“I grew up in Devon, which has given me the life purpose of arguing the point that the cream comes before the jam. I loved sports growing up, particularly swimming. I spent more of my adolescence in the water than out of it! Despite being a competent swimmer and living by the sea my whole life, I’m absolutely petrified of swimming in the sea. I am mixed Korean English so am very lucky to have a large family across the world. I teach fitness classes alongside acting as I find it a great way to build a different community and I always leave feeling so inspired by my class member’s hard work.”
What kind of actor do you aspire to be?
I want to be playful and open. To have a curiosity about the characters I get to play and the world around me. To continually dig deep into myself and the material I’m given to keep my performances fresh and electric.
What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I picked a piece from Joe White’s Mayfly. I’ve always found the character Loops awkwardly charming and endearing. I think the piece is very heart-felt and is constantly walking the line between her being in control and out of control.
What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?
Theatre-wise I love a lot of the work that’s been on at The Royal Court recently. I watched both For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Hue Gets Too Heavy and Two Palestinians Go Dogging and I felt that the writing and the actor performances were some of the most powerful I’ve ever seen. I’m also enjoying a lot of the film and TV that South Korea are producing at the moment. The general feel I get from a lot of the work they’ve created is that everything from the music to the cinematography to the acting is so intricate and magnificent it really does feel like art.
How do you keep creative?
I find it really important to maintain and find new interests and hobbies outside of acting to nurture my creativity. Whether that be reading books, trying out a new class, or playing instruments, it all helps expand my perspective. Continually watching new and old theatre and films always inspires me. Also, just paying attention to the world around me reminds me of the endless possibilities in terms of storytelling and character building.
What is the dream role you’d love to play?
I’ve always loved action/adventure/fantasy so I’d love to have the chance one day to play a role that is physically demanding, that is in a heightened world but with real depth and truth behind the story and the characters. Characters that people can relate to and that give a voice to those who feel voiceless. Roles that are provocative and challenge the status quo.
What do you hope to be doing this time next year?
I hope I’ll be doing something I enjoy and that fulfils me.