CROWLEY’S TOMB NEWS & CASTING:
The extremely talented actress Yi Liu Christina has been selected as the perfect actress to bring to life the ever so dangerous bounty hunter “Fudeng Dragon”. Wanted Dead or Alive and the Dragon prefers dead and has a taste for killing the impossible Ghost of the Cemetery Boys. Don’t look now but she is right behind you in the ultimate game of Cat & Mouse…
Q. It seems fans always want to know what an actor’s process is when preparing for past, or present character roles. Take us through your process when researching, developing and transitioning on the set for your character roles.
A. I like to live in my role, I like to dig into as much details of the background of the character as possible, so that I can become the character herself. My first real character was a drug-addicting teen in a play performed in my college, I spent weeks watching clips of famous actors depicting drug-addicting characters while at the same time gradually buried myself into the mood of the girl who lost hope of the world and blaming it on her divorced parents. When I first applied the role, the director didn’t trust me being able to do this role, but weeks later, I gave him a show that exceeded the girl he initially chose for the role. Funny thing is, after the show, lots of students in my college asked me if I have really been addicted to drug before, because it looked too real that it actually scared them 😛
Q. Who is your favorite actor and why?
A. I have many favorite actors, my first inspiration is Donny Yan. He gave me the inspiration to become a martial artist. But acting wise, my favorite is definitely Johnny Depp. I watched many Tim Burton movies during the years I grew up in China and loved all the characters Johnny Depp played while had no idea that it was the same actor until many years later (Due to the lack of internet when I was young, had no way to look up the cast). That to me is a real success as an actor: Not being limited to a certain type of roles, but has the ability to become anyone and deceiving the audiences’ eyes at the same time.
Q. What would your dream role be? What would you bring to the character?
A. My dream role has always been an extremely twisted character, a character that has exact opposite personalities in one body, one super innocent and sweet, the other extremely evil, all under the disguise of a nice girl. I have always been discovering different sides of myself in my journey of self-exploring, and I give all my personalities a soil to develop, so that when the opportunity comes, I can bring out the extremely contradictory personalities in a way of harmony.
Q. Do you prefer to play the villain or the hero? Why?
A. Definitely villain! The beauty of being an actor to me, is to be able to live so many lives and looking at the world in different eyes, while other people only have one chance. Playing villain is so much fun to me because I get to let out a totally different me and be as creative as I can with it. To me, hero has its limits, a hero can only be so “hero”, but a villain has no limits, it can be as bad as you can imagine!
Q. Tell the fans about a fun fact that we might not be aware of.
A. Zootopia is my favorite Disney movie in the recent 5 years. I have experienced almost all the difficulties Judy went through when she came to Zootopia to realize her dream. I came to America to pursue my master’s degree without knowing anyone in this country. Have been looked down upon because of my size, been taken as “exotic cute”, neighbor problems, been made fun of because of accent… You name a few. And by the end of the day, still need to look cheered up when calling the family. All those difficult times have become my fuel and when look back, they have all become heartwarming memories thanks to all the friends I made on the journey. And, I met my foxy Nick at Kung Fu temple.
Q. What was the hardest role you’ve ever played and why?
A. I have not played many roles yet, but I would say the hardest role I have played was a small role when I was in a group participating the 48 hour film project. The whole 48-hour production is already super stressful, and there was no any information given about my character, I had to come up with a background setting for the role on the fly so that I can make the role a real person. I barely had any lines, but I was in shot a lot, so I had to be acting the whole time without instruction of what I was supposed to do. It was also my first time acting in front of camera, since my most experience before was stage play, I had to remind myself the whole time to not bring the stage acting style into the camera. But after all, it was a very precious learning experience.
Q. On the flip side, what was the the most fun role you’ve ever played?
A. The most fun role in film I have ever played so far was one of the villains among a group of robbers. I was the most badass fighter among all the bad guys in that film, but the most fun part was actually not the fighting part, but the part when I got killed. I had a lot fun portraying a death from trachea been broken, all the chokings, struggles, and eventually a painful death gave me a chance to fully utilize not only my acting skill but also my medical knowledge
Q. Tell us about where you got your training?
A. I didn’t have formal training in acting, just joined the acting club in college and was trained by the professor in charge of the club. But life actually gave me more training on acting more than anything. As of martial arts training, I had three years in Taekwondo when I was in China, achieved black belt. Picked up Kung fu again after I moved to Orlando.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring actors?
A. Me myself is still an aspiring actor, still learning and growing, still have a long way to go. I just want to encourage all my fellow mates, don’t give up, no matter how many times you got rejected at audition, just keep on trying, and keep on sharpening yourself on the go!
Q. If not an actor, what profession would you choose to occupy? Why?
A. I am actually a research engineer as of my full time job. I have to be able to feed myself before I can pursue my passion 😛 I am also an artist on the side, learned painting for more than 10 years. I love to branch into different professions and challenge my creativity.
Crowley’s Tomb: The Movie — Coming to a theater October 2017