Moi: Now, it’s my understanding you got into acting with the intention of changing views of Asian Americans (males in particular). However, there’s this notion that in order for people of color to “come up” in American media, they have to be in films and shows helmed by and starring Caucasians. What inspired you to audition for a Blasian show?I gotta tell you - he's hilarious. And utterly, wickedly, joyful.
The Main Man: What inspired me to audition for the show was the fact that they were just looking for an "everyday man" that just happened to be Asian. That's what really drew me to the project. They weren't looking to fill the role of a stereotypical Asian nerd or tech wizard. "Dre" was just an everyday man with everyday problems. That's really what I'm trying to portray to everyone: Asian Americans are just everyday people with everyday problems and are no different than anyone else in the United States. We're all just people.
In the “intimacy” department, Romeo Must Die disappointed a lot of fans. Ninja Assassin was a source of hope, but it too fell short in that area. Once again, Asian male sexuality was repressed. What can fans expect to be different about Audrey & Dre in this respect?
"Audrey & Dre" definitely do not hold back in the area of sexuality. In fact, it's one area that they explore as a couple.
What was it like filming the intimate scenes in Audrey & Dre? I’m always amazed at how actors do that with a film crew in the room. Have you done such scenes before?
It was fun/crazy/nerve-racking all in one while filming the intimate scenes for "Audrey & Dre". I had never done anything like that before and was really concerned about making sure Audrey was comfortable with me in the scene. I think she kept telling me to loosen up and really "don't hold back". ;) She is great to work with and made the set really fun and relaxed, so having the film crew there really didn't bother me. I just relied on my acting training to really play the relationship so the scene would come off as intimate.
Never done that before, huh? Could've fooled me! Could've fooled a lot of us! I notice the ladies have expressed an interest in Mr. Andrew Chen. Just from watching the first preview, one commenter wrote: “… He's one of them sneak attack type dudes. You gotta watch them closely. They'll have the panties dropped before you can say "What?"” Another describes you as “…pretty sexy.”
Wow! I didn't know people wrote that about me. I'll have to browse through the comments. Hahaha!
I'll say! You're creating a ripple with the ladies. Are you currently attached (you know they'll want to know)? What do you look for in a woman?
I'm not married...but I know that's not what you're asking. ;)...Some of the key traits that I look for in a partner: She has to be intellectually stimulating; i.e., having her own opinions and interests that don't necessarily need to be the same as mine. I definitely look for someone who is outgoing and fun to be around. Being a driven individual is important as well; having a life goal or a purpose in life, regardless of how big or small it is.
Ms. Kelley stated in an interview that she was surprised there was such a great interest in the Blasian genre. What are your thoughts on this steadily growing market?
Prior to working on Audrey & Dre, I did not know that there was such a genre. I am happy that it exists and am glad to see that the genre is growing and strengthening its voice.
Andrew Chen of "Audrey & Dre" - an Excerpt
the main man himself: