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Creation Stands with Osric Chau: Holiday Campaign

05 November 2015

An Interview with Osric Chau, who plays Kevin on Supernatural.

Click to See Osric's Holiday Campaign

What was your favorite part of playing Kevin on Supernatural?

To have never been bored of Kevin. I get bored really easy and playing the same character in and out would probably eventually wear on me. To have him go through so many changes both mentally and physically was such a joy to play. It allows the explorer in me to explore and the kid in me to play in new playgrounds. Apart from that, the cast and crew on this show is like no other. I've never felt so close to a production as I have the Supernatural one.

What was your favorite episode to be in and why?

My first episode, Reading is Fundamental. 721. Written and directed by Ben Edlund. Still one of my favourite people. Everything was so new and I was still learning the ropes of how everything and everyone worked. The first day Jared was an expecting father and the next day he was. It was such a weird experience all in all, seeing how close everyone was with each other. The incredible amount of in-jokes that existed. And it was the only episode I got to do any stunt work for. The running, getting clotheslined, and hoisted up for a lightning strike. Coming from a stunts background, I loved that.

Do you have a memorable or funny experience on set with the actors you want to share?

Meeting Mark Sheppard. Season 7 finale on location at the poo factory. Facility? The place smelled like poo cause it handled a lot of it. Anyways I see a new face, I introduce myself, Mark doesn't tell me his name and points to his chair instead and I'm off to a poor start. So I haven't seen much sci-fi in my life at this point except some Stargate and that's pretty much the only show sci-fi show he has never been on. I finish the day thinking that Mark really doesn't like me and that was the one and only day we had together.
I go to San Diego Comic Con for the first time that year for another project I had done, Halo 4:Forward Unto Dawn. It was a military project and I had to shave off the mop of hair that I had and was now almost bald. I was completely overwhelmed by the sheer number and density of people there but in the midst of thousands of people I get a hand on my shoulder, and it was Mark Sheppard with a friendly "Osric!" and then the ever quick witted Mark follows up with a "See this just proves that you don't all look alike." and it's been Mark Sheppard for me ever since.

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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