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" My parents did not pay a cent for my education; they didn't give me a car or furniture - I did that 100% on my own. I had to pay back a lot. "
" I'm always hungry for the next thing. I'm never resting on my laurels. "
" I'm okay with not having a super-secure lifestyle because if you're doing what you like, you don't need stuff to fill any empty holes. "
" Being an actor, in and of itself, is just hard. You have to just do it for its own sake. "
" People's passion and desire for authenticity is strong. "
" All the networks have always been willing to have ethnic people as the third or fourth lead or the best friend to the white person. But to actually let a black family or an Asian family carry a show, that's something where there hasn't really been a precedent set in terms of a real financial gain. "
" Make sure your work is never results-oriented. The result is a byproduct of the work, in a way. "
" I don't aspire to just play things that are like me. Whether the accent is Taiwanese or British or Canadian - that is the very craft in which I was trained. It is my absolute privilege and honor to do that. "
" People are embracing the thing that made them different growing up instead of letting that thing elicit shame. "
" Authentic programming that shows the outside world garners authentic interest. "
" I wish reporters were more in tune to the difference between the Asian experience and the Asian-American experience. I think often they lump the two together and think that when I talk about Asian-American narratives that they can cite 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' or 'Mulan' as proof of concept when it's a different experience. "
" I do think there are some actors that can get away with trying to be funny, and they're still funny because they're just likeable, and you want to see them. Me, though, when you see me trying to be funny, it's like the worst thing in the world. It's needy, it's cloying, it's manipulative - it's bad. "
" My family is Chinese-Taiwanese. I'm from Richmond, Virginia. The community in which I grew up was pretty white. The storybooks you got at school featured white children and an animal, or animals, and as you got older, the novels you were assigned were about, like, the problems of white boys and their dogs. "
" I passionately support Hillary Clinton for president because she has devoted her life to public service and has been willing to learn and change along the way by listening to the people she serves. "
" The one dream I have is to do a musical. I love singing, but most people don't know because I don't sell myself as a musical person. My dream is to play Audrey in 'Little Shop of Horrors' - it would be so interesting to have an Asian Audrey because it's all about achieving the American dream in a sinister, success-driven way. "
" I was emotional. I wanted to be taken seriously. I was pretty emo. I was reciting Shakespeare monologues when I was 10. I still know the whole 'To be, or not to be...' monologue, because I knew it when I was 10. "
" I'd rather lose all my stuff than lose myself, because I've done that before, and that feels way worse. "
" There were so few Asians on-screen when I grew up, and the ones who were on-screen weren't given complex characters to play. "
" I'm not a naturally social-media inclined person. I still prefer phone calls to texts/emails. I... hate texts. "
" Listening to an underserved population is how you begin to understand them and serve them better. "
" If the expression of and advocating for your values makes you lose a job or a person, then that person/job sorta just... wasn't your heart's tribe. "
" Everyone's going to fail at some point. Even if you choose the steadiest career, you're going to go through that. "
" I'm constantly paranoid that I'll be unemployed for the rest of my life... and have to go back folding shirts at the Gap, which you know... you gotta do what you gotta do. "
" You're never going to please everyone, and if you do, there's something wrong. "
" I don't have the best family life. I'm not going to have a sob story and be like, my parents abandoned me, because they didn't. But they also are not that present. When I'm alone, I'm alone. I don't have anybody to call, and so I have to create meaning from myself. "
" If the writing is good, then the writing is already funny. All you have to do is make this funny writing true to the very deepest of your heart, and the fact that you are capable of making this true will be hysterical. "
" Usually, I'll be auditioning for the third lead, and there will be Latina actresses, Indian actresses, African American actresses because it will be like, 'Let's check off this box. We have our lead white girl, and we need an ethnic slot.' "
" At one point, I quit acting for a little bit to study psycholinguistics - somewhat a more practical career. It just didn't feel right. "
" It's my privilege to be able to play somebody not myself. I'm an actor who creates characters based in voice, movement, emotional quality, speech. "
" If somebody judges me, then they're not my people, and that's all right. "
" My first Asian role model was Michelle Kwan. Her beauty comes from within. She's also really beautiful on the outside. But when I first saw her ice-skate, her performance was so moving and beautiful that she just glowed. "