Kelvin Yu

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I haven't gotten a chance to see Milk yet, but here's a snippet from an inteview with Kelvin Yu who plays Michael Wong in the film, down at Asians in America:

If you could be a character in any animated show, who would you be and why?

Funny you should ask. I think about this often and the obvious answer would have to be Optimus Prime. Why, you ask...? Why would I want to spontaneously morph into a fire engine at my own whim and then instantaneously back into a 40 foot robot? For chicks. Obviously.

What is your favorite part of the movie- and television-making process?

The best part of making a film is the decision making. I know that sounds broad and maybe there's no better way to articulate it for me. As an actor, you are very much part of a larger army of ants whose umbrella goal is the telling of a greater story. However, you do have control over this one small aspect--and that's your character. Who is he and how do my choices affect the bigger picture as we move forward and paint this picture together? How do my decisions affect the director, the DP, the other actors? That's a very exciting aspect of acting in film for me, because it's not something that has methodology built into it. It forces people to be present and aware of each moment. The second best part is goodie bags. Any kind of free item. And the best part of television is residuals. Anyone will tell you that.