Gerald Chung is an improv artist and comedian. He plays Adrian in Audrey & Dre. I completed this interview with him on August 26th, 2010.
For those us just meeting you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
If you're just meeting me, you might want to know that I am a 24-year-old Korean American male. I was born in the US, but my first language was Korean because I moved to Korea right after I was born and returned to the US in the first grade. Anyone that has talked to me for an extended period of time would tell you that I am interested in everything from extra terrestrials to genetically modified soybeans.
You single, Mr. Chung? Inquiring minds will want to know. They’ll also want to know what you look for in a significant other.
For all those "inquiring minds", I am currently single. As shallow as it may be, I would prefer to be outrageously attracted to the person I'm dating. But other than that, I want my significant other to have a great sense of humor and a hunger for truth.
So what made you decide to go into acting?
So many factors are involved in my decision to go into acting, but I was always drawn to creating and performing characters that were fun to watch. Fortunately, there happens to be an industry where you can get paid to do so! Life is short, so the sooner I answer my true calling, the more I can get done.
You seem to have made quite an impression on Ms. Kelley. How did you get involved with Audrey & Dre? What about this show’s premise spoke to you?
I submitted myself for an audition to Ms. Kelley in late 2009, and I met her for the first time at my audition. The impressions were mutual, because she was an absolute darling! Honestly, I was attracted to the premise because it made room for Asian actors. When I was actually booked as Adrian, Ms. Kelley further explained the sources of inspiration for her film. I was able to relate to her source material which covered the similarities between Asian American men and African American women in the dating realm.
What can you tell us about your character on the show? Does he get a love interest as well?
My character seems to be the end result of a lot of trial and error. Adrian had to figure a lot of things out for himself and that included separating himself from his sheltered group of Asian American friends. He also loves the company of female energy. In the film, Adrian's quest for love is limited to his speech for a pretty prospect.
Ms. Kelley has mentioned you have “a voice to die for”. Do you sing as well as act?
Well you know what they say, the microphone adds ten pounds of vocal lubrication. Back to making sense, I am definitely not shy when it comes to karaoke or singing in my car, but I figure my competent ability to sing in key will be useful someday.
What is your ideal role? And what’s your preferred medium (stage, film, TV, etc.)?
My ideal role would definitely be comedic, but I do welcome all types of roles. My preferred medium would have to be any place with a live audience, most likely a sitcom. Although I do welcome a career centered around film, I have yet to experience anything more fulfilling than a roar of explosive laughter.
What other projects are you working on? Do you anticipate future collaborations with Kelley Co.?
I am currently working on several shorts with a friend I met on set to keep my creative juices from becoming stagnant. I also plan to continue my education at acting studios and attend showcases for exposure. I would also like to continue my improv training at the Groundlings as soon as possible. I would love to work with the Kelley Co. again when the time comes.
What goals have you set for your career?
I want to reach a high level of improv mastery as well as develop a solid piece for stand-up comedy. Ideally, I would love to be part of a sketch comedy troop like SNL, MADtv, or any sitcom in the near future. And they say if you're going to dream, you might as well dream big, so I'm also going to state that I am working towards a distant goal of starring in a comedic major motion picture.