Anna Akana

Anna Akana

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Anna Akana is an actor, dancer, singer-songwriter, filmmaker, producer, author, and comedian from the United States. Anna Akana is also a co-host of the ‘Explain Things to Me’ podcast.

Early Life

Anna Kay Napualani Akana is her full name. She was born on August 18, 1989, and as of 2020, she will be 31 years old. Anna was born in the state of California, and her zodiac sign is Leo. She was also born to William Akana, a United States Marine Corps officer, and his wife, Mia Akana. As a result, she has a Japanese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Irish, German, Spanish, French, and 56 percent English ancestry.

As a result of her father’s career, the family relocated frequently, giving her the opportunity to study a variety of languages. Furthermore, she aspired to be a veterinarian as a child because she adores animals. Her brother, Will, has also contributed to a number of her videos. She adores all animals, but particularly cats! She is the proud “mother” of six felines. As a result, Lily, Jimmy, Abby, Congress, Ghost, and Beetle are the names of her cats.

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Kristina, Akana’s 13-year-old sister, committed herself on February 14, 2007. She ceased laughing totally after her death. Anna only started laughing again after watching a comedy event, demonstrating the healing power of comedy. She has now abandoned her ambitions to become a veterinarian in favor of pursuing a career as a comedian.

She has spoken out about her sister’s tragedy and is an outspoken proponent of suicide prevention. In 2013, Akana posted a YouTube video called “please don’t kill yourself,” in which she describes how it feels to lose a family member to suicide. Similarly, she published ‘Surviving Suicide’ in the same year, which features her journal entries from the two years following her sister’s death.


At the age of 19, Anna Akana began performing stand-up comedy. She did, however, suffer from panic attacks and nervousness before stepping on stage, forcing her to stop performing live. She launched her own YouTube channel and began uploading her videos around this period. Her amusing videos quickly gained popularity, and she was soon a well-known online celebrity.

She had regained her confidence and began doing live performances on stage at this point. Anna also dabbled in acting in the early 2010s, appearing in minor roles on episodes including ‘Awkward,’ ‘Shake It Up,’ and ‘The Fosters.’ She made her cinematic debut in 2013 with a small role in ‘Inappropriate Comedy,’ followed by supporting roles in ‘Kids versus Monsters,’ ‘Dirty 30,’ and ‘You Get Me,’ among others (2017).

She also had a recurring part in ‘Oscar’s Hotel for Fantastical Creatures,’ a 2015 web series. In addition, she has a recurring part on Comedy Central’s ‘Corporate.’ In the Disney Channel show ‘Big City Greens,’ Akana plays Gloria on a regular basis. Her work in the web series ‘Youth & Consequences’ earned her a Streamy Award in 2019.

She also revealed that she would appear in the Netflix original ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ in 2019 on Ryan Higa’s ‘Off the Pill’ podcast. She also broadcasts the podcast ‘Explain Things to Me,’ which she co-hosts with fellow comic Brad Gage and in which the two question professionals in various professions about their work. Akana makes both comedic and documentary videos for YouTube.

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In addition, she was placed #72 on ‘New Media Rockstars’ Top 100 Channels in 2014. On October 10, 2019, she was featured in a 30-minute YouTube documentary. It was made by SoulPancake in partnership with Funny or Die, and it is called ‘Laughing Matters,’ and it has a range of comedians discussing mental health.

Other Ventures

‘So Much I Want to Tell You: Letters to My Little Sister,’ written by Akana, was released in 2017. Akana’s hardships and experiences as she grew up are also described in the book, as well as advice to her late sister. Akana also released her debut single, “Intervention,” in 2019. Auden Bui directed the music video for it.

She has subsequently produced two more music videos, one in July 2019 for “Pretty Girls Don’t Cry” and the other in August for “Not My Proudest Moment.” She continues to release music videos for “Alone Together,” “Disappointment,” and “Let Me Go,” among other tracks. Casualty, her debut album, was released in October.

She has a clothing brand called Ghost & Stars, which contains various cat-themed designs as well as a variety of other apparel, in addition to being a YouTuber and actress. At the San Diego Asian Film Festival in 2014, she received the Digital Pioneer award.

Personal Life

Ray William Johnson has already been related to Anna. She revealed that they were no longer dating on her Facebook page in July 2014. Ray later stated that they had called their quits in May of 2014.

In 2014, she began dating comedian Brad Gage after their breakup. However, they split up in the first few months of 2017. She came out as bisexual in October 2018 after dating a few men. Anna, however, possibly single and not dating anyone at the moment. She has kept both her personal and professional lives in good order.

Body Measurements

This charismatic individual stands 5 feet 1 inch tall. She is also around 45 kilograms in weight. Anna also has dark brown eyes and black hair that is long and smooth. She has a confident and endearing demeanor. Anna has a fair complexion that enhances her attractiveness.

Social Media and Net Worth

Her YouTube channel, which she created herself, has over 2.7 million subscribers. Anna’s Twitter account currently has 188.9K followers. Her Instagram account, ‘@annaakana,’ has over 485K followers as well. Her official Facebook profile now has more than 743K likes.

As of August 2020, her net worth is estimated to be over $800,000. Her profession may have brought her a large sum of money.