An Interview with ” Charis Chu ” Filmmaker Actress
November 28, 2016
Here Charis Chu answers some in-depth questions about her business and personal life for Luxuria Lifestyle.
How do you balance your work and your personal life?
Being an artist is like being yourself for a living It’s really true. My work schedule isn’t a 9-5 job. It was easy to get depressed in the beginning for I completely base my creativity and artistic value purely on how much acting work I booked. Thankfully, I had the honor to work with some industry giants behind the scenes and I equally enjoyed as much as acting. I guess working both on and off camera really trained both sides of my brain creatively and practically! My personal life my family. When it comes to spending time with my family, I really just focus on that. Family always comes before my work.
What memorable experiences did you have in ” Miss New York Chinese Beauty Pageant Contest in 2014 ”?
If I were to pick, it was definitely the moment when they announced the winner of Miss Photogenic and Miss Internet Favourite because they were based poll result from the judges, press, and netizens. All 14 contestants were extremely talented and beautiful and I never expected receiving the most votes.
How was your experience working with Andrew Lau and Martin Scorsese in “ The Revenge of the Green Dragons ” ? Tell us more about your role in this film.
I was the script consultant/dialect coach in this film. The film depicts Chinese American Gang Life in the 80s – 90s. The main cast had to speak in Cantonese and I was responsible to teach them. It was very interesting because major dialogues were swear words! So I recorded several audio lessons ” How To Swear In Cantonese ” for them. It was hilarious but much needed for the cast to learn the right pronunciation. I felt like I had to gargle with mouthwash afterwards because I never sworn so much in my life. Oh, Cantonese is such a colorful language.
When did you realize that you want to be in the Filmmaking Industry?
I drew a lot of comics since I was young. I really enjoyed how you can control what the audience sees by how you tell the story. How big each frame is determined how much time the audience lingers in that image; and the space in between the frames, which allowed the audience to get an idea, is so similar to when audiences blink in each ” Cut ” when watching a film.
It was not until during film school that I realize that it is so similar to storyboard in film. I started story-boarding every music video/ short film I shoot. And when the final product came out and the audience felt connected, that’s when I fell in love with filmmaking. Filmmaking is such a collaborative effort. You can create a piece alone and the outcome is always different from what you expected, which is the exciting part.
Tell us more about your hobbies and interests outside of work.
I am pretty boring I would say. One of my hobbies is binge watching Netflix. but after a while, I would start to crave for human interaction and would need to meet a friend or two.
Which celebrities do you see are most inspiring and influential?
I’m tempted to say the ” Big ” names like Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and Meryl Streep.
They are all incredibly talented actresses that I look up to. While I was in Hong Kong , I had the honor to meet Zac Koo. He’s been a Hong Kong Singer/ Actor for a long time. Not only he is talented, but he is always putting others before himself. He is not only chasing after career, but he also focuses on serving others.
I think genuine humility and the will to sacrifice for others when you have fame is such a rare gem.
Name your favorite film director and why?
My Favourite Director would probably be Christopher Nolan. All his works are breathtakingly eye-opening. Whether it’s the Dark Knight, Interstellar, Inception, the worlds he established in his films are unbelievable. It’s crazy how he can successfully bring these imagination to life.
What a legendary storyteller.
Who serves as your inspiration?
My Family. I’m always drawn to films that depicts family conflicts especially relationship between a parent and a child. Family really determines ones character and the choices they make in life, thus interesting stories.
What projects are you currently working on?
I recently worked on a music video with Hong Kong Singer, Alfred Hui, and Award Winning Actress Paw Hee Ching. It was a very meaningful project about promoting communication between parents and children. I was surprise how It turned out. People were touched and had many positive feedback.
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Written by Luxuria Lifestyle Hong Kong & Macau