Jamie Chung Interview

Watch talks to the kick-ass actress behind Believe's action woman, Channing

Jamie Chung

Name: Jamie Chung

Believe character: Channing

Place of birth: California

Date of Birth: 10/04/1983

See: Jamie Chung on IMDB

Becoming known after appearing on The Real World: San Diego, Jamie Chung made the successful jump from reality TV to acting. Chung has appeared in The Hangover Part II, Sucker Punch and Sorority Row. And also has a recurring role of Mulan in Once Upon a Time. Catch her now as Channing in the Believe TV series.

How did you get involved with Believe?

I read the pilot script and immediately fell in love with the story, so I auditioned for the role. To have the opportunity to audition for someone like Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams was a dream come true. You don't miss out on an opportunity like that. The script to Believe was also my favourite pilot that I read that year. It was smart and it was different.

How would you describe your character?

I play a girl called Channing, who is a security specialist. She's the kind of lady that's always being given assignments where no questions are asked. It's like, ?Just get the job done; that's what you're hired to do.? Channing works closely with a character called Winter to keep a child called Bo away from a sinister organisation called Orchestra. She can get quite physical, but she's more crafty with technology than anything else.

What excites you the most about Believe?

The endless possibilities excite me. I?m really interested to see the twists and the plots that they come along with the show. I?m also fascinated to see what the potential is of Bo, this young girl with supernatural powers.

There's a clear supernatural element to the show. Do you believe in the supernatural?

I've run into some spooky things in the past. I've talked to kind of a psychic and he predicted some very interesting things. It could've been a total scam where he made everything sound vague ? but he definitely predicted some things that came true for me.

How similar is this role to the role of Mulan on Once Upon A Time. And can you tell us if we'll ever see you on Once Upon A Time again?

Channing is a little similar to my role in Once Upon A Time because they are both very strong and very physical people ? but I've never played a character that had such a natural motherly instinct to protect someone like this before. I feel like Channing has devoted her life to protect Bo, and she's ferocious about it. Right now, I?m fully committed to this show ? but I think it would be really disappointing to leave the audience of Once Upon A Time with this giant question mark. I would go back in a heartbeat, and I don't think that door is shut.

You've played a lot of kick-ass female roles. How do you get in shape for them?

I love the feeling of staying in shape, but I took this job because I didn't think that the training would have to be very physical. But, of course, characters change and evolve ? and the series evolves. And I've had to do a few physical things, but ultimately my character is playing a game of chess and she's helping Winter keep the team ahead of Orchestra. What do I do to stay fit? I do pilates, yoga, I do it all! And I ran a half-marathon last year.