Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it. Just stand there trembling, not moving. Assuming the worst that can happen. Or we step forward into the unknown, and assume it will be brilliant.
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.
I think all women should learn how to strip. It's a really healthy, extremely challenging thing to do.
I'm not a slave to fashion; I'm into exercising my individuality.
Hollywood likes to put actors in boxes, and it likes to put Asian actors in really small boxes.
Becoming an actor? If it's not a calling, don't do it. It's too hard.
Being present is the actor’s job. Being aware of your body, in space, and the emotions that are occurring inside, is essential. Well, quite simply, the more aware one is-of yourself, of your surroundings, of other people-the more likely you are to respond truthfully.
With small breasts, you don't have to wear a bra with dresses that have some support. It feels sexy without one.
We actors, we're a fragile bunch, and yet we need to be strong because 90% of our lives is rejection.
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.
People ask me what I'm writing. They think I'm Sandra Tsing Loh. Or they ask about stand-up. 'No, that's Margaret Cho.' I really think there is this kind of glomming, that they think we are somehow all the same person.
Wherever Koreans are, they set up a church.
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.
I love my hair. When I was young it had weird kinks and cowlicks in it, but I just grew into it. You grow into a lot of things.
If you have ever been to couples therapy it's really, really challenging.
When your life changes and you become a more public person, in some ways you need to be a more closed person, you know?
The beginning of my career was so brilliant. It wasn't until ten years later that I went, 'Oh, that was a big, fat fluke and, boy, was I ever lucky.
I don't get jobs in films by auditioning. I'm not blonde. You can't place me in movies the way you can with certain actors. It's very difficult for my agents.
I can get a better role in TV and work more constantly than I can waiting around for my friends in Canada to call me every four years - which they do - and I go up there and play a leading role.
You should see my house. It's sort of explosive. Like a crazy person lives there.
Creatively, I really feel like I gave it my all, and I feel ready to let her go.
I feel comfortable in places like London. You get many cultures in L.A. but it's strangely segregated.
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.
All the jobs I've gotten in the last two years are because directors have seen the work I've done - indie films, plays, short student films, TV - since I moved to the states in 1996. I mean, I have an entire career in Canada that nobody has seen.
I was lucky on 'Arli$$.' I basically got to do whatever I wanted because HBO is great for that.
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