Jamie Chung graces the small screen this Fall as the lead in the highly anticipated ABC Family show SAMURAI GIRL.
Samurai Girl is on September 5th, 6th and 7th on ABC Family, so make sure you watch it and let us know what you think.
The show revolves around Heaven (Chung), the adopted daughter of wealthy parents, who strives to balance a normal life with the Samurai traditions of her ancestors. The show premieres September 2008. Chung will next be seen starring in Twentieth Century Fox’s adventure film DRAGON BALL opposite Justin Chatwin and Emmy Rossum. Dragonball was originally published by Tokyo’s Jump Comics and adapted into graphic novels, video games and a highly-rated television series. James Wong will bring this successful Japanese cultural export to the silver screen and Stephen Chow will be producing. The film is set for release on April 8, 2009.
In this interview for Beauty Interviews Jamie talks to Marta Walsh about her roles in the Samurai Girl and Dragonball and shares some of her beauty secrets.
Can you tell us about some of the highlights of your career so far?
I started of with a soap opera. I really enjoyed my character it was very different from anything I’ve done before. It has a tragic life. My breakout role I believe would be Samurai Girl, it’s coming out September 5th, 6th and 7th and it has just been an amazing adventure. From kicking butt through martial arts, swinging the Samurai Katana sword, and learning the Samurai way. As well as emotionally growing as a character and as an actor. It has been fantastic. Also, Dragonball which comes out in April of 2009. I don’t know if you ever seen the cartoon, but it is based on a Dragonball series by Viz Media which has been a mega comic success in Japan, the Unites States, and internationally. Dragonball has a huge cult following. I got to play the role of Chi Chi which is Goku’s love interest played by Justin Chatwin. The movie was shot in Mexico City and in Durango City. Dragonball is my first motion picture deal, I never done anything like this before. It was pretty ecstatic to play these roles back to back.
What attracted you initially to this role?
Samurai Girl is making television history. It is the first Asian lead as well as a majority of Asian cast in a one hour drama, which was never done before. What really attracted me to the script is that it has a 19 year old girl who is forced to grow up and become an independent and a strong individual. It’s rare that you see an Asian or a female lead in general for young teenage girls to look up to.
How do you keep your hair so beautiful?
I use Matrix Shampoo and Conditioner. I always use Kerastase Ciment Thermique Leave In Reconstructing Milk for Weekend Hair, it is a leave in conditioner before you use a curling iron or blow drying.
What are some of your favorite skincare products?
Clinique Just For Eyes the cream as well as Clinique moisturizer and Shiseido moisturizer. I always put on an SPF that is very important. For my body I use SPF 70, I want to tan but I don’t want to get wrinkles.
How do you get your eye lashes long, full and sexy?
I religiously use Kiss Me Tube Mascara, it is brilliant.
What is your signature fragrance?
Dior Miss Dior Cherie.
What one beauty product we will always find in your purse?
My T. LeClerc powder. It is a French brand. It is really great. It is been around forever. As well as my sue uemura Eyelash Curler.
What is your number one beauty secret?
An under eye MAC concealer makes a huge difference and I always love coloring my eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil. Eyes are the first thing you are attracted to.
Which celebrities do you find most beautiful?
I love Leighton Meester from the hit TV show Gossip Girl and Sienna Miller.
What is your favorite way to relax?
I love getting massages, particularly a deep tissue massage and then going in a steam room. I also go for walks and hikes.
Which city do you love the most?
Paris. It is such a romantic city with a beautiful culture. I love the weather in LA, and the industry. It is always busy, and there is always something going on.
What one or two things some people may not know about Jamie Chung?
I love to keep it low key and I love going to nice restaurants. This is another thing I like about LA, it allows you to try new things.
What’s next for Jamie Chung?
Most actresses start of with romantic comedies or dramas and I also want to play in a romantic comedy. I want my character to fall in love. Romantic comedies are so much fun.