For Battleground dramedy leading man, Jay Hayden, how he looks is only half the battle.
ISSUE: Spring 2012
STORY: Courtney Hong
“Is it weird that I don’t feel like I have any culture at all?” says actor Jay Hayden. “Korean people don’t think that I am Korean. White people don’t think that I am white. I’m other…the ethnically ambiguous hero.”
AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead may have dropped its old writers and picked up a new season, but until filming starts, Korea-born, Detroit native Steven Yeun fills us in on his college days, typical ways, and inspirations as well as fears. Oh, and he also discusses his character Glenn’s unknown fate in the upcoming 13 episodes. Who knows if the original series will follow suit with the original comic book series that it’s based on, but one thing we do know — you can get a copy of The Walking Dead Season 1 DVD, out today.
Angela Sun is a plastic guru, and not in the surgical way. An active environmentalist, the host of Yahoo! Sports Minute and co- host for NBC’s 1st Look is all about healthy, clean living. “I collected all the plastic I used in a week and within three days had enough to fill a huge bag of trash,” she says. Sun went to an even bigger dump to film her documentary Plastic Paradise — what’s known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Midway Atoll of the Pacific Ocean.
We’ve all used spray devices as ways to get rid of things we do not want: from bugs and bites to unwelcome odors. Now, in China, sprays are being used to get rid of something that we all experience: hunger.
So, who doesn’t want hunger? On October30th in Beijing, China, International Fashion Week kicked off with the “Tang-Jing” Fashion Show in the Golden Hall of Beijing Hotel.
There was a lot of spraying going on backstage, from hair to perfume, but there was one spray that was not allowed. On the backstage curtain read a sign in both English and Chinese, “Models must eat before going on runway. Spraying your hunger away is not enough!”
The spray they are referring to is SENSASLIM, which is being described as a dieter’s dream, and an easy way to lose weight without ever feeling hungry. With its slogan, “nothing tastes as good as slim feels”, it is no surprise that the sign was posted this year by organizers concerned about the spray. Their concerns stem from a repeat incident last year where a model collapsed on the catwalk from lack of energy brought about by food deprivation.
Norwegian model, Erjana Ala, discovered the Sensaslim spray in her native Norway where it has recently been released.
“The other girls saw me spray it, and now everyone is wanting it,” Ala said. “It isn’t in China yet, so the girls are buying it on the internet and getting it sent by courier. It’s crazy how everyone is asking me where they can get it.”
Sensaslim Research Director Dr. Sommerville said Sensaslim is administered three times a day, by two sprays onto the tongue, ten minutes before meals, and should not be used instead of food entirely.
“Sensaslim was not designed for the underweight or normal weighted people but for those who are overweight or obese and need to lose large amount of weight,” he said. “We would not encourage models to use it more than once a day as it is may work too well.”
You got a taste of Glee‘s Harry Shum, Jr., in our Fall 2010 issue. The Costa Rica-born Chinese American is a mega-talent, dancing in the summer’s Step Up 3D, dancing and choreographing the Legion of Extraordinary Dancer (catch his Elliot Hoo episode here), and now back as Mike Chang in the season premiere of Glee, Tuesday, September 21. If you wanna see him in the flesh, you just might catch him (and a bunch of other stars) at Audrey’s Night Out 2010, our fashion event extravaganza on September 23, 2010. Buy tickets now, because we always sell out early.
Here, writer Han Cho gives us more from her interview with Harry Shum, Jr.
Q: Do you think your multicultural background has helped you relate to the multicultural cast of Glee?
Harry Shum, Jr.: Yes, I am very fortunate. I am very thankful for my parents for making me be open to things. My best analogy, I like to look at it like food. I love all different kinds of food, I love eating. I’m open to try anything. Sometimes I won’t like it, and sometimes I’ll find something good. And that’s what I do when I meet people in general. I am open to meeting anybody, everybody and learning about what they’re about. And sometimes it might be their culture or their different personalities. And yeah, with the Glee cast, everyone has a different background for the most part, and I think that’s what makes the show so great. What makes the show so popular is that someone can relate to it in some way, whether it be a character or an issue.
Q: How is Glee different from High School Musical?
HSJ: I think my friend said it the best: “Glee is as if High School Musical got punched in the stomach and got their lunch money taken away.” I think the only similarity is that there is singing and dancing. But beyond that, it’s in the scope of the choir room. That’s the setting. That’s what we do every day after you finish your class, it’s our extracurricular activity. That’s our second life outside of school.
I think definitely it’s a show that tackles all sorts of issues, especially like what it means to be gay in high school or race issues, and I think [creator and writer] Ryan Murphy hinted that he wants to dive into what it means to have faith and the questions surrounding it. I think it’s really tackling the issues that people go through everyday, and I think not many shows do that anymore. The writers are so brilliant that they like to take that extra leap and question things. They might get themselves in trouble, but at least they spark some conversation.
Q: On Glee, you play the role of the football player who deviates from the norm and joins the choir. You don’t see many Asian men in that role where they are playing the tough guy or jock. Could you share your thoughts on that?
HSJ: I have to commend the writers for doing that. You have the stereotype of Asians that they’re nerds and all that, and I think it’s really cool that they made Mike Chang a football player. From there, it goes from you’re on the football team and you’re popula, and then you go into into the glee club, and you’re non-existent after that. You’re on the bottom of the levels of popularity. As far as Mike Chang goes, he’s a guy who has this ability, and one of his lines is, “I was afraid outside my room.” He found this thing, this art that he is able to express publicly. And I think it says a lot for this character and a lot of people. A lot of people are scared to showcase what they have.
Q: Do you draw upon your personal experiences when you play this role?
HSJ: Definitely. As myself too, I was very quiet, and I didn’t talk much. I was afraid to talk to people. I didn’t know what they would think of me. And with this character, it’s still developing. I still don’t know much about the character because the character wasn’t as developed as it will hopefully be in the second season. I’m open to see what, who Mike Chang really, really is, but I know he’s going to open a lot more. He’s taken Artie’s girlfriend. He’s got some balls.
Q: So we can expect to see you with more of a speaking role next season?
HSJ: Yeah. We’re going to be shooting soon for that.
HSJ: I’m an actor in it, a dancer, and a choreographer for it. I recently got bumped up to producer. It’s really cool to be in all aspects of it. In a sense, it’s like a dream project because you get to be a part of every single thing. With LXD, what I’m so proud of, besides being a part of it, is that it’s the first of its kind. There’s been webseries, but we like to call these “dance adventures.” When you watch them, they’re like Origin stories with different characters. These episodes aren’t 30 minutes or an hour. They range from 7 to 15 minutes. What’s cool is that you watch it, and you’re gonna see some awesome dancing and see a story unfold. It’s like little pieces to a puzzle. And people are really getting into it and trying to figure out what LXD really is.
It’s a passion project. I mean, we shoot an episode in a day. And when you watch the episode, we have some awesome, awesome crew and awesome talent in front of it. What comes out of it, we don’t expect sometimes. We’re like, “OK, we have a vision for it.” Then we come together and choreograph. We get a lot of input from the dancers as well because they’re so unique in their style. But when it comes together, it’s a whole different feeling.
Q: How do you juggle the acting, the dancing and the choreographing?
HSJ: Live shows are different. One thing that doesn’t change is that you have some of the best talent in the world. You have these guys who are amazing at what they do, so we showcase them in that way, but also we tweak the music in the sense that we can make it beautiful. Usually when you look at street dance, it’s hard, and everything hits. While still keeping that integrity, we want to place something on top of it that allows you to see something different. A great example is my mom and dad. They’ve seen this style for a while, but on tour when we did it and then coupled it with classical musical, they were like, “Oh my god, the music is so beautiful, and the dancing is so beautiful.” And I was, “Mom you’ve seen this before!”
One day, I get to dance with Beyonce. The next day, I’m doing a scene with Jane Lynch or dancing on an iPod. It’s so surreal. I look, and I’m so lucky to be doing these things.
Jon Chu and Harry Shum Jr. attend the LXD after party at The Roosevelt Hotel on July 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (July 5, 2010 – Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images North America
Q: Is there a particular kind of dance you specialize in?
HSJ: I definitely can’t do everything. That’s funny. People have been asking me that a lot. I’m not a popper. I’m not a breakdancer. I’m not a locker. I’m not specific to that. I feel like I’m just fusion. I dance because I love to dance. For me, it came from freestyling. I love taking things from different styles. You might see a hint of jazz. You might see a hint of popping. I’m just unclassified, I guess. What I like to see is a dancer who likes to dance. Whatever I see and I like, I like to try it. For one of the episodes, I’m tap dancing on Glee. I’ve never tapped in my life, and I learned it three days before. And I fell in love with it. I was like, “Oh man, this is so hard, but I love this.” There are certain things I can’t do. Like ballroom, I tried that, and I was like, “Wow this is difficult.”
Q: You don’t have any professional training in dance. How did you get to where you are now?
HSJ: I think it’s really the art of mimicking. I turn my brain off and just say, “I’m just going to mirror this person.” And this is where the technique stuff falls into place.
Q: How are your parents dealing with your decision to take this unorthodox and very creative career path now?
HSJ: They’re super Asian. They were like, “Go to school, be a doctor, be a lawyer, I don’t care just make sure it has something to do with school and something to do with being adoctor.” It took a while. I had to slowly tell them. So I told them, “I’ll try school.” And I did. I went to college for a little bit, but it didn’t work out. I didn’t really like it. I had this whole opportunity to go down to L.A. And I did. I got lucky in the sense that I started getting jobs, and some tours here and there. And then came a time, where I said, “OK, I’m going to take this seriously and not get distracted from my art.” Parents are only worried that you can have a good life and make money. So I just came up with a plan, “This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to dive into the business side of entertainment as far as understand it and get myself through, and utilize it too.”
And I think it was after I started making a living out of it. But really, I think it was after they started seeing me on TV. Then they were like, “Oh!” and started telling all their friends, “He’s on TV!” That definitely helped. And especially for my dad, he still lives in Costa Rica. So he doesn’t really get it. So his friends in Costa Rica, American TV isn’t that big there, but they show Glee there. And people are going up to his work and saying, “We saw your son on the show!” And he’s really proud. And that’s also cool. His English is okay. It’s not the greatest. And ever since he found Google Translate. I can’t even translate “choreography” in Chinese, and now he can read the articles on me.
HSJ: Oh man. I’ve finally tried uni [sea urchin sushi]. I think I tasted a bad one before. Now I’m just like, if I try these things, it has to be high quality because I don’t want them to ruin it for me. Because it ruined it one time. And I love it now. And I went to the Philippines, and I tried jumping shrimp where it’s like a live shrimp and you pour a lime over it, and it’s like jumping, it’s still moving, and you squeeze the head and the tail and you eat the body of it. That was really good. And you could still taste the ocean on it.
Q: Do you have any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with Asian Americans who are pursuing an artistic, more unorthodox career like yourself?
HSJ: There’s no right way to do it. I think that there are many ways. Learning the business side of it. You know making sure you are practicing your art as much as you are understanding that business. Once you get into it, you’ll have lawyers and stuff to take care of it, but you still have to understand what you’re signing. And don’t be limited by what the media tells you of stereotypes. Because you can go against the grain. They’ll be like, “You’re not nerdy enough,” and I’ll be like, “WTF does that mean?” “You’re not Asian enough” — I’m like, “what?” I’ve been in rooms where they’re like, “No, you’re not Asian enough. You don’t fit that type. And I’ll be like, “Um, OK.” Don’t be limited by that. If you really believe where you’re going, I believe you’ll find some success. And hopefully you’ll get going and going.
Q: Any final words?
HSJ: I can’t just thank people who love what I do enough. It means a lot. You do something, and you just hope that people respond to it in some way or another. I’m just so thankful that people are supporting me in that way. And I wouldn’t be here without them.
BuddhaX is a new exercise concept that combines breakdance with power vinyasa yoga to create breakflow, a unique series of integrated dance moves and yoga poses. When done at a continuous, reasonable pace you can burn between 500 and 1,500 calories per hour (not to mention, look really cool doing it). Here, co-founder Japanese B-boy A.T.S of Rock Steady Crew demonstrates the BuddhaX CC Push-up, a core-focused movement that works out every single muscle. Try it — he swears anyone can do!
STEPS 1 & 2:
Move toward a seated pose, balancing on your left palm with your foot flat on the floor. Distribute about 65 percent of your weight on your foot (35 percent on your hand). Tighten your core muscles and breathe steadily throughout the progression of movements.
Bring your left heel down to the floor and start to shift your weight onto the left heel, beginning to twist your body to the left side.
STEPS 3 & 4:
STEPS 5 & 6:
Continue to shift your weight and twist your body to the left placing your right hand on the floor and pivoting your left foot so your weight shifts from the heel to the outside edge of the foot and then to the toes. As you shift your weight left, your right foot will naturally want to come off the ground. As it comes off the ground, carefully bend your knee.
Fully shift your weight and evenly distribute it between to your left toes and both hands, which are now flat on the floor making sure to keep your neck aligned as shown. Maintain the bend in your right knee.
With your chest facing the floor and maintaining the bended right knee, bend your elbows into a push-up and then push back up to almost straight arms (always have a micro-bend in the elbow for joint protection).
Slowly shift your weight back around back to the starting seated pose while maintaining the focus on a strong core. Make a goofy face and smile! (Then repeat on the other side.)
Over the last two weeks, the photos of the Miss Korea 2013 contestants had gone viral around the web, causing a stir with debates over plastic surgery and standards of beauty (“One Dream, One Face”), among some issues. However, more photos emerged on the web – and this time, the revealed photos of the contestants sans makeup. Of course, disappointment ensued from Korean netizens, with commentary ranging from polite to downright insulting. Upon closer glance, when you compare the before and after photos side-by-side, it seems like the after photos are result of photoshop and not a result of plastic surgery (although it could all be arguable).
Plastic surgery or not, I feel that the Miss Korea 2013 campaign still promotes a problematic standard of beauty: that there is only one standard for us to follow. Check the photos below the cut. What do you think, Audrey readers?
We’re pretty outspoken about our love for Baby Lily, played by twin baby actresses Jaden and Ella Hiller on the hit sitcom, Modern Family.
So while we are going to miss them now that EWhas revealed the show has cast the 4-year-old daughter of Korean American comedienne and longtime Audrey favorite, Amy Anderson, we are super excited by this casting news!
Aubrey Anderson-Emmons will now take over for the role of Lily, the adopted Vietnamese daughter of Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cameron (Eric Stonestreet).
Showrunner Steve Levitan lauded the child actress, calling her a “natural.”
“She really enjoys the process,” Levitan said, “And she looks just like Jaden and Ella! When we had her do a scene, she sounded natural — not like a cutesy kid actor.”
Sounds like Aubrey’s going to have an amazing time on Modern Family!
Check out KoreAm Journal’s 2009 feature story on Amy and other single KA ladies.
What do you think about the new Lily?
When it comes to herbal remedies and supplements, especially the Asian kind, there’s a lot of skepticism out there. After all, you’re more likely to hear about its usefulness from your mom who heard it from her friend or from a late-night infomercial than from your family doctor. We wanted to see what all the hype was about, so we tested out some. Here, our no-holds-barred reviews.
ISSUE: Fall 2011
DEPT: Mind & Body
STORY: Audrey Staff
Sun Chlorella $38.25 for 300 tablets sunchlorellausa.com
A huge hit in Japan, Sun Chlorella is touted to be nature’s perfect superfood — it detoxifies, increases mental alertness, and builds a stronger im- mune system.
After I got used to the smell and taste (five pills three times a day!), I started to notice that I didn’t grow as hungry or as fatigued as I did in the past. I’m already a pretty perky person so for me to get even perkier … well, that’s a whole lot of perky. I feel like overall the Sun Chlorella pills did have a positive effect on my body, though if you were to ask me for specifics, I wouldn’t be able to name it.
Photo by Karla Ticas. Wardrobe styling by Chriselle Lim, hair by Sienree Du, makeup by Leibi Carias.
Issue: Fall 2010
Girl Next Door
Former model Shay Mitchell is more than just a pretty face on ABC Family’s new hit series Pretty Little Liars. In her early 20s, the Filipina- Scottish-Irish American actress plays Emily, a redhead Caucasian in the original books on which the series is based. “She doesn’t look anything like me,” says Mitchell. “I think it says a lot. The girl-next-door isn’t just blond-haired and blue-eyed anymore.”
The show, at press time the highest rated among female teens, follows four popular high school girls whose friendship is shattered when the former leader of their clique goes missing. Some compare it to the other popular teen show Gossip Girl, except that Liars “is more of a relatable show,” says Mitchell. “We’re not riding around in jets and carrying $10,000 purses.”
In fact, the show addresses some rather serious issues, like Emily grappling with her growing attraction to another girl. “What I love about this show is that it’s putting it out there, what she’s going through,” says Mitchell. “People need to see what’s going on and, hopefully, it will create dialogue for teens and their parents.”
And it’s not just the bisexuality that makes Liars edgy. Mitchell says that the casting call for the show was full of women of all ethnicities. (Asian Americans Janel Parrish and Nia Peeples also star in the show.) “I’m finding there are so many auditions that I can go to that I’m sure actresses before me couldn’t go to five, 10 years ago,” says Mitchell. “If I feel, looking as I do, that I can be a girl next door, I think that’s a really good thing for Asian American actors.” – Han Cho
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