Brittany Ishibashi is known for playing the villainous Tina Minoru in Marvel’s hit show “Runaways” on Hulu, and as Tamiko Masuda on CBS’ “Hawaii Five- 0.” She played another iconic villain, Karai, in Paramount’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows,” a sequel to the summer 2014 blockbuster. Most recently, she has been seen recurring on CBS’ “The Unicorn” and Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.”
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Ishibashi was raised in a home filled with the arts. Her father, a concert promoter and musician, and mother, a singer, saw their daughter’s love for performing and encouraged her to try her hand in many facets of the entertainment world. Ishibashi discovered her passion for musical theater at a young age, and went on to be a triple threat, excelling in dance, music and acting. She continued her formal education at UCLA’s prestigious school of Theater, Film and Television, while building her acting resume outside of class. Her first big break came right after she graduated from high school, being cast by J.J. Abrams on the hit show “Felicity.”
Ishibashi has gone on to work consistently over the years with recurring and guest star roles on numerous television series including “This Is Us,” “The Office,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “House M.D.,” “The Mentalist,” “Emily Owens M.D.,” “Bones,” “Castle,” “Major Crimes,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Young & Hungry” and “Supernatural.” After an exciting debut at Comic-Con, she reprised her role as Maggie Zeddmore in the “Supernatural” spinoff “Ghostfacers,” which has developed a worldwide fan base. However, Ishibashi might be best known for her role as Anne Ogami on USA Network’s Golden Globe and Emmy nominated series “Political Animals.” She was a scene stealer as the bright, beautiful interior designer whose distress is quietly mounting, as the pressures of life in a family of political animals begin to take their toll. On the film and multimedia front Ishibashi has worked on nearly two dozen projects, some of which were under the direction of Joan Scheckel, Robert Redford and Danny DeVito.
Aside from working in front of the camera, Ishibashi has a passion for producing innovative, engaging content. She launched her production company, Mana Moments, in 2015, which focuses on comedic, female driven content.
When she’s not on set, Ishibashi can be found training in Tae Kwon Do, in which she holds a black belt. She also loves to spend time with her family, she currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Jeff and their children, Kai, Lilia and Makena.