So what do you when your Asian, have some success, and are searching for your next role? Easy. Just write it yourself.
“It’s up to us to make something; we’ve decided that we want a movie that doesn’t [focus on our race]...that being Asian-American is just circumstantial and it doesn’t have to be the main focus point of the movie,” explained Justin, who along with another Asian-American actor is currently writing a script that they hope will explode in a similar fashion. “[Things we get offered] are like, ‘Oh, I’m Asian, how do I deal with that?’ Like “My mother, she’s like a nagging Chinese woman!’ That’s not interesting anymore, you know?”Nice.
Instead, Justin and "Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants" actor Leonardo Nam are hard at work on a film that won’t go down those same tired paths. “I’m actually writing something with my friend, Leo Nam…he was in the third 'Fast and Furious,'" Justin revealed. “He’s a great actor; we’re writing a script right now.”
“What we’re writing is about a road trip down to Argentina, with three kids that grew up in Huntington; it’s a really cool story,” he explained, saying it’s part comedy, part drama. “There’s a little bit of everything. It’s like ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ meets ‘Lords of Dogtown.’”