Lynn Chen began performing on the Lincoln Center Stage at the age of 5. She made her feature debut in Sony Pictures Classic's Saving Face, a role that won her the title of "Outstanding Newcomer" at the 2006 AXAwards. Since then, she has become a fixture on the film festival circuit - including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, SXSW - setting an unofficial record at the 28th LAAPFF with five concurrent movie roles.
Here's the Interview:
GG: Please share a bit of your background, your career and why you started your food blogs.
Lynn Chen: I’ve been performing for over 30 years, and blogging for just over 4. I started www.theactorsdiet.com as a way to hold myself accountable to eating issues I’ve had my entire life, and also as a way to be productive
- there is so much out of your control as an actor and I was tired of waiting for permission to be creative.
Lynn Chen: It’s always surprising to me – still – that I never get writers block. Even if the eats are uninspired I still find something to say. Food itself has so many stories – and I get inspired discovering other people’s relationship with food – whether it be through a cookbook, a blog, TV, or in person. It’s what makes us all unique, isn’t it? Our individual tastes.
GG: What would you like to see improved in this world?
Lynn Chen: This question has me breaking out in hives! I’d like a cure for THAT freakiness. So much needless anxiety. There are some real problems – I wish more of us (myself included) had the stomach and strength to address them.
GG: How can Gratitude Gourmet help get your message out?
Lynn Chen: Well, you do make fabulous chocolate. That helps! Fortune cookie chocolate?
[GG: Let's work on this! :)]
GG: What new things are you working on?
Lynn Chen: I narrated my first audio book, “Crazy Rich Asians” written by Kevin Kwan, which is currently available through Random House. I am about to begin filming “Sutures” with Tzi Ma and first-time director Tiffanie Hsu. And I have travel plans this summer – family and fun time is important to me. I’m working more on enjoying that without guilt.