Justin Chon of the Twilight Series Films (Interview)
One of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars, Justin Chon, recently gave Ink an exclusive interview. In 2008, he played Eric Yorkie in the film Twilight, based on the book by Stephenie Meyer. Justin will reprise his role as Eric Yorkie in Twilight's sequels New Moon and subsequently Eclipse.
A down-to-earth and simple person, Justin was a delight to talk to!
1. You have come a long way since you started out in Hollywood. You seem to be picking up a variety of roles from playing a young, geeky, energetic Eric in Twilight, to playing a more serious role in Crossing Over. What kind of roles can we expect from you in the near future?
I would love to play roles that challenge me and that are unconventional.
2. When did you realize you wanted to be an actor?
I knew I wanted to be an actor after having seen one of my dad’s films.
3. As a musician, would you ever consider taking music up as a serious profession?
No, I’d like to keep music for myself.
4. How did you get the role of Eric Yorkie in Twilight? Had you read the book(s) prior to going into audition? [We know you have probably been asked this question a gazillion times before, but we just HAD to ask it again?]
I hadn’t read the books and I auditioned just like any other movie...
5. What is your personal take on the Twilight story? Can you understand why millions of people around the world are going stark raving mad over it and its series?
I love it, and yes I can understand because it has such universal themes.
6. How did you prepare for your role in Twilight and New Moon?
I read the books and did a variety of character research and choice making.
7. What universal underlying message do you think Twilight sends out, that people seem to be able to relate to all over the world?
You want what you can’t have and love conquers all.
8. How has shooting New Moon been? Do you think audiences will be happy with it when it is released? Will expectations be fulfilled?
I think New Moon will be wonderful and will exceed people's expectations.
9. In your opinion, how does an artist stay grounded even after becoming extremely popular? Do you think you are handling stardom well so far? Does your father’s statement “Never get too comfortable because it can all be gone at any moment”, apply to your outlook on this?
Yes what my father says is very true. I just try to take it day by day and realize it’s temporary.
10. Did you guys [the whole cast] have a lot of fun on set while filming Twilight & New Moon? If so, what kind of fun?
We had loads of fun. We just cracked a lot of jokes.
11. What kind of a relationship do you have with your co-stars off and on set?
We are all friends. We like to eat a lot of dinners together.
12. Was it difficult working with a new Director on New Moon? What difference did you see in the style of direction between Catherine and Chris Weitz?
They have completely different styles. However, working on New Moon was a breeze. I had a great time.
13. Who is the funniest amongst your co-stars? Who made you guys laugh the most during filming?
I would say Mike because I spend the most time with him.
14. Why do you think Eric, and basically all the rest of the guys, like Bella so much? Why is she the ‘shiny new toy’?
Its’ a small town, and look at her she’s beautiful.
15. Which scenes in Twilight and New Moon did you like filming the most? Why?
The worm scene because it was improvised.
16. Can you relate to your character Eric in any way? Were you like him in High School?
I wasn’t really like Eric at all in High School but I do relate with the awkwardness of being a teenager.
17. Will you be in Eclipse?
18. What was it like starring with the likes of Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd in the movie Crossing Over? Did you feel intimidated?
No, it’s just another job and they are merely people.
19. You have an intense [amazing acting on your part by the way!] scene in Crossing Over where you are holding a gun to an innocent woman’s head and crying because you’re confused as to what you should do to get out of the situation you’re in, while a cop points a gun at you. How did you prepare for that scene? What were you making yourself feel when you were acting it out? Was it hard displaying those kinds of emotions?
That was a very difficult scene. There is nothing I did in particular to prepare for that one scene. It was preparation I did for the whole film that contributed. It was a very hard movie to do.
20. What message would you like to convey through Ink, to your fans in South Asia?
I would like to say thanks for enjoying me in Twilight and I hope that all of you will continue to support my acting career. I will try my best to entertain and move you guys ... thanks soooo much.