Hollywood MagazineApril 4, 2007
Carrie Ann Inaba has a
to-do list as long as her remarkable and varied career
as a dancer, pop star, choreographer, actress and
Hollywood producer, and most recently as a judge on
the hit show “Dancing with the Stars”.
This Hawaiian beauty has an endless curiosity about
life, with abundant self confidence culled from success
in every area that she has committed herself.
After winning a talent show as a teenager, her first
bold career move was to move from her beloved native
Hawaii to Japan to be groomed as a pop star. She had
to learn the language and culture, sing the Japanese
lyrics phonetically, and bear all the pressure of
recording and performing for a demanding public.
Carrie Ann decided the pop artist life was not her
path, so she entered U.C.L.A where she studied choreography
and graduated cum laude with a degree in World Arts
& Culture. While in college she landed a role
as a Fly Girl on the hit variety show “In Living
Color”, the same show that spawned the career
of Jim Carey, Jamie Fox, Damon Wayans, and fellow
Fly Girl Jennifer Lopez.
From there her Hollywood career took off. Madonna
brought her on as a dancer on her “Girl Show
World Tour”, and when she asked Carrie Ann to
shave her head, she hardly thought twice. Carrie Ann
pushed the envelope when she co-choreographed and
performed the famous topless erotic pole dance. She
also toured with Ricky Martin on his World Tour in
1999 and danced in his music video “Shake your
Fish Films L.L.C., was founded in 2006, Monty
Fisher creates, developes and produces screenplays.
As an actress,
Carrie Ann has appeared in many hit movies. She costarred
as ‘Fook Yu’, a pig-tailed Japanese schoolgirl
cooing over Mike Meyers with her twin ‘Fook
Mi” in “Austin Powers: Goldmember”;
and before that she appeared as ‘Felicity Dancer’
in “Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me”.
She also appeared in “American Virgin”
and “Monster Mash”. As a dancer, she was
featured in “Boys and Girls”, “Flintstones
II”, “Showgirls” and “Lord
Carrie Ann is also one of the most sought after choreographers
in Hollywood. Her television credits include “American
Idol”, “So You Think You Can Dance”,
“American Juniors”, “The TV Land
Awards”, “The Swan”, “Starting
Over”, “Dance Fever” and the “Miss
In December 2006, Carrie Ann became the director of
the first “Dancing with the Stars” live
stage show. This arena tour visited 38 cities and
was one of the most successful arena tours to date.
Currently Carrie Ann appears twice weekly as one of
the three judges on “Dancing With The Stars”.
She has gained the reputation as the honest, fearless
“tell it like it is” judge on this hit
show. “It is a joy to see the professionalism
and dedication of all the dancers, but it is my obligation
to judge each performance with a critical eye,”
As president of her own company “EnterMediArts”
Carrie Ann writes, directs and edits digital documentaries
and films. She recently produced and hosted a travel
DVD “Tokyology”, a light hearted look
at Tokyo, narrated in Japanese and English. Her “to-do
list” includes creating a Vegas show, performing
on Broadway, acting in a martial arts film, and producing
educational videos to benefit children based on arts
One of the hardest working women in Hollywood, Carrie
Ann is still a free spirit. “I just go where
life takes me. I’m very curious about life.
And if something sparks my interest and I get some
resonating feeling inside about it, I just go with
it.” And it is her amazing grace under the relentless
fire of Hollywood that has made Carrie Ann Inaba the
amazing star that she is.