Creation Stands with Osric Chau: Holiday Campaign
05 November 2015
An Interview with Osric Chau, who plays Kevin on Supernatural.
What was your favorite part of playing Kevin on Supernatural?
What was your favorite episode to be in and why?
Do you have a memorable or funny experience on set with the actors you want to share?
How did you get involved with Random Acts?
You'd think the short answer would be Misha Collins. But I actually first heard about it through the GISHWHES when I first started on Supernatural. My roommates at the time were avid fans and participants in the scavenger hunt and they asked me to help them out for some items. I had no idea what was going on but I like to say yes to random opportunities, so they tied me up and put me in a shrine of myself. I then proceeded to go around the Burbank mall dressed as Castiel and slowly throughout the day and the many days to follow, I learned about Random Acts. Hearing all about the things that they do, what they stand for and the sheer randomness of it all makes it really easy to want to be involved. So I'm pretty certain that even had I not played a character on Supernatural I probably would have ended up being part of a GISHWHES team and being involved with Random Acts.
What are you most looking forward to on your trip to Nicaragua for Dream2Acts?
Well I really don't know what to expect. My first thought is that it's like making a movie on location, or summer camp. You go to a place you've never been to with a bunch of people you don't really know. You do a project together, get to know each other, and are basically best friends by the end of it. That or you want to strangle each other but I think this is gonna be a good group. Apart from that, I'm really excited to get to know the locals there, I love learning about other cultures and ways of life and I haven't ever spent time in Central America let alone Nicaragua. Travelling opens up my mind and these are the best kind of trips. I'm hoping to come back with a new appreciation and gratitude for life along with a huge tan I'm guessing. Also I should be ripped cause I'm gonna be moving a lot of rocks. I hope there are rocks to move. And I hope I don't pull out my back while I do that. Lift with the legs!
Tell us more about what inspired your Proud to Be Unique Campaign.
In the 18 years that I've been auditioning, coming across good characters as a minority actor is been like finding an oasis in the desert. Even when I was auditioning for Kevin Tran, he was just a box of stereotypes. I chalk it up as a minor miracle that the powers to be didn't kill him off right away and actually took the time to develop Kevin fully as a fleshed out character. That miracle has of course spoiled me. And so I was sitting in an audition room just a few months ago thinking about how much I didn't want to do the thick Chinese accent they wanted for this character. I looked around the room and it was obvious that they either wanted someone with a really thick Cantonese accent or someone with a really thick Indian accent. Regardless of who they ended up choosing, it was just another character I was perfect for that was the butt of all the jokes. And I was fed up with it. I had a discussion a few years back and the argument presented was that the only way that I was going to be able to play leading roles was in Asia. So in the less racist and most supportive way possible I had people telling me to go back to where I came from (or I guess where my parents came from but you get the idea). And so I did. I didn't quite fit in there either, I was somewhere between being a foreigner but not quite a local. And so the biggest take away from that trip was that though my heritage was there, my culture was here. This is where I grew up, and this is where I wanted to make my mark. So rather than sitting around moping about it all I decided to do something. I started to develop projects for myself and opened up a film fund where I put a portion of all my earnings for when one of those projects were ready. People were suggesting I try a kickstarter or indiegogo campaign, but I decided that I'd go the slow and steady route with some fundraisers like we used to do for a school field trip. I'm not the best at bake sales so I started the Proud to be Unique campaign. The black alpaca represents how I always felt in my family, in society, and it serves as a reminder that I shouldn't be afraid to be who I am. It's such a selfish thing that I'm doing, so it's a bit weird to be writing about it but the support I've had from the community has been incredible and it just warms my heart to see it strike a chord with so many people. So thank you all for that.
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