An Interview With Actress Ellen Yuen


Ellen Yuen is an actress who plays Dr. Doppler in a pitch video for my Kickstarter project Wage. She has also appeared in the film White Frog. Here is a link to her reel and the Youtube  pitch video:


Q:  What made you interested in acting?
A: My 14 year old daughter started acting a year before me. Parents have to accompany minors on the set so I was often pulled into the production. I discovered that not only do I enjoy acting and being on set, I was told by crew members that I was a good actress. So I started submitting myself for projects along with my daughter. I’ve only acted for a year.

Q:  What is your strangest work story?
A: I was recently on a shoot in which the director obviously had Tourettes–he’s head would shake oddly when he spoke and he threw uncontrollable tantrums when a scene was not going well.

Q:  What makes someone a good director?
A: The ability to possess a vision of the storyline, to break down that vision into various parts to convey the storyline effectively, and to direct the crew and cast to complete that vision.

Q:  Why would people fund the play Wage?
A: People would fund a project if they identify with the storyline or would like to help the project creator get the story to the public. The credibility of the project creators also has bearing on successful funding.

Q:  What are some other jobs you’ve gotten via Craigslist?
A: Sewing Tutor, Clothing Manufacturing Consultant, lots of acting gigs.

Q:  What is the best acting advice anyone ever gave you?
A:  fellow actor gave me a lot of information on how to get into SAG.

Q:  What kind of training have you had?

A: Personally I’ve not had any formal acting training. I’ve watched my daughter go through a few acting classes.

Q:  What role could you have nailed?
A: I usually book roles that call for a loud speaking, thick accented stereotypical older Asian lady…mostly comedic situations.

Q:  Would you rather play the good guy or the bad guy?
A: I don’t have a preference for one or the other. Each role type is a character exploration.

Q:  Who are some of your acting influences?
A: No one comes to mind. I observe good acting in whatever I watch, television, movies, even auditions.

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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