The highly anticipated Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is officially opening next week, March 15. We highlighted the Chinese-Filipina American actress T.V. Carpio in our Spring issue, who is tackling the role of Arachne, Spider-Man’s villainous love. Here, 10 things about T.V. you may not know.
1. She was born Teresa Victoria Carpio, named for her mother, Teresa Carpio, an award-winning Hong Kong performer.
“But my name was initially just T.V. My father said, ‘this T.V. is here,’ because my mother had a TV show at the time and for some reason he just wanted to call me T.V. and mom was appalled by the idea.”
2. Ethnically, she’s Chinese and Filipino.
“I have one Shanghainese grandparent, one grandparent from Malaysia, one from China, and one from the Philippines.”
3. The 29-year-old was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Hong Kong, the oldest of eight siblings (ranging from 4- to 18-years-old).
4. Because T.V. attended an international school school in Hong Kong, she says the concept of racism never crossed her mind until she moved to America when she was 11.
5. When she caught the acting bug:
“I sort of just fell into acting. I was auditioning for a bunch of things and I ended up auditioning for a Spike Lee Project [Sucker Free City] for Showtime. And when I got that it was a lead role, I decided well maybe I should try acting. That’s how I started really.”
6. How she channeled an eight-legged evil goddess:
“Well, I think every part you do have little bits of you in it, and whatever is not like you, you make it up.”
7. Theatre or TV?
“They’re very different. And each has their own advantages. There are just things that I love about them. The thing about theater is that you have to reprove yourself every night, which has its own challenge…and film, you get to do it, I mean they’re all different, film, you know, hopefully you get to do it as many time to get that one shot and it’s much more subtle, and television is much more fact-based. I love it all. I’m not really complaining whether I get a job because I’m just happy I have one.”
8. Advice from mom she lives by:
“Keep your eyes and ears open, and your mouth shut, you go and do your job and you go home.”
9. Down time:
“Vintage and classic movies. I love watching movies.”
10. What’s next:
“I have no idea, I don’t predict the future. I don’t really plan. I just take one thing at a time. There’s no use in planning because by the time you get to the point of when you think you plan what you are gonna plan, it never goes the way you plan.”
– Linda Lam