Search for
This Site
The Web

Get a free search
engine for your sit





MUSIC HOME PAGE

SPECIAL FEATURE
Philip Ahn
Tia Carrere
Margaret Cho
Church of Rhythm
Michael Kang
Hiroshima
James Hong
Michael Kang
Bruce Lee
Jet Li
Keye Luke
YoYo Ma
Martial Law
Minoru Miki
Lea Salonga
Dalip Saund
George Takei
Kiana Tom
Tamilyn Tomita
Ming-Na Wen
Anna May Wong
Russell Wong
HOME

SECTIONS
Actors
Actresses
Athletics
Authors
Cartoonists
Dancers
Directors
Film Festivals
Musicians
Newscasters
Photographers
Television Shows

INDIE FILMS
Fish Sauce Breath
"Forbidden City"
Niche Films' Success
Quest for Length
Toyo Miyatake

APA 1ST W/E CLUB
November 11, 2002
November 15, 2002
December 7, 2002

COMMENTARY
Don Duong
Martial Arts Influence
Indo-American Films
Media Ownership Limits
Police Movies' Success
Reality Shows Provide Networks' Cheap Shows
Playing the Same Roles
Musicals
Sequels
TV Stereotypes
Unscripted TV Shows
Wanna Be a Star?

RESOURCES
Children Now's
FENNEC Database
Poop Sheet
Wanna Sell a Script?

 


Back to School Sweepstakes


 

Conversation with Lynn Chen

Discover this Upcoming Actress of Many Talents
In this in-depth interview with this hard-working NYC-based actress

Page 3 of 8


ACTING CAREER

US ASIANS: What are the priorities in your creative life as actress and why?

LYNN CHEN: To make money, so I can pay the bills and keep acting.

US ASIANS: Besides making money to pay bills, do you have any additional acting goals?

LYNN CHEN: I would like to be rich and famous and have my choice of whatever role I wanted, but that’s not really a realistic goal. Just being able to support myself through acting is the most important thing to me.

LYNN AND ERIC'S "FORTUNE"

US ASIANS: Could you share how you got involved with Eric Lin’s “Fortune?”

LYNN CHEN: Originally I had sent Eric my headshot and resume after reading the casting, and was disappointed when I hadn’t heard from him. It turns out Eric’s post office was holding a lot of his mail for some reason, so he never got my mailing, but, luckily, a friend who had my headshot recommended me to him so I was called in to audition that way.

US ASIANS: How were the general responses to the film during its run at the film festivals?

LYNN CHEN: People liked the movie and had good things to say about my performance. My band, YPOK2, also did music for the film and we got positive feedback on that as well.

US ASIANS: Can you share some information on “Fortune?”

LYNN CHEN: The official synopsis of “Fortune” is as follows: At an Orwellian fortune cookie factory, while her co-workers want power over their jobs, Jen (played by me) just wants power restored to her Mac.


Lynn looking for power

US ASIANS: Can you share what festivals where “Fortune” was screened

LYNN CHEN: A partial list of festivals are: NY Asian-American Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, and the IFP Market.”

 

US ASIANS: Who were the other cast members

LYNN CHEN: Other cast members were Nick Bosco, who played a factory worker, and David McMahon, who played the fortune cookie factory owner.

US ASIANS: Who are your role models in your entertainment career?

Maggie Gyllenhaal

LYNN CHEN: I’d like to have a career like Parker Posey’s or Maggie Gyllenhaal’s.

US ASIANS: Could you share what things/elements/aspects of Parker Posey or Maggie Gyllenhaal’s career are the most important things that you want to attain in your career?

LYNN CHEN: I like the characters that they play – complex, fun, hilarious, and smart women… I really enjoyed Parker Posey’s performances in “Dazed and Confused,” “Party Girl,” and all her improv in the Christopher Guest films. Maggie Gyllenhaal was great in “Secretary,” and “Donnie Darko.” They work in both indie and big budget productions, something I hope to be able to do someday.

US ASIANS: How was your experience in playing one of the children’s role in “South Pacific?” How long was the run, who were the actors, where did it play, etc.?

LYNN CHEN: “South Pacific” was a lot of fun, but I missed a lot of school because of it. Me and the other kids in the show used to take naps between shows in sleeping bags on top of dressing room tables. The run was a couple of months long at the NY State Theatre in Lincoln Center – some of the other actors that I remember involved were Tony Roberts, Susan Bigelow, and Marcia Mitzman.

US ASIANS: How was your experience in playing one of the children’s role in “South Pacific?” How long was the run, who were the actors, where did it play, etc.?

LYNN CHEN: “South Pacific” was a lot of fun, but I missed a lot of school because of it. Me and the other kids in the show used to take naps between shows in sleeping bags on top of dressing room tables. The run was a couple of months long at the NY State Theatre

COMMERCIALS AND PRINT

US ASIANS
: Have you done much work in the commercial (besides the Coco Cola spot) and/or print industries and could you share your experiences?

 
Lynn Chen
 

LYNN CHEN: I just finished shooting my first on-camera, national commercial for Disney World. I was in Orlando for about 4 days and had one day in NYC. It was the greatest job ever, even though I didn’t get to play in the park at all. I haven’t done much print work.

US ASIANS: Since you have a higher profile, as the result of your appearances in “All My Children,” have there been more offers in the print and/or commercial industries?

LYNN CHEN: I’ve been auditioning the same amount as before “All My Children.”

US ASIANS: For people reading this that are interested in hiring you, could you share the contact information of either the agent, manager and/or management company that books you?

LYNN CHEN: My manager is Ken Park: (212) 226-3731, and my commercial agency is Cunningham Escott Dipene: (212) 477-1666.

 
 
Click HERE to continue
   
 
Read about Lynn's views on other subjects by clicking on the subjects listed below
 
  Part 1: Background Information (Family and Personal)
  Part 2: Training as an Actress and a Singer, YPOK2 and Linklater
  Part 3: Eric Lin's "Fortune," Priorities, Entertainment Role Models, Contact Info, Print and Commercial Work
  Part 4: Film and Television Work, Her Dance Career and Theater Life
  Part 5: Past Theater Roles, Industrial Films, Actor Role Models and Father's "Kunqu Society"
  Part 6: Fav Films & Directors, Life on "All My Children" and Ivan Shaw
  Part 7: Her views on diversity and the status of "Asian American Cinema"
  Part 8: Fav Asian Pacific American directors and films - along with her overall aspirations

 

 

 

Any questions regarding the content, contact Asian American Artistry
site design by Asian American Artistry

Copyright 1996-2003 - Asian American Artistry - All Rights Reserved.