Get to Know ‘The Interview”s Diana Bang

HERITAGE: Korean

AGE: “I’m of age.”

BORN & RAISED: Vancouver, Canada

CLAIM TO FAME: Diana Bang stars in the action-comedy film The Interview, starring James Franco as entertainment reporter Dave Skylark, and Seth Rogan as his producer, Aaron Rapoport. After finding out that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, played by Randall Park, is a huge fan of their show, the pair land an interview with the Supreme Leader. As they prepare for their journey to North Korea, the CIA intervenes and recruits the two to assassinate Kim. “Funny things are said. Hilarity ensues. Guffaws, chuckles, hee-haws,” says Bang, who plays the propaganda chief for Kim Jong-un and acts as Dave and Aaron’s tour guide in North Korea. As for her character? “She’s strong, kickass and loves her country.”


My go-to karaoke song: Any Little Mermaid song, but it’s a sad state of affairs if for some reason you’re listening to me sing.
The last time I cried: A few nights ago. I had a dream where I was super mad at someone while also needing to go to the bathroom really badly, but had to wait in line for over an hour.
What always makes me laugh: The unexpected.
My go-to comfort food: Cake. Cheese. Glico Curry. Soon tofu soup.
The last thing I ate: Poppyseed square. Serious deliciousness.
Current song on “repeat:” I’m a dunce when it comes to music. I kinda listen to whatever’s on the radio.
A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: Project Runway and the Food Network.
Current favorite place: In a forest on a mountain.
Drink of choice: Red wine. Fizzy water.
Current obsessions: Commuter cycling. It’s cheap, fast, easy and environmentally friendly. Plus, the helmet indent left on my forehead is highly fashionable.
Pet peeve: I don’t like it when my clothes or hair smell like food. Gotta be careful with the Korean barbecue restaurants.
Habit I need to break: Procrastination.
Hidden talent: I’m a mighty fine couch potato.
Talent I’d like to have: I wish I could sing and play the cello.
Word I most overuse: Sadly, I insert “like” into too many things I say.
Favorite hashtag: #cats.
Greatest fear: Being tickled to death by disembodied hands.
Motto: Be kind. Work hard. Have fun.
What’s cool about being Asian: Growing up in North America with an outsider’s perspective. THE FOOD. I’m on my way to ajumma-dom!
My job in another life: If I had the talent and skills, any one of the following: dancer, spy, musician, psychologist or scientist.

 

Photo by Danaea Li
Styling by Hey Jude Shop
Hair & Makeup by Aaron Wozlowski

This story was originally published in our Winter 2014-15 issue. Get your copy here. 

 

ON THAT NOTE: Clara C

FULL NAME Clara Fisher

HERITAGE Korean American

AGE 26

CLAIM TO FAME After an eventful year (she got married, hence the name, and she released an acoustic album, Organika), the New York native singer-songwriter is currently working on, in her own words, “*drum roll*… Brand Spankin’ New Songs!”

Go-to karaoke song: “Forgot about Dre” or “Always Be My Baby.”

Last time I cried: Laughing with my friends.

Always makes me laugh: Stand up comedy.

Go-to comfort food: Ramen. No joke. I’m an addict and recently gave myself an intervention.

Last thing I ate: Garlic brussel sprouts, roasted butternut squash and agedashi tofu.

Currently on “repeat” on my iPod: Pharrell’s “Happy.” Trying not to listen to it too much because I don’t ever want to feel annoyed by hearing it.

A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: The. Spice. Girls.

Current favorite place: Any tropical waterside location. I dream of moving to Hawaii.

Favorite drink: I’m a whiskey lover with a growing collection.

Current obsession: DIY things. I’ve been building my own furniture, and it’s so addicting. It’s arts & crafts meets functional avant-garde artistry!

Pet peeve: Bad smells (breath, body odor, feet, etc.).

Habit I need to break: Hot Fries, Hot Cheetos, Hot Cheetos Puffs … the whole damn Hot Cheetos family needs to leave me alone! Or rather, I need to leave them alone.

Hidden talent: Latin ballroom dancing, i.e. salsa, mambo.

Talent I’d like to have: Drawing. Although my stick figures will give yours a run for their money.

Word or phrase I most overuse: I try never to over- use words or phrases. Keep it fresh on the daily.

Someone you follow on Twitter we’d be surprised about: I just logged in to see and I have no clue why or when I started following Harry Styles of One Direction.

Greatest fear: Spiders. Nasty little buggers.

Motto: Live, love, learn, laugh.

What’s cool about being Asian: Getting cash- money on New Year’s and Korean food.
My job in another life: Actress!

This story was originally published in our Spring 2014 issue. Get your copy here