Lana Therese Condor is a Vietnamese-American actress. She made her film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), portraying Jubilation Lee / Jubilee. Condor was born in Can Tho, Vietnam and was adopted by her parents, Mary Carol (Haubold) and journalist Robert Condor, as an infant. Her non-biological brother, Arthur, was adopted with her.
Condor spent her early years in the Chicago area. By six years old, her family had settled in Washington State, where Condor took her first dance class. She went on to dance at the Rock School of Dance Education and the Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle. At 13 years old, Condor and her family moved to New York City and while there, she continued her classical ballet training, dancing at multiple prestigious academies including the Joffrey School of Classical Ballet, the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
While living in New York, Condor’s parents encouraged her to try acting when they saw a natural ability in their daughter. She took her first acting class during her freshman year of high school, and studied for a summer at the New York Film Academy. Condor and her family then moved to Los Angeles for her sophomore year of high school, where she auditioned and landed a coveted spot in the Los Angeles Ballet. She joined the theatre department at her all-girls Catholic school, the Notre Dame Academy, and also studied at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors. During her senior year, she went out on her first handful of professional auditions and landed her role in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).