Michelle LaMichelle La (neé Kang) was born in Orange County and raised in Glendale, California.

A few years ago, La began earnestly pursuing an acting career and has held roles in CBS’s Mom and Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival. Searching, which made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, is La’s first feature film role, where she plays missing daughter Margot Kim.

Michelle attended Biola University and studied biochemistry, pursuing a career working at a lab for the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts. The job involved testing treated wastewater before it was discharged into the ocean, though she more fondly remembers the gig as “analyzing poop water.”

She’s married to Frank, a specialty coffee professional, and loves her new puppy Maple, a cream-colored stinkball full of love.