I try to believe like I believed when I was five...when your heart tells you everything you need to know.
Being Asian in this business is something you have to consider, because sometimes people aren't as open. They'll say, I can't see you with a Caucasian person.
Everything I buy is vintage and smells funny. Maybe that's why I don't have a boyfriend.
I always admired Wonder Woman and the Incredible Hulk - but I don't know if I'd be a very convincing hulk.
I think you just have to appreciate who you are and hopefully they can see what a superhero is about.
I try to distinguish my characters from each other.
I've definitely become much more aware of physical stunts.
I've never really thought about competing with cartoons. If it ever gets to that point, then just shoot me.
If you see the Sopranos, you're not going to be speaking in the Shakespearean English.
When you have something that close to you, you want to make sure that you're aware of it.
When I was shooting a movie in Montreal, it was freezing. If you take a little bit of Aquaphor and dab it on your face, it keeps your skin looking fresh. I dubbed it Aqua For Everything.
There's always sacrifices. My family don't generally say that they're related to me - my sister doesn't say she's my sister - because they don' t want to be judged or lauded based on who I am.
The wonderful thing about film is that you have something that has a beginning, middle, and end, and you have a concrete amount of time to shoot it.
The lack of predictability with television is something that's constantly changing what your perception of who you think your character is.
Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better.
Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords.
Producing is like pushing jello up a hill on a hot day.
Pilates introduced me to muscles I never even knew I had. Soon I started to feel longer and leaner. Ten years of Pilates has really changed my body for the better.
Martial arts are art forms and require a great deal of discipline and dedication. I so admire people who focus their lives on it, because it's not an easy thing to do.
Making a request without revealing the feeling/need takes all the joy out of other's service.
It's great to do commercial movies; they are fun. You're doing stunts, you are running around, there is a lot of money involved in the production; there are incredible sets and designs.
I think diversity is very key to anybody's resume, and also for your mental well-being.
I love children. I work with UNICEF and one of the reasons I love that is because they deal specifically with children. For me I think it's just really important to always embrace that side of you.
I grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, with no money. I was taught not to take anything for granted. If you are too busy being a diva or a freak, then you are not enjoying it.
A lot of people die giving birth to their children who have AIDS and HIV and a lot of people don't survive after a time because they've been sick too.
You respect all of these people that you know in the business as actors. And they sort of turn around and say, we really like your work. It's a nice acknowledgment.
You have to look out for becoming trapped in a place where people want to see you all the time doing one thing.
You can't look back; you have to keep looking forward.
Working on the Samurai sword is very different because your body position has to be very still. It's a much quieter was of fighting.
Women who wear kimonos, when the fight, they have to keep their knees together, and when they use a sword, they have to move the sleeves otherwise it gets caught.
Women like to watch women fight because it makes them feel sort of empowered physically and mentally. They feel kind of jazzed and excited by it.
When you work with chains or any kind of weapons, or just when you're using hand-to-hand combat, you are going to get hurt.
They were concerned about the racial issue. They thought it was not a safe issue to go Asian, unfortunately.
The neck is kind of what's sexy in Japan, so you have to have the kimono a little bit back. It was just a whole different way of appealing to what was sexy.
Since we didn't use guns, we wanted to make sure we could earn the ability to win the audience over by making it believable. A lot of what you do when you work out in that mode is use your mental energy.
People use location as a language in films, and Quentin uses action as a language in his films. There's really not a lot of violence. It's more of an emotional beat than it is a physical beat.
Once you embody the language, the character comes really naturally, especially when you put the costume on.
Nobody really tells me what's going on, and I find out via the trades myself.
Men, when they fight in movies, it's a very different style. Harrison Ford was so cool when he had the whip, and Bruce Lee was such an artist that you couldn't take your eyes off of him.
Japanimation is a whole different art form.
It's so much fun playing Ling, but I have this fear that people are going to run away from me in terror on the streets. They think I'm going to bite their heads off or something.
It's like kill or be killed, that's my thing basically.
I generally won't do a role unless I feel like it's in my system somewhere, even if it's just a molecule of it. Like I just felt like I knew it and if I talked about it or discussed it or tried to rehearse it that it would take away the energy from that scene so I went in there and just did it.
I think it seems like a natural progression to go into directing, and I hope to explore more of it, because it's very exciting and a really good way to collide all the things that you've known and experienced in the business and put them all into one.
I think people sometimes get the wrong impression when they're like, Oh, well, so-and-so was straight and then she was gay, and now she's straight again, you know? But it's like, how many times do I have to kiss a woman before I'm gay? Everybody wants to label people. Sometimes you just fall in love with somebody, and you're really not thinking about what gender or whatever they happen to be. It think that if I happen to fall in love with a woman, everyone's going to make a big deal out of it. But if I happen to fall in love with a man, nobody cares.
I wish people wouldn't just see me as the Asian girl who beats everyone up, or the Asian girl with no emotion. People see Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock in a romantic comedy, but not me. You add raceto it, and it became, 'Well, she's too Asian', or, ‘She's too American’. I kind of got pushed out of both categories. It's a very strange place to be. You're not Asian enough and then you're not American enough, so it gets really frustrating.
It is an absolute privilege to be able to speak another language and have it be something you grew up with. I think it's a very important thing and I think that everywhere else in the world people speak more than one language.
It was probably very difficult to go from Chinese and then suddenly go to kindergarten and start speaking English; it's very hard to transition back and forth when you are in that pivotal age. It's also hard to transition back, but if I was immersed in the country for a given amount of time, you are surrounded by it, everyone is speaking, you are learning new things, you are practicing all the time.
You don't want to continue to do one thing and only one thing. You want to keep challenging yourself and if you do well at it, great, if you fall on your face, you tried. Like, she's really terrible at comedy! Who knew? But if you didn't try and put yourself out there you'd never know.