that had a view of the Pacific Ocean. She had her first dance instructions when she was 3 years old, in a creative movement class.
- Carrie initially wanted to be a singer in Japan but realized that the industry groomed the way singers looked to fit a certain mold, instead of nurturing their artistic freedom. So, she moved to the United States in 1988.
- She was asked to shave her hair in order to be a solo dancer at Madonna‘s Girlie Show World Tour in 1993. She accepted as she deemed it was worth the exposure.
- After a notable appearance as a co-host of The Talk since 2017, she officially replaced Julie Chen as an official co-host on January 2, 2019. Carrie had the chance to host celebrities such as Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Kobe Bryant, Matt LeBlanc, Gwen Stefani, and others.
- She had roles of a dancer for the most part, in Monster Mash: The Movie (1995), Showgirls (1995), Boys and Girls (2000), Flintstones II (2000), Freak (1999), and Live Virgin (1999), as well as TV series Jack & Jill (1999) and Nikki (2000-2001).
- Her appearance on Hannah Montana in 2009 in an episode named Papa’s Got a Brand New Friend wasn’t as prominent at the time but was later recognized.
- She appeared on a talk show The View (2006-2015) as well as a talent competition on ABC named Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann in 2008.
- Carrie has had up to 7 or more animals at a time as part of her extended furry family, as she called them. In 2018, she had dogs Buddy, Lola, and Peanut and cats Mimi and Bubble. Back in 2005, she had 3 cats named Shadow, Squeaker, and Taz.
- Her choreography was featured in a wide variety of TV show formats such as American Idol, He’s a Lady, In Search of the Partridge Family, Married by America, So You Think You Can Dance, The Swan, Miss America Pageant, and others.
- Carrie is the founder and president of EnterMediArts, Inc., a company that directs, writes, edits, and produces films. She was behind Black Water, a short feature film, as well as the 7th Festival of the Pacific Arts, Beyond the Dancing Image, and others.
- Carrie launched her own foundation named Carrie Ann Animal Foundation in 2012 which supports adopting and providing foster homes to animals.
- She was legally blind for a long time and only publicly stated that in 2011. Carrie has a vision of 20/750 that she has to correct with contacts and eyeglasses. She had a chance to do LASIK (Laser-assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) correction surgery but claimed blurry vision in the morning gave her time to prepare to deal with the world for that day.
- Carrie suffers from Sjogren’s Syndrome. It’s a chronic disease that destroys moisture-producing glands and has no known cure. It is characterized by painful flare-ups that she experiences from time to time, judging by her social media.
- Her mother, Patty, suffered from cancer in 2008. After that, Carrie decided to support the iParticipate campaign, as well as Drea’s Dream, both initiatives for children with cancer that promote dancing and other activities during treatment and therapy.
- Carrie was a producer at a theater play on Broadway named Burn the Floor at Longacre Theatre in New York. The play had been successfully running since 1997 and ended in 2010.
- In May 2018, she spoke of the s*xual assault she went through as a young girl, where her martial arts teacher acted inappropriately towards her. She was forced to wear baggy and unattractive clothes in an effort to prevent it from happening again.
- She isn’t pro-gun, as her dad was shot in a bar after an altercation, and nearly lost his life.
- Bruno Tonioli, an American choreographer, dancer, and presenter is her close friend, and she considers him a brother.
- For Halloween 2020, Carrie had dressed as Willy Wonka from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to appear on the show The Talk.
- In December 2020, it was revealed that she had been tested positive for coronavirus.
Featured Image by Carrie Ann Inaba / Instagram