An Interview With Actress Kristine Caluya

Kristine Caluya is an actress who appears in the film “Dirty Movie”. Here is a link to her website:

1. What made you want to become an actor?

Growing up as a kid acting wasn’t even on mind. I was in various school plays, choir and even a special school television studio. I never knew it could be a career until I became a hairdresser/makeup artist and got banned on my first film job by being mistaken as a background player. From there, a series of coincidences came along which continued to lead me to pursue acting.

2. What makes you fame-worthy?

I have had success in New Zealand and Europe through the television show “Shortland Street”. Though I am relatively “new” to Hollywood, I have been in this business for a long time internationally. Here in America I getting there. I have great ambiguity in my looks and versatility in my performances. I am a quintuple talent – I act, sing, dance, do martial arts, model. I’m all about professionalism.

3. What do you like about Hollywood?

I love Hollywood! It has a great deal of legacy and interesting character, or should I say “characters” which makes for more interesting characters for me to portray and draw from when I’m acting. Hollywood definitely keeps me plenty busy.

4. What don’t you like about it?

The traffic is probably the only dislike.

5. What is your wildest LA Story?

I have so many its insane! But the most memorable crazy one so far was being at a prestigious party at a mansion in Beverly Hills. Things were going great, then next minute a huge fight broke out between two guys, I think over some girl, and there was blood everywhere on the dance floor. The party gets shut down and about seven or so cop cars came. It was pretty insane.

6. What is “Dirty Movie” about?

Dirty Movie is an homage to the new wave filmmakers. It is a fictional account of making films during the 60’s.

7. What role do you play in the film?

I play a Asian villager named Sunlyn who is brutalized by French troops in Vietnam during the 50’s. Sunlyn is a critical character and is a shocking pivotal point in the film.

8. How did you get the audition for the part?

The director Scott Dodgson gave me the role after sitting down with him for a coffee. He loved my picture and reel and that was it.

9. How long were you in LA before getting your first role?

My first day. I actually got a role in a short film while sitting at a bus stop on sunset blvd and chatting to someone. I have no clue with what happened to that short film as of this day, I didn’t really keep good track of things back then. But after that I got cast in another short film three weeks later that ended up doing the festival circuit.

10. What would you say to someone who says Hollywood is racist, sexist and looksist?

I would say, come live in LA first. So many people make so many assumptions about this town, only hearing what the media portrays without even actually living and really getting to know Hollywood and its people. As for racism, etc that exists no matter what state, city, country you live in.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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