Justin Chon is best known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series (2008-2012). He is of Korean descent and lives in Los Angeles. His father was a child actor in South Korea, and was often in black and white films. Chon grew up watching his father’s films, which eventually inspired him to pursue acting.
Now Chon is playing straight-A college student Jeff Chang in ”21 and Over”, in a film brought to you by the writers from “The Hangover” — Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Jeff Chang has always done what’s expected of him. But when his two best friends Casey and Miller surprise him with a visit for his 21st birthday, he decides to do the unexpected for a change, even though his critical medical school interview is early the next morning. What was supposed to be one beer becomes one night of chaos, over indulgence and utter debauchery in this outrageous comedy.
Justin stars alongside Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect), and Miles Teller (Footloose) in a film that is sure to make you reminisce about you and your crew’s own wild adventures. The movie is hilarious! and just as humorous as The Hangover. Opening in theaters on March 1st, 2013. That’s today!!!
Ambitious Justin Chon co-owns three stores located in California named the Attic. You can also read more about him in our very first interview we did with him. We asked him tons of questions about the ladies!!!
Please check out our latest interview with Justin Chon.
ASIANCE: Your new movie, ’21 and Over’, is about to come out! Tell us a little bit about the movie.
Justin: ’21 and Over’ tells the story of a college kid who is preparing for a big med school interview the night of his 21st birthday. His friends want to take him out and get drunk, and so a lot of stuff goes down.
ASIANCE: Tell us about your character, Jeff Chang.
Justin: He’s an underachieving Asian-American student who does a lot of crazy things with his friends. He’s like the middleman between his two other friends, who are played by Miles and Skylar.
ASIANCE: Do you see any similarities between you and Jeff Chang?
Justin: I didn’t grow up like Jeff. My parents were pretty loose. They weren’t like the stereotypical Asian Tiger Mom types. They didn’t even expect me to go to college. They told me to do what I wanted. I ended up going because I didn’t know what I was going to do. I went to USC and got a Business degree at Marshall.
ASIANCE: Have you done any of the crazy things Jeff does in the movie?
Justin: I’ve passed out when I was drunk on Santa Monica Boulevard. Basically, I’ve done a lot of the things that Jeff has done in the movie, just toned down and less exaggerated, because it’s a movie, you know?
ASIANCE: Your character Jeff is an average Asian-American student, but there are stereotypes about Asians being perfect, having straight As. How does this movie confront stereotypes of Asians in popular culture?
Justin: Well, I think this movie confronts stereotypes of Asians. Jeff isn’t a good student, he’s failing out of school actually. But I think the stereotype exists for a reason and there are lots of families out there that are like that. And I can understand that there are a lot of immigrant families whose parents just want their kids to succeed and do well and make a lot of money at their job. I don’t think that stereotype is necessarily a bad one.
ASIANCE: The writers of ’21 and Over’, Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, also wrote The Hangover. Are there any similarities to The Hangover?
Justin: There are some similarities, but The Hangover was what happened the night before. This is happening in real time. And when you watch the movie, you’ll see that this movie is more grounded in reality than The Hangover. Of course, all movies have some element of disbelief to them but this is more grounded in reality.
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ASIANCE: What was your favorite part of filming the movie? What was filming like?
Justin: I loved filming with my co-stars. They were so great. For filming, I had to wake up earlier than everybody else and head over to makeup because I have this huge tattoo that goes from my calf to my butt. So I would spend hours in the chair getting airbrushed on my leg and chest, because I have another tattoo there. So I’m completely naked and holding onto my privates and watching this guy go near my crotch. There was also this teddy bear costume contraception that I had to get into, which was pretty restricting and it was really tight around my privates so I had to take a break every half hour and get out of it.
ASIANCE: Did you have any embarrassing (embarrassingly funny) moments on set?
Justin: The night before filming started, my co-stars and I went out to drink and I drank so much, I ended up waking up naked on the floor of my hotel room. I got a call at 9:30am from a producer, and filming was supposed to start at 9, but I pretended like I thought filming started at 10 instead. I told them I’ll put some clothes on and I’d be right down. When I got down to the banquet hall, Jon and Scott were just laughing their asses off. They were so amused that I had gotten wasted the night before the first day of filming and I was already getting into my character.
ASIANCE: What was the audition process like?
Justin: I actually got the script when I was filming the third twilight movie in Canada. At the time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go on tape, because I don’t like doing that because it distracts me from my current project. But I went to audition for the producers and writers first and then the directors, and then I got the part.
ASIANCE: How is your relationship with your co-stars?
Justin: We’re really good friends. We go out all the time. I love Miles and Skylar.
ASIANCE: How did you get started as an actor? (His father was an actor in South Korea)
Justin: My father was a child actor in South Korea, from the age of 10 to 25, so I grew up watching his old black and white films. After I received my Business degree from USC, I got a job in Silicon Valley. I got sick of my cubicle and I knew I couldn’t spend the rest of my life doing this, so I took some acting classes, specifically Meisner, and got some jobs here and there, and did some ads. Soon I was making enough money to support myself.
ASIANCE: Who are some actors that you look up to?
Justin: I have a really long list! I like Mark Ruffalo. Basically, I like actors that are like the underdogs. They’re not the lead actor but they’re the lead, you know what I mean? And for Asian-American actors specifically, I admire Kenneth Cheung. I don’t know if a lot of people know him, but he’s a great actor and I would so honored if I could ever work with him.
ASIANCE: Do you have any words of advice for Asian-Americans trying to pursue a career in entertainment? Or anyone who is aspiring to be an actor?
Justin: Just go out there and get experience! Acting is a job and the more experience you have, the better you can get.