Being an Asian American in Hollywood is challenging, says Will Yun Lee who recently shared in the award for Best Ensemble Acting at this year's Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival for the film Where the Road Meets the Sun. But it is getting better, Lee adds, and more opportunities are opening up every day.
Where the Road Meets the Sun also earned Lee the award for Best Supporting Actor Award in WorldFest Houston. In the film, Lee, born in Arlington, VA to Korean parents, portrays a Japanese American gangster character who wakes after four years in a coma.
Although Lee has been steadily expanding his career from TV to independent film and even a few blockbusters like 2002's James Bond film Die Another Day, he still confesses that surviving in Hollywood as an Asian American is not so easy.
Asian Americans are often limited to about 5 major roles a year on average, says Lee, and thousands of Asian American actors have to compete for such a limited number of openings. However, Lee adds, due to the extraordinary performances of recognizable Asian American actors such as Sandra Oh and Daniel Dae Kim, roles for actors of Asian heritage in Hollywood are increasing in number.
Before getting into acting, Lee majored in political science at UC Berkeley and helped out at his father's Taekwondo school. He decided to dive into the movie industry after watching actor Jason Scott Lee.
It has been 14 years since Lee moved to Los Angeles with just one suitcase of clothes and $1,000. Lee remembers it as a turning point where he had to start his life all over again.
Currently, Lee is filming Cobu 3D opposite international sensation and Korean pop star BoA, as well as a remake of the film Total Recall.
"My goal is simply to act", says Lee, "and drinking coffee while preparing for filming before sunrise is the happiest moment of my life".
Lee points to the Korean American community and their supports as the tonic for his life and career.
By Erin Kim
Source : www.dynamic-korea.com...
- Stay on topic and do not spam.
- Emoticons are fun, but actual thoughts are appreciated.
- Refrain from abusive language.
- Post only in English, as this is an English language community.
- Do not share pages or media unrelated to the topic you are commenting on.
- Do not request or mention illegal download/streaming services.
- No graphic content allowed.
- Respect the right of other users to share their opinion. Arguments are welcome, fights are not.
Comments which break the rules will be erased. Repeated rule breaking will result in blacklisting.
"Ojak Brothers" exceeds 20% ratings on its second day
Ratings for TV drama "Ojak Brothers" exceeded 20% on its second day of broadcast on August 7. Acc,...More
[Spoiler] "Spy MyeongWol" Han Ye-seul's face parade
Actress Han Ye-seul became the worst acting actress with her facial expressions. On the 9th episo,...More
Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$2.99 per month (you can cancel anytime).
The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.
*** Giveaways ***