Jamie Chung’s skills extend beyond acting. This newlywed also has a knack for decorating and entertaining. Case in point: her stunning backyard. The Once Upon a Time star recently joined forces with reasonably priced online home retailer Joss & Main to give her outdoor space a swoon-worthy makeover. After you see it, you’ll understand why Jamie loves throwing al fresco parties.
Her big tip for outdoor entertaining? “Set the time for arrival an hour or two before the sun sets or make sure there is a shaded area for your guests and make sure there is plenty of seating!” It’s all too easy to forget that the sun greatly influences the temperature, so planning around this is an all-star hostess move. Jamie adds that she always has bug repellant candles and SPF on hand to keep everyone comfortable.
Jamie’s deck was stained dark, so when designing the space she says one of her first goals was to lighten the space up. “I picked out the carpet and a couple of vases I thought would look really nice, and the Joss and Main team picked out these cool wicker chairs and sofa.”
Most people think of accent decor as an inside-only design feature, but layers of pillows, blankets, and area rugs are just the thing to make your outdoor space feel like a cosy extension of your living room.
“Succulents are the way to go!” Jamie says when asked her secret to the abundant greenery on her patio. “We get sun almost all year-round, and California has had a horrible drought for the past couple of years, so plants that require less water are the way to go.”
Wanting to avoid anything clunky, while still decorating with the comfortable pieces her husband Bryan loves, Jamie went with a mix of metal, rattan, and wicker furniture. It’s inviting while being able to stand up to the elements.
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Jamie Chung says adopting 2-year-old miniature Schnauzer-Shih Tzu Ewok with husband Bryan Greenberg has taught them both lots of life lessons — including how to be ready for potential future children.
“It’s always nice, especially with a partner, to be able to put something else before ourselves, and it’s taught us a lot of responsibilities,” the Gotham star, 34, tells PEOPLE exclusively for the 2017 World’s Most Beautiful issue. “It’s kind of like a training baby I guess you could say. It’s wonderful. It requires us to communicate more with each other.”
Another perk of being dog owners?
“It’s certainly gotten us healthier,” says Chung. “We’re always outdoors, we’re always at a park, we’re always checking out the local hikes. It’s fun.”
The actress says her pup — who was named after the Star Wars characters because “he had the markings of an Ewok” when she brought him home from Saving SPOT! Dog Rescue in Los Angeles when he was 8 weeks old — sometimes acts more like a cat than a dog.
“He’s just an overall quirky guy,” says Chung. “He loves light, and any reflection he goes absolutely nuts.”
Chung says Ewok also loves water — “When it snows or when it rains, he likes to bite and chase raindrops and snowflakes — it’s the cutest thing!” — but he’s afraid of small children.
“He’s kind of wary of toddlers because they’re so unstable and unpredictable, and they’re eye-level, so I think it kind of freaks him out!”
‘Stranger Things’ actor Noah Schnapp and Virginia Madsen also star.
Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis will star in 1985, an AIDS drama from Yen Tan.
Stranger Things actor Noah Schnapp and Big Hero Six’s Jamie Chung are also set to star in the indie, which will begin shooting in late May in Texas.
The feature is based on Tan’s short of the same name, which won the special jury prize at last year’s SXSW. He expanded the script for the drama and is directing.
The film focuses on terminally-ill Adrian (Smith), who flies home from New York to visit his estranged family in Texas. His attempt at revealing his circumstances to his conservative parents (Madsen, Chiklis) are challenged when he reconnects with his pre-teen brother (Schnapp) and his old flame (Chung).
The pic is being produced by Emmy Award-winner Ash Christian for Cranium Entertainment and producer HutcH for MuseLessMime Productions.
Nancy Schafer, Monte Zajicek and Stacey Davis are executive producing. Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore will also serve as executive producers in addition to co-financing and handling sales through their outfit, Green-Light International.
The film 1985 marks a bit of a Gotham big-screen reunion. Smith plays Edward Nigma on the Batman/DC Entertainment-based television show on which Chiklis also appears. Chung, who voices GoGo Tomago on Big Hero Six, has also appeared on the show, playing Valerie Vale.
Madsen currently appears on ABC’s Designated Survivor. Schnapp returns for season two of Stranger Things this fall.
Jamie turns 34 today and we want to wish her the best of birthdays! We wish happiness, health, love!
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