In October, a mysterious Asian-American actress filed a $1 million lawsuit against Amazon for disclosing details about her real name and age on the Internet Movie Database. Court documents once identified her only as Jane Doe, but she outed herself Friday, and it turns out she might been better off suing her agent for the roles she has been getting in movies like Gingerbread Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver.
Her claim, then as now, is that Amazon used confidential information obtained through the billing process and cross-checked through public records to update her IMDb profile against her wishes with details that she had strong financial interest in keeping secret. Specifically, she feared that once casting directors learned she is the ripe old age of 40, she'd continually get passed over for the chance to play younger characters.
Hoang is not the Gingerbread Man
In court documents, Hoang's attorney John Dozier calls IMDb, "a very handy resume tool for employers in the film and television industry," and says his client was hired several times after she first registered on the site in 2003. But when things turned sour when she upgraded to the "pro" subscription in 2008, and her true age and name were revealed.
"Lesser-known 40-year-old actresses are not in demand in the entertainment business," Dozier writes, adding that Hoang's Vietnamese name is "extremely difficult for Americans to spell and pronounce, and is generally not conducive to obtaining employment in the United States and particularly the entertainment industry."
Hoang claims her career has been irreparably damaged by the age/name flap, but a look at her resume on IMBb suggests she probably wasn't destined for stardom regardless. She appeared in five films last year. In addition to Gingerbread Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver -- the third installment of a Gary Busey trilogy, in which "an evil yet adorable gingerbread man comes to life with the soul of a convicted killer" -- she played bit parts in such gems as 1000 Ways to Die, and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant.