Gemma Chan Poster

Quotes (30)

  • All of us have a lot of physical tics that we don't realize that we're doing subconsciously.
  • Italy - I love the late-night culture, hanging around the square at midnight with everyone, catching up and having a drink.
  • Growing up, I never saw any Asian faces on TV, so it didn't feel like a viable option.
  • I do feel a responsibility to try and raise awareness and to help tell the stories of those who may not otherwise have a voice.
  • Even though I don't necessarily believe in everything that's supernatural, I like being scared and I like things that are suspenseful.
  • I know we've had AI films, but they've been quite specific in their scope. The scope of 'Humans' is a world set up where this technology is universally accepted. I haven't seen anything that's dealt with it in that multi-layered, every-layer-of-society way.
  • AI - not so some kind of far-off thing. It's part of our lives now, from your phone to everything you do. It makes our lives easier in a lot of ways.
  • It's really rare in TV not to think, 'Well, I've seen a version of this before.'
  • Making a pretty picture, an image, is a completely different thing from acting to camera.
  • I think 'Humans' is more about provoking the idea that there is a class of beings in society that we treat as less than... as subordinates; people who we treat badly and take for granted. Often they are the same people who work hard to keep the city going. We need to think about that.
  • Save the Children is also working to improve accommodation for refugee families living outside settlements. I met a family which had been living in a substandard building without windows, doors or a toilet.
  • I hate the idea that people should listen to what actors have to say on certain issues more than anyone else. Actors have no more right to be heard than anyone.
  • I visited a Child Friendly Space where children take part in structured play and development activities in a safe environment. These are designed to develop their cognitive ability as well as address their psychosocial needs. As I watched them sing songs and take part in games, it struck me that these kids could be anywhere in the world.
  • My parents are wonderful, practical, sensible people, and the expectation was that I would study something academic.
  • As a means to an end, modelling was good, but I had to distance myself from it when I started working as an actress, because even though I wasn't high-profile, I found in my first write-ups that I'd be referred to as 'model Gemma Chan.'
  • I was given a lot of homework: I had to practice ironing as a synth, practice washing up as a synth, cooking a meal as a synth. It's definitely the most prep I've had to do for a role.
  • I'm quite a rational person. I'm not very superstitious, but I really do enjoy horror as a genre.
  • Getting stuck in a plane for four hours on the tarmac on the hottest day of summer in Italy - it was like being trapped in a boiling tin can.
  • I've heard about productions where it still happens: yellow face, taping up the eyes. It's hard to talk about it in a constructive way.
  • When you think of things like medicine, people who have lost limbs now have a chance to have a limb replaced that is connected to the brain that they can actually control with their mind. That's amazing.
  • My parents thought they were getting an accountant and a lawyer. Instead, they ended up with a PR and an actress.
  • I've been fortunate in my career, but, yes, there have been many times when I have been told my audition has been cancelled because they're only going to see white people.
  • I loathe exercise. And I hate gyms. I've never had a personal trainer.
  • I avoid flying Ryanair if I can. I know that everyone gives them a hard time, but there's a good reason for that.
  • I've always admired the work that Save the Children does to improve the lives of children and their families all over the world.
  • I found a place under a bridge in Goa where you could have fresh crab and beer. It was nothing complicated, but delicious.
  • From my experience, I would say no: actors of East Asian descent don't get the opportunities white actors do. I know that's inherently a problem in a country that produces a lot of period drama, but I have to fight so hard to get parts that don't have something to do with China.
  • I ended up doing a local AmDram musical when I was nine or so. We had to sing and dance and act. It was probably terrible, but I loved it.
  • As a human, you don't have to be too conscious of your movement. I think it's tougher playing a robot than a human, and even tougher playing a robot who begins showing traces of being a human.
  • I would have done it happily, but to be a Bond girl isn't everything I aim for as an actress.