Justin Chon starred as Tony in the Nickelodeon show Just Jordan, but this year, you will see him on the big screen!
He will be found in the movie Crossing Over, which is also stars Harrison Ford and Sean Penn, as well as in Twilight, based on the novel, in the role of Eric.
Recently, Justin answered some questions that we and other fans had about who he admires, a day in the life of a TV actor, what music he's been rocking, and of course...the insider info about his upcoming films!
1. You haven’t been acting for a very long time just yet, so what made you decide to start when you did? What do you most enjoy about being an actor?
I started acting because I thought it would be a fun and interesting job. When I was young there weren't many asians on tv so i thought it was an impossible dream but once i saw john cho in American Pie i told myself, alright ill give it a shot as a job and not a hobby.
2. Do you have a lot of people recognize you when you’re out? If so, what do they usually know you from?
haha, No not really. People will recognize me once in a while and its usually for either wendy wu or just jordan.
3. You played the role of Tony on the Nickelodeon show “Just Jordan.” When filming for a TV show, what was a typical day like for you?
Well, monday through wed we would have rehearsals. Thursdays and fridays were shoot days. It was just like a normal 9-5. After work I would usually go to an acting class.
4. You’ve acted on TV and for movies. Do you find you ever enjoy one more over the other?
I love all types of mediums including stage, tv, and film. But if I had to choose, I would say I like film the best because its like a summer camp. You meet all these new people, you work and live together and after its all done you say good bye and promise to keep in touch.
5. How do you prepare for your roles? Have you ever played a part that was difficult to get into at first?
I read the script many many times. I like to have a lot of time to let the role naturally sink into my bones. I think the most challenging role to date was my role in crossing over. Mainly becuase I was playing an immigrant and had a korean accent.
6. If you could have played any role in the history of movies, who would you pick and why?
These are good questions. Umm...i think I would have played I think his name was keno. in teenage mutant ninja turtles...I love those movies...hahaha
7. One of the next projects people can find you in is the movie Crossing Over. Will you give us a brief description of the movie and your role in it?
Crossing over is about different aspects of immigration. I play a korean immigrant teen whos having trouble adjusting to my new life in the US.
8. What was it like for you to be in a movie with such big name actors such as Harrison Ford and Sean Penn?
I didnt have any direct contact with either actor because there are different story lines. But i did meet Harrison Ford and he was super nice.
9. Who are some of your own movie idols?
Marlon Brando, James Dean, Johnny Depp, Mark Ruffulo, Robert Downey Jr.
10. You’ll be playing the role of Eric in the movie version of Twilight. Have you read the books? If so, had you read them before you got the part or when you were going out for the role?
I have read the books. And i did read part of the first one before getting the role becaue my friend had told me about it.
11. What was the audition process like for the movie?
I had to audition for casting, then audition for the director, then i had chemistry improv auditions with other actors and finally I auditioned with kristen Stewart.
12. Do you feel like you’re anything like Eric in real life? Who is your actual favorite character in the books?
I would say I'm similar in certain ways to Eric in that I try to keep it cool with everyone around me. He's sort of a mover and a shaker. My favorite character in the book is Emmet. He's just badass. He's so eager to kill enemies..
13. For this particular role, did you do any research on Eric and the novels?
Yes, I did do some research. and visited some of the online forums to get more info about everyone.
14. If you were given the chance to play one of the Cullen’s, who would you pick and why?
I would say I would play emmett...Like I said, he's is a bad ass mofo.
15. As far as you know, are there any plans of making New Moon into a movie as well? If so, do you hope to be in the sequel?
I have no idea at this point. But if there is I would love to be involved.
16. Personally, what books do you really enjoy? What are you currently listening too or watching?
Well, I enjoy reading biographies. I'm reading one on sean penn right now. I've been watching a lot of old movies like butch cassidy and the sundance kid and a ton of james dean movies. I've been listening to a lot of women artists these days like Meg and Dia and Sara Bereilles.