Early life and career
Lee is of Thai, Cambodian and Chinese heritage. She was born into a family of Cambodian refugees.  Her parents moved from Thailand to the Philippines before finally settling down in Orange County, California . She joined the U.S. Navy at age 18 but left soon after due to sexuality-based harassment to pursue a career as a drag entertainer and make-up artist .  She worked as a make-up artist for Hollywood actresses and music video sets.  After beginning to transition , she left her job as a make-up artist due to fear of transphobic discrimination and began work as an assistant on pornography sets. She then worked as a casting director on adult films until she took the place of a woman who did not show up and began her career as an actor in adult films. She has twice been nominated for an AVN Award for her work in transsexual pornography .
She made her way into mainstream roles with special appearances on various TV shows, including The Maury Povich Show and The Tyra Banks Show . Additionally, she has acted in a few non-pornographic films, such as the 2011 horror film Red Ice and the 2011 comedy The Hangover Part II .