Justice For Vincent
Actor, Writer, Executive Producer
Thank you for being part of our zine Lawrence. Tell us about your beginnings in the industry!
Cool to be a part of Bsquared, thanks so much! I cut my first break in show business in Hong Kong hosting a prime time entertainment/lifestyle program in the 90s. I also appeared in a number of commercials and dabbled in theater there, as well. Then I branched off to Singapore where my TV career really exploded. I became an overnight sensation as the anchor and producer of Showbuzz, their flagship English entertainment news program. They dubbed me their Ryan Seacrest, though, I laugh at that moniker. It was a sweet gig because I got to travel the world interviewing the biggest and brightest names in showbiz: Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Mariah Carey, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Denzel Washington, Vin Diesel, to name a few. I even got pinched in the butt by the Spice Girls in Paris and had dinner with Boy George and Culture Club. Showbuzz led to other hosting gigs like Miss Singapore Universe and Celebrity Squares (Singapore's franchised version of Hollywood Squares). I also got to act in a number of TV romcoms and was handpicked to emcee the Vanilla Sky regional press conference with Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Crowe. Ah, the good ol’ days!
Where are you from originally and where do you live currently?
I’m from the Land of The Nicest People: Canada— as declared by Meryl Streep. Toronto, actually. Majored in journalism and gave my parents a coronary (“What, no Dr. Chau?”). I currently live in Los Angeles.
The biggest achievements in your career so far?
Given that my greatest passion is acting and my love for film is paramount, I would say my biggest achievement has been writing, producing, executive producing and starring in my short film Justice For Vincent. JFV is based on the true story of the historic murder of Vincent Chin, whose death in 1982, sparked the first nationwide Asian civil rights movement in America. It is a powerfully moving and intense film with an inspiring universal message of how people from all walks of life can rally together in a spirit of compassion and understanding to combat the forces of hate and injustice -- told from a unique Asian American perspective. We’ve won 15 awards in 10 months, including a Telly for creative excellence. I’m over the moon because this is my first film endeavor. Prior, I earned a lot of acclaim as an award-winning TV host in Singapore. I even became one of their first Omega watch ambassadors. I also broke new ground in North America as one of the few Asian male entertainment hosts with the paranormal TV series Ghostly Encounters, which has aired globally and recently in the U.S. on Destination America. Sounds easy but believe me, it’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears, and eating of humble pie.
What are the biggest challenges in your career?
Coming close, but losing out on some big acting roles to higher “celebrity status” actors with more social media followers. No joke.
Tell us about your plans for 2019!
2019 sees me immersed in the film festival circuit promoting Justice For Vincent as well as entertaining invitations to screen the film and speak at some very distinguished events and venues across the country. For instance, we were invited to screen JFV at the Museum of the Moving Image NYC, a $70 million facility in New York this past May, and it was WOW! We also secured a rare, limited theatrical release for JFV as part of the Fourwalled 2019 Short Film Series at Laemmle North Hollywood 7 cinema from July 26 to August 1 at 9.30pm. Tickets are available at www.laemmle.com Quite the banner year, so far! I’d also love some quiet time to pen more scripts.
Fill in the blank: If my fans really knew me, they would know that…
I have razor sharp instincts and an elephant’s memory for storing useless information like song lyrics, music chart listings, movie quotes and TV show lines. I’m also quite the prankster. For example, last December I had neck surgery and showed up at my relative’s big annual Christmas dinner with a big bandaged special effects wound oozing with blood. I gave everyone a heart attack, but pissed my pants! I told my surgeon about it and he pissed his pants!
Please share any other news you would like our readers to know about here…
I’m starring as a modern day Monk in a sci-fi action flick called Preacher Six, which might be out this or next year. The trailers are on YouTube. The same team wants me back for a modern western called The Coop. Both projects are on social media. Check ‘em out! We need your support as these are indie flicks.
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