Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Chinese-Canadian actor based out of Toronto, it’s a city that I love to call home. I was born in a small town called Qin’an in the Gansu province of China. I remember watching TV in my grandma’s house and wondering, how did all those people get inside such a small box? Are they trapped in there forever? How can I break into the TV and rescue them? These questions followed me as I immigrated to Toronto with my parents. In middle school, I joined the drama club and fell in love with acting. This newfound passion propelled me to attend arts high school where I majored in drama. I eventually graduated from York’s acting conservatory and have been working in theatre and film/tv ever since. These days, I still love to watch TV, though I’m now a little wiser as to how it all works.
How did your time at York University’s Acting Conservatory help you prepare for your eventual career?
The benefit of conservatory training is that you get to try all sorts of different methods and techniques. My time at York gave me the opportunity to figure out what kind of artist I am, how I liked to work, and what my boundaries are. One of my teachers said it best, “the training is to give you lots of tools, and you get to decide which ones to keep”.
How have you evolved as an actress since your first role in a production of, “The Crucible”?
I always feel like I’m a work in progress and that’s part of the beauty of acting. It’s a constant evolution. What I learned since that production is that I should just have fun. I used to take my work very seriously, which pushed me to get better. But the downside was that I would make myself absolutely miserable in the process. I’ve learned to take myself a lot less seriously, which has opened me up to find more joy and ease in my work. At the end of the day, my job is to dress up and play pretend. It’s the most ridiculous job in the world.
What can you tell us about your role in, “Hello (Again)” premiering March 25th on CBC Gem?
I play Avery, who is an ER-resident and the love interest of Jayden played by Alex Mallari Jr. The two of them quickly fall in love, until it all comes crashing down. Jayden is then given the chance to go back in time and win her back. Avery is a character that is very close to me because I see her reflected in my best friend and many other amazing women in my life. She’s intelligent and funny, uncompromising yet vulnerable. She cares deeply for people she chooses to love and will stick it out with them through thick and thin.
You wrote a short film called, “May Flowers” that premiered back in 2020, do you have any other shorts in the works?
I wrote an episode for a musical digital series called The Next Big Thing, which is in development. I’ve been quite busy with acting so I haven’t spent as much time as I would like on writing. I’m making it a goal to write a pilot for a culinary series that’s been cooking in my mind this past year. Now that I’ve said it here, I’m accountable to complete it!
How did your experience performing help you in the writing process?
I first began writing for theatre, so the large bulk of my work has been plays. My experience in theatre and performing has definitely helped me to develop a good ear for dialogue. Great writing makes acting so much easier, so that’s something I always keep in mind as I write.
What’s next for your career?
I’m currently filming a project with CBS and will be hitting the studio soon to narrate an audiobook for Penguin Random House. Later this year, you can catch me on shows such as Good Sam (CBS) and SkyMed (CBC/CBS). I’m also in the Buzzfeed/Lionsgate film, My Fake Boyfriend, which will come out later this summer.
What advice would you have for aspiring actors/actresses?
Training is key. It doesn’t matter if it’s a conservatory, weekend classes, or workshops. If you are starting out, you need to learn the craft and learn about yourself as an actor. Doing that is also a great way to find your community in this business. Community is so important. None of us can make it on our own and having support from your peers is crucial. We should always aim to raise each other up, it’s the only way to get better.
What’s your life like outside of acting?
Food. Anime. Chillin.
You’re an avid anime fan, what’s your favorite series?
This is the toughest question! I have too many favourites to choose from, so I’ve narrowed it down to 10 series I enjoyed the most from the past year. In no particular order: Odd Taxi, Ranking of Kings, Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War, Demon Slayer: Kimestu no Yaiba, Fena: Pirate Princess, Golden Kamuy, Jujustu Kaisen, Showa Genroku Rakugo Sinju, Chihayafuru, and Komi Can’t Communicate.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
I’m not very active on social media, but you can find me as @rongideas.