Interview with Andrea Bang
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1. I know you, but some people may not.
So could you please introduce yourself to the world?
"Hi. My name is Andrea Bang and you might’ve seen me on TV or in the Movies. But more likely as the person across the street walking too fast."
2. What was your first job in the entertainment industry?
Also, what did you do before that?
"My first on-set job was as an extra on Night at the Museum? I can’t remember which one. I was one of 500 people in a theatre scene. It was really exciting for me because I got to do my favourite thing: sit on my butt and watch a movie. Yes, it took a hundred times longer but fun nonetheless. Before (and after) that I was working in admin."
3. Did you study acting before getting into the industry?
"My journey into acting started with taking a class here and a class there since high-school. Eventually I pursued it more regularly and got an agent. I would encourage anyone interested in getting into the industry to take classes - whether it’s through a degree, continuing studies, part-time classes, etc. It’s an opportunity to meet fellow actors, hone your skills and even see if you like it or not."
4. If you could work with anyone you'd want,
who would that person be and why?
"Who I want to work with changes all the time but one of the people that is always on that wish list is Bong Joon-Ho. I’ve been a fan of his since Memories of Murder and became an even bigger fan after Mother. He’s just soooo good and I’d love to see his process in action. Plus, that’d probably mean I’d get to work with Kang-ho Song too!"
5. What does a normal day in your life looks like?
"It really depends on the time of year. But for the most part, a normal day is full of binging a show. Right now it’s The Office (for the millionth time). Before that it was The Sinner. It’s really a chance for me to escape because otherwise I’m writing, researching or audition-prepping which takes up a ton of brain/emotional space. The rest of the time I don’t know what I do with my life. Think about what to eat?"
6. Where is your favorite place to be and why?
"At home. Is that terrible? It’s the place I feel the most comfortable. I can kick off my socks, fart, laze around, eat Nutella with my fingers. I’m actually really gross. Another favourite place is the nearest park. I love the fact that you have nature on one side and the city on the other."
7. If you could, what would be the one advice
you would want to give to your younger self?
"Invest. Invest in Youtube, Netflix... ALL OF IT! But I’m horrible at business so I’d probably end up investing in Metube and Nutflux and feel completely jipped that future Andrea time-travelled just to ruin young Andrea’s life. She’s the worst."
8. What is one of the best advice that you've got?
Who was the person that gave it to you?
"I have a terrible memory. But the one I can remember is something my sister told me before my Kim’s Convenience audition: <if the role's meant to be yours, it'll be yours>. And I take that with me to all my auditions."
9. What is your biggest accomplishment so far?
"I don’t like saying one accomplishment is bigger than another. Recently I went to an audition and wasn’t as nervous as I usually am. I left with a huge smile on my face. The other day I really really really really really really didn’t want to exercise but I forced myself to and was happier for it. It’s the little things."
10. If you could book any role in the next years to come,
what would that dream role be?
"I would love to be in a horror drama. I can’t watch horror films because they scare the bejesus out of me but I think it’d be a lot of fun to be in one. What can I say, I love intense emotions. That and an offbeat dramedy. And a classic 80s rom-com. And an action comedy would be a blast. So pretty much everything. To be honest, a dream role is anything I could sink my teeth into. Where the character gets to go through a journey, evolve, and (maybe) change. Getting to learn/do something new is always a plus too."
11. Is there anything you can disclose about any new project?
"My sister and I are writing a comedy feature right now. We’ve been working on it for a while and hopefully will get to make it one day."
12. What is the best part about life on set?
"The food! It’s always better than anything I can make at home.
And the people! ...who make the food."
13. In the end, is there anything you'd like to say to the people who support you?
"THANK YOU for your support! For watching the stuff I do and make. For being the Laverne to my Shirley; the Kumar to my Harold. For being that person in the movie who is always giving a thumbs up, or slow-clapping. Everyone needs a crew like that. So thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU."
Andrea Bang is an actress and writer, best known for her ork on projects like: LUCE, Running with Violet, Kim's Convenience, Camp Death III in 2D!, Sunnyhearts Community Centre etc.
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