Jamie Chung is the real deal. She is the perfect mix of sexy and sweet, with a ton of smarts thrown in. She starred in BIG HERO 6, SUCKER PUNCH, THE HANGOVER PART II and PART III, THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR as well as an arch as ‘Mulan’ on the hit television series Once Upon a Time. She was also a part of the Alfonso Cuaron/J.J. Abrams produced series Believe. And now she is back, and this time she has taken on a little more comedy with a leading role in the Hulu Original Series Resident Advisors, which is currently available.
Having had the opportunity to chat with the actress before, I was excited to sit down with her once again. Jamie is so damn beautiful, yet about a cool as you can imagine. During our conversation we discussed the new series, as well as her own college experiences over at UCR. We also talked about being on The Real World, Amish reality shows, and her favorite comic book character. And finally, we finished off this fun conversation talking about great places to eat in Los Angeles. You can catch the truly awesome Jamie Chung currently on Resident Advisors on Hulu.
Why a series? What brought you to Hulu and this show?
It’s rare that I ever get the opportunity to do comedy to be honest. My fear with television is that you don’t know the true evolution of a character. You can get lost, you can get written off. It takes twists and turns that are kind of unexpected. It’s kind of great, but it’s also great to be able to read all seven scripts in front of you, because they had all the scripts done before we started shooting. So in terms of the evolution of all the characters, of the storyline, where everyone moves and jives throughout the series, it was just so funny. And I’ve never had the chance to play a character like this. It was clear the way she started, and it was really fun to watch her evolve and loosen up, and have fun, and become one of the core members of the R.A. group. She was an outsider when she started with the R.A.’s. And you really see her have fun and really want acceptance, and to be accepted, and to hang with the guys. It’s a fun evolution.
And plus commitment wise, you commit to a series you are gone for seven, eight or twelve months quite possibly, and you aren’t allowed to do anything else. With this show, they were like, we have less than a month to make it and we do seven episodes, it will be a hard shoot, are you down. And I was like, absolutely. The people involved, Ira [Ungerleider] and Natalia [Anderson], and the script was funny. There was a good pedigree, you know, Elizabeth Banks, such a great pedigree of comedienne’s were behind it.
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I’ve added images of Jamie yesterday at the Neon Carnival at Coachella to the gallery.
+ Public Appearances > From 2015 > April 11: Neon Carnival at Coachella
College should be a place that lends itself well to television, and doubly so when it comes to comedies, because it’s the second coming-of-age moment for most people. It can be another form of adolescence, and a time when young adults find themselves free of parental supervision and preparing for the “real world” — but mostly just screwing around and hooking up. With a college comedy, you can take more risks and explore more subjects — particularly sexuality — than you normally would in a high school drama. But collegiate sitcoms rarely do that well (especially when it’s a later season following an existing group of characters off to the dorms) and Hulu’s new acquired series Resident Advisors is no exception, though it at least takes a unique approach of filtering college life through the RAs’ perspective.
There are some television shows that have broken the college curse: A Different World, a Cosby Show spinoff that takes place at a historically black college, was a huge success; it’s currently streaming on Netflix and is the much better alternative to Resident Advisors. Undeclared, a spiritual successor to Freaks & Geeks, is the richest college-set sitcom but didn’t last. Community should go without saying, but fits every other genre before it fits into “college sitcom.” Resident Advisors, which boasts Elizabeth Banks as one of its Executive Producers, aims to fill the void in this tricky genre, but it suffers from trying too hard to rely on the raunch, the sex-crazed students, and the predictable collegiate fare to provide anything of worth.
To be fair to the sitcom, however, it does play more as a workplace comedy than a college one. At its center is strict and ambitious Resident Director Olivia (Jamie Chung, who I will always associate only with Real World) who tries to keep her residence hall in order while dealing with a bunch of fairly terrible Resident Advisors. Douglas (Ryan Hansen who, so far, is the only reason why I’ll keep watching; he has a knack for powering through underdeveloped characters) is on his fifth master’s degree and isn’t good at his job — in the pilot, Olivia is just waiting for his next mistake so she can immediately fire him. Amy (a wonderful Alison Rich) is the weirdo of the group who has to kick out her contraband pet dog and who says lines like “Before I got to college I was a virgin who was really into turtles. Now I get laid all the time and I hate turtles.” There is Tyler (Graham Rogers), the chill, cool RA who tells students that he’ll confiscate their booze and drugs for his own personal use. Tyler is the requisite pervert — he relentlessly hits on his residents, he sniffs Olivia’s sheets — and is a rich white dude only in college because his father paid for the stadium (he practically brags about this to the only black RA, Sam (Andrew Bachelor), who is poor and works six jobs to stay afloat).
From all of us here at Jamie Chung Online we would like to wish Jamie a very Happy Belated Birthday!
I have added images of Jamie at the JustFab Ready-To-Wear Launch Party on the 1st of this month to the gallery.
+ Public Appearances > From 2015 > April 1: JustFab Ready-To-Wear Launch Party
Photos of Jamie at the Tove Lo special performance have been added to the gallery.
+ Public Appearances > From 2015 > March 26: Tove Lo Special Performance at Banana Republic Flatiron Flagship Store
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