Tuesday, August 15, 2006

FACES Interview (Unpublished)

S'kali The Movie is featured in the latest issue of FACES magazine. Unfortunately due to space constraints, an interview with the retard is not featured. She thought it was an interesting set of questions and that it would provide an nice opportunity to show what makes her tick, so here it is for the benefit of the curious.

I've also thrown in a video clip, a sequence recorded from the Broken Bridges press preview held late last month. Featuring the unapolagetically suave Tony Eusoff in the musical number, 'KL In A Nutshell', his larger-than-life performance is one I always look forward to. (Look out for the 'walking sugus sweet' in pink.) Big thanks to Nazrul for the link!

1. Being a model and actress makes it important for you to look your best at all times, do you agree? If yes, can you explain the photos on your blog?
(I thought this would be a funny/personal question, but if it is offensive please don't answer the 2nd bit and sorry! - No worries. Offensive? I know no such word. )

Looking pretty is just another part of the job - I will invest time and effort into it if I feel it suits an occasion. But for the most part, I am the 'rebel of conformity' who you see on my blog. I've seen how society's perception of attractiveness can damage people, so I'd like to inspire people to believe that it's the inside that always counts no matter how you look. Plus, looking like an idiot is heaps more fun.

2. Which was your favourite and how was it different, acting in S'kali, The Flowers Beneath My Skin and Broken Bridges (musical)?

It would be impossible for me to pick a favourite. All three have challenged me on completely different levels. 'Flowers' is an experimental black-and-white silent film with very complex, unconventional roles, so it was tough to tackle it professionally and convincingly as a rookie actor. S'kali rides on themes which really hit home for me, and I dug into a plethora of emotions both new and familar to flesh out Sze Huey's character. Being in a musical demands an insane amout of time, energy, focus, discipline and devotion to performing arts, but all that only magnifies the feeling of accomplishment.

3. How do you find the time to work on so many projects at once while maintaining an assistant event manager post?

By getting less sleep! Whenever my full-time work peaks at the same time that my outside projects do, my loved ones start praying for me. Haha. There's a lot of sacrifices that I've made in order to do pursue my passion whilst maintaining financial stability. Being kept on my toes is a good thing but not for prolonged periods, so once the havoc from my current projects is over, I'm planning to go comatose for a while.

4. What is your best memory from working on S'kali?

Being committed to the production for one and a half years before shooting, working with the exuberant Perantauan team and bonding with the most amazing group of cast members any actor could wish for, is one whole mind-blowing memory in itself.

5. Judging by Naomi's Death petition which you wrote and submitted with over 230 signatures, you're definitely an animal lover. Any shoutouts on that?

Treating animals with respect is a notion that's relatively unheard of in our culture, but it's comforting to know that animal activists in Malaysia are being a lot more vocal these days. Their efforts are paying off, judging by the rise in animal cruelty cases that have been highlighted in the media. The Death To Naomi Petition received some news coverage too, I'm glad it's made an impact. To those who want a new pet, adopt one! Don't encourage unnecessary pet breeding for aesthetic's sake, when there are thousands more potential friends that still live on the streets.

'KL In A Nutshell' (Tony Eusoff, Douglas Lim, Ho Soon Yoon & Ensemble)


Anonymous Junior said...

Poor girl,didnt get featured :(, your interview was so much more interesting (compared to mine that is....Arivind one...well:)

The one of youre loved ones praying for you...is soo true. I have no idea how you do it. Love you sweets:)

6:10 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

nah your interview was da bomb. i have much more to worry about you than you about me! i guess we'll pray for each other then... love you too dear.

4:20 PM  
Blogger burn666 said...

Hey Davina!

I'll be catching Broken Bridges tomorrow so here's to seeing you in action - (don't) break a leg! ;)

6:54 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

dang, read this too late. had i known you were coming, i would've come out to look for you! hope you had fun nevertheless and thanks for supporting local theatre.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

Eh, you call being yourself acting ah? HAH? *pokes you*

I personally found your accent a bit sesat/misplaced in the last scene. Bump up your Chai-knees by drinking Ipoh White Coffee!

P.S. I loved those one-piece dresses, they make my imagination go wild as to what's underneath.

4:32 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

indeed, there is a fine line between what i do as an actor and being comfortable in my own skin. i also confess that my chinese-ness isn't exactly a highlight of the show. but hey, i try. :P

3:44 PM  

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