Her Approach to Preparing for Roles

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I mean, you know, you just have to make your choice yourself. No one’s there, no one’s – when you audition, no one’s there telling you what to do unless you go to an acting coach and take private lessons. But I didn’t usually do that, I would just make up my own mind how to do the role. And when I did Mistress Ching, you know, playing the Chinese lord there, I – it’s just out of my head, you know. No one taught me or no one said, “This is how you should do it.” I just thought she would be very dramatic. So it’s mostly – whenever I’ve done something, it’s choices that I make as to how to do the role. If you’re doing a stage play and you’re rehearsing, and rehearsing, then you work with a director and maybe they give you adjustments, or something, but movies or television it – you know… Movies it takes a little more time, but television it’s very fast-paced. You just do it, and then move onto the next scene, next scene. What I like about plays is that you’re working on it – you’re fine-tuning that role, your relationship with the other characters. I feel like it’s always growing.

Date: November 8, 2018
Location: California, US
Interviewer: June Berk
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

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