Thank you Sienna
Thank you Sienna
With dark patches under his eyes, Justin Chon sunk down into a La-Z boy position at the guest lounge of the Grand Intercontinental Hotel for an afternoon chitchat.
His disposition was more Al Bundy than the hyper-active comic relief Eric Yorkie in the Twilight franchise.
It was also a look all too familiar for anyone who has lived and worked here for a considerable period and all signs pointed towards late night binge drinking.
He was quick to throw that assumption out the window.
“No, man that’s not it. I quit drinking a little over a month ago. Drinking and smoking,” he said massaging his jaws.
“I think I slept last night with my jaws clenched.”
It was the last day of his weeklong visit to Korea during which he made the rounds with some of the biggest talent and entertainment companies to check out what they had on offer for him.
“I’m trying to get a feel for the local industry and what my opportunities are and what I can do here,” he said.
“The fact I got to meet with Yu Ji-tae was amazing. He came to a party I was having in Itaewon and, for me, that was like Leonardo DiCaprio showing up. … He came by to say what’s up and I was like what the hell?”
After five years of working in Hollywood, the 29-year-old Orange County native with the boyish charm has become something of a veteran.
He’s done everything from network sitcoms, independently produced passion projects, portraying an Asian gangster – an unwritten rite of passage for any young Asian actor in Tinseltown – and being part of the billion-dollar Twilight franchise.
Chon, for the lack of a better word, has become a seasoned pro.
What if all it took to help a charity raise $1 million was a simple online vote? Would you help then? The Center for the Pacific Asian Family hopes so, as the nonprofit competes with 99 other charities in the Chase Community Giving contest on Facebook.
CPAF, which helps Asian Pacific Islanders who have been victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, has lined up some impressive supporters for its star-powered public service announcements, including actor Justin Chon from the Twilight films. Other CPAF supporters include John Cho (Star Trek), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), Aaron Yoo (21, Disturbia), Archie Kao (CSI), Joe Hahn (Linkin Park) and Lisa Ling (Oprah).
The Chase Community Giving contest, with its social media angle and the involvement of so many celebrities, is a great way to get some attention to organizations like Center for the Pacific Asian Family, which runs a 24-hour support line, emergency and transitional shelters, and counseling services for victims and their families. All it takes to help out is a vote, whether it’s for CPAF or one of the other 99 charities. It won’t cost you a dime. Winners will be announced Saturday.
To find out more about CPAF and its mission, I shot off some questions to Chon. The queries were handed to a film crew that filmed the actor’s responses. Check out the video above for some firsthand insight into the charity as well as some Twilight: Eclipse tidbits for Twihards.
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Actor Justin Chon is taking in his increased fame after appearing in the much-beloved ‘Twilight Saga’ movies.
By Nalea J. Ko, Reporter
As an up-and-coming actor Justin Chon has learned to find the humor in fan criticism. The 28-year-old actor broke into Hollywood after studying business at the University of Southern California. He has since appeared in films and on TV, with a two-year run on the Nickelodeon TV show “Justin Jordan.”
Chon, who is Korean American, is seeing his star rise by playing the overachiever Eric Yorkie in “The Twilight Saga.” In “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” Chon’s character walks the halls of Forks High School with vampires and werewolves.
With the success of “Twilight” came internet speculation about Chon’s character.
“People I guess think Eric is gay, which he’s not. But it’s really funny. They think I’m gay, which makes me crack up,” said Chon over the phone about the “Twilight” fan fiction pieces on the internet.
Fan fiction allows “Twihards” — as hardcore “Twilight” fans are affectionately dubbed — to write dialogue as if they were a character in the teen vampire movie. Chon takes the comments in stride.
“So, it doesn’t bother me at all,” Chon explained, “I’ve played a gay guy and a transvestite before and I think it’s fun.” He has appeared in the comedy “Puff, Puff, Pass” as a transvestite named Bobbi.
Whatever the role, Chon is an advocate of honing his craft and researching the part. And he is not afraid to trounce the competition to land a role.
“That was fun, man! I got to play — you know I beat other transvestites out for that part [in ‘Puff, Puff, Pass’], dude,” Chon explained. “Oh hell yeah! I had to learn how to totally walk in those six-inch heels.”
He has showed his versatility in other feature films like “Crossing Over,” where Chon played Yong Kim, an immigrant.
It might not be surprising that Chon chose to pursue a career in Tinseltown since acting is in his blood. Chon’s father, Sang Chon, was an actor in South Korea. The elder Chon gave up acting because his bride’s parents did not approve of his career.
He was both supportive and hesitant about his son’s acting aspirations. Chon’s father was mostly concerned about his son’s ability to make a living from acting — these were challenges Chon was mindful of.
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“He gave all of us a phone call, which is so courteous and respectful,” said Chon, who plays Bella’s classmate Eric alongside Serratos’ Angela.
“Also, he made all of us binders full of information of what he was going to do, getting us all on the same page about what kind of world he was trying to convey and so he really stepped it up,” Chon said. “He really spent extra time so that we would all be in the same communication loop.”
As for the movie’s apparent worldwide appeal, Serratos suggests it brings back faith in love while Chon says it provides escapism, excitement and forbidden love with a classic bad boy. Reed says the Bella-Edward bond is obsessive, co-dependent (but not in a bad way) and blissfully youthful.
Although they play mere humans, which means far less time in the makeup chair, Chon and Serratos are approached by fans with questions and photo requests. Most frequently asked: “Where’s Rob?”
Hiding in his hotel room, most likely.
TORONTO – Lovers of vampires, werewolves and all things Twilight, lined up outside the Winter Garden Theatre Thursday night to catch a sneak peek of New Moon.
The latest instalment of the international phenomenon Twilight opens to the public on Friday but a select group of fans, who call themselves “Twi-hards”, were able to see an early showing of the film.
Many fans told 680News showbiz editor Gloria Martin that they were excited to see the wolf pack, introduced in this film.
Fans screamed and snapped photos as two members of the films cast, Billy Burke who plays Bella’s father and Justin Chon who plays Eric, entered the theatre.
The stars of the Twilight films, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart were not on hand.
Band of Skulls, who are on the films soundtrack, were also at the screening.
The new time for the LIVE CHAT w/ JUSTIN CHON is now 9pm PST Please schedule accordingly!!
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Justin Chon Live Chat TONIGHT @ 9pm PST http://iamkoream.com/media/live/
Don’t forget to join the live interview on Tuesday, November 17th on the site, iamkoream.com at 7:00 pm PST. Justin will also Present and Award to the Editor and Chief of US Weekly Magazine at the prestigious KoreAm Magazine Gala on Saturday, November 21st in Los Angeles.
I will be late to the chat, but I’ll try to join as well (i have to work)