They did another feature with Justin on their site. It’s cute, liked it alot! Gives you a little bit closer look at Justin and what he’s done and what he’s up to now.
CUUUUUTTTEEE His dog’s named Turbo, and one of the recent movies he’s been in is also named “Turbo”
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Justin from celebuzz! Enjoy!
Is he happy? By all accounts and direct quotes “yes”. Is this the last stop on a heck of a wild ride? “ah no” (another direct quote)
When we did enter the “Twilight Zone” and discuss the movie’s phenomenal success- Chon was insightful as usual. “Twilight has mass appeal because it speaks to universal truths…Life, love, loneliness and the ever magnetic pull of immortality.” How does he feel about such a diverse fan base? “I love my fans, they are considerate, gentle, caring and yeah it does nice things for the ego now and again…” And who wouldn’t mind a little ego boost from time to time?
As the interview came to a close I was shocked to see nearly 30 minutes had passed. Not only did it feel like no time at all, but in Justin’s whirlwind existence 30 minutes of HIS “downtime” is quite a precious gift.
With a promise for a “sequel” to this interview and a “stay cool bro” from Justin, it closed with just enough time left to confirm from the source
This guy is the Holy Grail ladies!
Thanks Justin you are truly a STAR…
NOTE: That pic is a “never before seen” YA saw [on their site] folks so tell your friends to follow [them] at @celebbuzzz
source: Naturally Savvy
I have interviewed many actors over the past couple of years and they each bring their own sense of individuality to the conversation. My recent interview with Justin Chon was no different. Justin, who plays Eric Yorkie in the Twillight and New Moon movies, is smart, well balanced and most of all down to earth
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): What positive environmental changes have you made in your life?
Justin’s Answer: To me the most important thing I can do for the environment is to be mindful and not wasteful. As an actor, I’m always printing paper for a script and/or auditions, so I make sure to use the back of them for scrap paper and then recycle them. I keep my thermostat at 75 instead (unlike some of my friends who put it down to 60 because it is really hot out and they want to cool down their places quickly). I take one shower a day and if I can walk somewhere I will.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): As a younger actor, do you find your colleagues are taking the environment seriously and trying to make a difference?
Justin’s Answer: Many of my friends and colleagues are attempting to do something to help the environment. For example, a lot of people I know drive energy efficient cars. It’s easier in California because being green and conscious is more mainstream than perhaps in other cities in the U.S.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): What healthy lifestyle choices do you embrace?
Justin’s Answer: I try to keep fit. I surf a lot and I do a lot of aerobic activity to keep my heart healthy. I also use my own body weight instead of actual weights which works really well at keeping me in shape.
I rarely eat fast food and I try to keep a balanced diet as much as possible. I love red meat but I limit it and substitute fish instead on many occasions.
Unfortunately when filming, I don’t get to exercise. We work very long days – sometimes 15 hours a day depending on production – so by the end of the day I am pretty tired and all I want to do is have dinner and go to bed. As for eating, Kraft Services (the on-set catering company) does offer healthy options for those who want to eat healthy. My weakness on set is “pasta”. I’m not the biggest vegetable lover, but I always try to put some greens on my plate because I know how important it is.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): What, in your opinion, is one of the reasons Twillight has become such a phenomenon with both young and older people?
Justin’s Answer: Definitely because of the book! It had such a strong following before the movie even came out. The books provide mental relief and an escape from reality. They are also easy reads – you don’t have to think too much, which people really like. People relate well to Bella because she’s a normal girl who falls in love and lives a fantasy life because she meets a hot vampire who sweeps her off her feet.
The movie has a team appeal. As a young cast and relatively unknown when we first started, young teenagers could relate to the story and to the actors. Older people like it because there’s action, suspense and it has a great story behind it.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): Have you met Stephanie Meyer?
Justin’s Answer: Yes. She was on the set quite a bit. She is a very nice lady and very sweet. She also has a great family.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): Did you read the books before auditioning for the part?
Justin’s Answer: I heard of them but didn’t read them entirely until after I was cast (I read a little bit to get a feel for what they were). Once I got the part, I had to read them!
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): Are you involved in any charitable work?
Justin’s Answer: I don’t have a specific charity I am passionate about so I do whatever comes up. I recently went to a benefit for lupus and I donate a lot of my time to a church for troubled youth children called “Step off Ministry”.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): How do you maintain balance in your life?
I own retail stores called “Attic” where we sell limited edition Nike shoes, contemporary street wear and local brands from LA and Orange County. We have two locations – one in Buena Park and one in San Diego. The stores keep me busy when I’m not filming a movie.
I’m always in my home town Irvine CA. I go to the same restaurants and hang out with my same friends as I always did. I try to keep in perspective that ‘work is work’ and ‘life is life’. I try not to bring work home with me and I try to keep a level head and not let the hype get to me. To be honest, in the end, all that matters is if I’m happy.
We are all the same and there is no need to be pretentious. I am happy things are going well for me.
Naturally Savvy Question (Andrea): So are we Justin! To check out Justin’s stores, visit: www.attic2zoo.com and to see Justin in Twillight’s sequel — New Moon — look for it in theatre’s November 20th!
J-14 caught up with Justin Chon who plays Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga movies — and he spilled about awkward moments with Kristen Stewart, being stalked by paparazzi, and the musical cast of Twilight!
J-14: In Twilight, did you draw from your own high school experience to flirt with Bella Swan in the cafeteria?
Justin Chon: Of course. As an actor you’re always trying to draw from real stuff to make it real, but I would say in acting terms, you use like substitutions and you think back to the moment. I just tried to make him as awkward as possible and just overly excited about everything.
J-14: What was it like flirting with Kristen Stewart?
Justin: Her character is just really awkward. So you put two really awkward people together and it’s just a really funny thing to see them try and have a fluid conversation.
J-14: What was your reaction to all of the paparazzi at the airport when you landed in Vancouver?
Justin: The paparazzi were a total surprise. I think there’s a picture of me with my mouth open. It’s really pretty funny because I just had no idea what was going on. And I asked Anna [Kendrick], “Wait are they taking pictures of us?” We just had no idea and then we realized they were taking pictures of us and we were just like, “Whoa!”
J-14: You’re a musician — and so are Rob Pattinson, Jackson Rathbone, and Nikki Reed… what was it like working with such a musical cast?
Justin: It’s kind of weird because everyone is like, “Oh yeah! I play guitar!” And then for me, I just didn’t even tell anybody. I was just like, “Yeah, I guess everyone plays the guitar so maybe I shouldn’t say anything because it doesn’t make me special.”
source: Korean Beacon
If you’ve watched the vampire movie Twilight, then you’ve seen Justin Chon. So what it’s like to be in one of the biggest movies in 2008 and then follow that up with a big role in a movie that has Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd and Harrison Ford acting along side of you? For Justin, he’s enjoying his Hollywood ride and more importantly, enjoying his craft. He sat down to chat about the movie Crossing Over and how his character effected him.
When you read the script for “Crossing Over,” what was most compelling about the story?
First of all, having a Korean story line is pretty rare with a film with big named actors. It was a full Korean story line that ended up in a movie in its entirety. In the original script it was pretty meaty. You just don’t see that story to much about a young Korean kid struggling through his adolescent times and it’s usually older and stereotypical stories. I thought it was very cool that they tried to humanize a Korean-American immigrant.
Were you personally effected by playing your character?
I was totally effected. I had to really get into the character with a Korean accent in the movie and my accent is pretty thick. It’s been 4 years since I moved to Korea and I have to go back to a time where someone says something to you and you take it personally. You’re trying to prove yourself. So going back to that time really effected me and there were some very heavy themes.
Can you relate in any way to your character?
Oh yeah. I grew up with these kind of kids but I was never really sympathetic and gave them a second thought. And playing the part, I felt real bad for not being nicer. My character is brought to America in Junior High and it’s difficult becuse you’re not the same ethnicity and it’s tough to deal with. I could totally relate and with any character I play; there are ways to connect to them.
What do you enjoy most about acting?
I feel like for the past few years, it’s been kinda like I gotta succeed or book the next thing. And recently, I feel like I’m enjoying it and having fun with it: not trying to meet expectations or wondering how I should act a certain part. I’m really enjoying acting because I’m more experimental and pushing boundaries. I’m really having fun with it and not making it a job. I just have freedom in my art.
Who are your inspirations?
In terms of actors, I’d say Mark Ruffalo, Crispin Glover, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Roth, and of course people like Johnny Depp. I really like the actors who are not so mainstream but beat the odds with their talent. It’s more about people who worked really hard. That’s who interests me.
Has it been difficult being an Asian-American actor?
Of course. I’m not going to lie. If anyone tells you something different then they’re lying. It’s amazingly difficult. You’re fighting for a few spots. When you go to the auditions, you see everybody: maybe it’s for a 25 year old part, and you see people from 18 to 40 years old auditioning. It’s really hard to get producers to believe in you to pull off a non-Asian role and take that risk. It’s starting to change a little bit.
Do you think America is more accepting of Asian-American actors in more prominent roles?
I would say that they give us a chance in prominent roles but not lead roles. They’re really capitalizing on Asian-American content i.e. Streetfighter, Dragonball. There’s a lot of Asian content being made, but they don’t always cast Asian people for the movies. It is a business and if their main guy doesn’t have a proven record for bringing in numbers then they don’t want to take that risk.
Do you know many of the other Asian actors?
We all know each other and we’re all friends. That’s kinda of a good thing about the Asian-American community: everyone knows each other and eveyrone’s friends and we support each other. No one is really trashing each other.
What has been the best experience so far on this ride?
The best part about the whole thing is sharing the experience with my family and friends. I went to a convention for “Twilight” in the UK and I got to take one of my friends and we also went to Italy. I was able to take my sister to the “Twilight” premiere. Also, having my dad and mom’s support is great. It’s more than just me experiencing things; it’s being able to share the experiences who are closest to me.
Have your parents been supportive?
Both my parents are artistic and my dad was an actor from 10 to 25 years old in South Korea. He even won awards in Korea. My parents are probably more critical of my work: he’s (dad) always critiquing. It’s cool that they can talk to me about my craft.
So what do you do when you’re not filming?
I own 2 shoe and clothing stores: the “Attic” in Buena Park and San Diego. They’re contemporary clothes and street wear. It’s stocked with local and unknown brands.
What’s your favorite korean food?
I luv gaktogee. I would just eat it without my food.
Thank Justin and good luck filming the next Twilight!
If you would like to celebrate the DVD release of CROSSING OVER, you can join Justin tonight (Monday), June 8th at 6:00 pm PST / 9:00 pm EST on StarCam! You can chat with Justin live and ask him the questions you want answered.
Just sign up at http://starcam.com/justinchon
“Crossing Over” comes out on DVD on June 9th.
Many actors and filmmakers from Michael Welch’s recent films and industry luminaries joined him at the event including Shaun Sipos and Aisha Hinds from Lost Dream, and Christian Serratos from Twilight, Chris and Sean Marquette, Luke Eberl, Aaron Himelstein, Kris Lemche, Lauren Storm, Stacy Glassgold, Jon Rosenbloom, Mae Nekoba, Amber Watson, Charlie Fecske, Marissa Lefton, Alice Diehl, Johnny Royal, Edgar Morais, Larry Laboe, and Jonathan Levine (director of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane and The Wackness).
Here are some exclusive pictures I shot at the elegant pre-screening reception, from the red carpet as the guests arrived, at the Q&A afterward, and the raucous afterparty that rocked the Sunset Gower Studios courtyard well past midnight.
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Michael Welch & Lauren Storm (L), Christian Serratos & Justin Chon (R) at pre-screening reception
JUSTIN CHON INVITES YOU TO JOIN HUNDREDS OF “TWILIGHT“ FANS AS THEY JOIN HIM LIVE!!!
Just back from Vancouver where he was reprising his role as Eric Yorkie in “New Moon”, “Twilight’s” JUSTIN CHON invites you to join him and hundreds of “Twilight” fans as he appears LIVE on StarCam!
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(A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit Step Off Ministry, Justin’s favorite charity)