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I grew up never seeing myself on-screen, and it's really important to me to give people who look like me a chance to see themselves. I want to see myself as the hero of any story. I want to see myself save the world from the bomb.
In many Asian households, to not go on to higher education, that's like a big no-no. I know my parents' discouragement was for my own protection, and I'm really close to them now, but they didn't understand that there is value in this. That's because they didn't know.
And on a Canadian set, everybody is equal.You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food.
As a working actor, all I want to do is work. That's it. It's terrifying when you don't work. It's very hard when you don't work. There have been times when I've been out of work for like six months. I feel theatre to me is like manna.
A lot of things that I can't get into the room for, even just to be seen, is because they're just saying 'No. they're not casting non-white.' You're lumped into a category with people who are just not white.
I equate fame towards people who know your work, people who will see your work. But all that stuff, like with the Genies and stuff like that, it was so much fun. It's so much fun and it's nice when it comes, but that's not what it's all about.
Becoming an actor? If it's not a calling, don't do it. It's too hard.
On a Canadian set, everybody is equal. You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food.
I always think it would be so nice to go to the beach and sit and write in my journal, but it never happens
You just don't care about what people think. But it's hard to do because people tell you what they think all the time. It's sort of nuts. We actors, we're a fragile bunch, and yet we need to be strong because 90% of our lives is rejection. You have to figure out what really is important.
The relationship between Cristina and Burke has really grown. It's nice to see a woman who can't commit and who is emotionally stunted, because there's a lot of us who are.
I don't think I'd be a very good doctor. I have a more scattered personality. I also have a personality that's emotionally involved - that's my job (as an actor), you know what I mean? I think I might be too involved with what happens.
I think all women should learn how to strip. It's a really healthy, extremely challenging thing to do.
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