EXCLUSIVE: Twilightish Interviews Justin Chon ( @justinchon )
Twilightish: How does it feel to see the end of the Twilight Saga?
Justin: I feel like it is going to be great! Bill Condon is great and he is going to do the last two movies justice and the last book justice. I saw the trailer and it's amazing! Things can't really go on forever, it has been a really good run and if there was no end in sight then it wouldn't be as special.
Twilightish: Over the years, how much of yourself did you end up putting into the character of Eric?
Justin: Well Eric is similar in some ways to me but he tries harder than I do, I don't have the energy to do some of the things he does. He really tries hard to fit in and get laughs. I mean obviously its through me, a lot of my psychosis kind of mixes with the character. I think for the most part Eric and I are similar in being awkward at times and what is not similar is Eric is a human and I am half idiot... I'm a mix breed! I think that's the biggest difference.
Twilightish: Are you sick of people asking you about the crying scene in Twilight?
Justin: Not at all! Here's the thing, we didn't know at first what we were getting into but after the first movie came out we realized that people are going to ask us to do things from the movies a million times. If it is in the movie, every Twilight fan we come across is going to ask us to do it. It's good because at least they are paying attention and acknowledging us.
Twilightish: Of all the characters you've played, where does Eric rank?
Justin: Eric is cool because I worked out all the character details before Twilight started and so we knew where we were going with it, it wasn't a huge mystery every time. I don't really sit down and rank all the characters I've played, "This is my first favorite, this one is my second favorite and so on." I'm a supporting actor and a character actor. I've done a lot of different characters since Twilight and for that matter, during Twilight. I played a guy who thinks he is a black guy, I played a total jerk who was really insecure, I played one of the foot soldiers for a mafia guy, I played a stoner in a zombie comedy - It is all over the board, I liked each part for different reasons.
Twilightish: How do you look back on Twilight? If someone offered it to you again, would you do it?
Justin: Yeah sure, of course! I would do it again, it has been wonderful. I made a lot of friends! Being part of a franchise was really cool. I own a clothing store (The Attic) and one of the owners of the lines we carry said that he thinks that Twilight is this generation's Star Wars... for girls! 20 years from now people are still going to remember it, it is such a big part of peoples lives and they will remember that forever. I would completely do it again.
Twilightish: What will you miss the most about the Saga?
Justin: I'll miss the familiarity of going to the Pacific NW every year, freezing my a$$ off, seeing everyone. It's like summer camp, at first you're like YAYYYY and then when you're cold and wet you say WHHHYYYY. I'll miss that, it is always great to go on location and hang out with your buds.
Twilightish: Do you have a favorite moment from any of the films?
Justin: Most memorable is usually the horrible moment and they end up being the funniest because you can look back and shed light on this horrible moment. My favorite was shooting the first movie, it was the hardest to shoot and we didn't have everything down yet, it was brand new and everyone was trying to figure it out. Catherine did such an amazing job with the film. But we were at La Push and it was really cold that day, it was raining so hard and we were eating in a huge tent. Well the wind was blowing so hard that the tent that was covering us lifted off the ground and everyone was screaming! Some of the guys thought it would be a good idea to hang from the bars of tent to keep it down. It was one of those surreal moments, we were having a really bad day and so we didn't even care what happened. I just kept eating my soup, I think I started laughing actually. We were in 20 or 30 degree weather up there, it was freezing!
Twilightish: What was your favorite scene to film in Breaking Dawn?
Justin: No surprise here, it was the wedding! The wedding scene was amazing, it is going to be BEAUTIFUL! Bella looked so gorgeous and angelic, if I could have my wedding like that it would be mind blowing... obviously I can't afford all the flowers, lights, and extras for my wedding. Maybe in another life time. It is a huge moment for the whole series, it is what we've been leading up to. She's going to seal the deal and it's all been leading up to this. Everyone's excited and I'm just as excited!
Twilightish: Now that the Saga is almost over, are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?
Justin: I really see both sides of the coin. I see why Jacob would be like that and why Edward would be like that, I really feel for both of them. I'm a human being, even though Jacob and Edward are not human beings... I'm very sympathetic toward their inner turmoil. It's funny, yesterday I was finishing up an improv class and I was walking to my car when I heard some guy call JUSTIN, and I look up and Taylor is right in my face! I was like WTF? I was like "Dude where did you come from?" Apparently he was doing voice overs for Abduction, it was the most random thing ever. After, I thought, ok here is Taylor Lautner, one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, he's probably booked till 2080 and he is really hard to get a hold of, he even has bodyguards now! How the heck am I just walking down the street and he's right in front of me? Obviously I know him but I just think about the whole thing because it's really weird man! All the actors in the movies have been together and gone through the progression. When I see any of them I'm just like "Hey Man, what's happening?" But then I think this whole thing is a such a trip. I see my other actor friends and I think, man if anyone else had seen this person they'd be so excited but I just saw them on the street or at the supermarket. Just the most random places! You know Tinsel Korey? I've seen her on the street getting into her car and its really weird. I see people all the time! Alex Meraz, I saw him at the airport in New Orleans and neither of us were shooting Breaking Dawn. It's not weird to me, but its weird in general. Hey Alex I'm looking for YOU man!
Here's a tip to all the Twilight fans - the more you don't look, the more likely you are to see them!
Twilightish: You have some interesting tweeting habits, what makes you tweet from odd places like the bathroom?
Justin: Ok I always have my phone with me and while I'm pooping I end up going on Twitter. I have some time and twitter is one of those things that is hard to keep up to date with, I want to let my followers know what I'm doing. I might as well let people know that I'm taking a poop. If you're following me and your interested in my tweets then I guess you would be interested in my pooping! Twitter is for saying what you have to say. I'll be out with a friend and I'll tell them that I'm off to go poop. I tell people in real life, so why not on Twitter? Pooping is natural, is pretty toxic so it's good to get it out. You'll probably die if you don't. I find it very natural to talk about my bowel moments.
Twilightish: We also had some questions about your burping during Twi-Tour. What made you start doing that?
Justin: I'm all about naturalism! What you see is what you get! It's not an act. I'm calm when I'm sleeping but when I'm up I act like myself. What you see is what you get! You're not seeing Eric on stage at Twi-Tour, you're seeing Justin Chon. That's what I do in my real life - I burp! I just heard on the radio that Blink182 song, "What's My Age Again" (A/N: Justin starting singing the song to me!) that is the story of my life. I'm 30 now and I still act like I'm 15, but tough to everyone who doesn't like it. I became an actor so I could be a kid forever, my sister is a lawyer and she's like "Grow up!" and I'm like "I am grown up!", and she's like "Mature answer" and I'm like "that is a mature answer" and so on. That's exactly why I became an actor.
Twilightish: What inspired you to do D*ck so Big, I'm in Canada, and Singy Singy Time?
Justin: Here's the thing, what I do as an actor is perform other people's materials. I never get to create my own stuff. My YouTube is another way to do what I want to do. If you want to watch than you can, but if you don't like it then don't watch! It's my own little television station, it's just another avenue for me to be artistic. I'm trying to put something out every week, but I get busy sometimes. I'm going to continue to do it. Honestly those are fillers, the Singy Singys, and when I have nothing to put up, I record a song on my computer. It is really raw, I'm not a singer or a recording artist. I just want to give people something to watch.
Twilightish: Any desire to maybe put out a record - Perhaps Chon Chon and his Ukulele?
Justin: No, I'm not! *giggles* I play music but I don't consider myself a professional musician, I just do it for fun. Maybe if enough people wanted me to, maybe I'd put something low quality out. My friend Wendy plays guitar and we recorded a song called "Personal Pan Pizza", kinda sounds moody and serious but the lyrics are ridiculous. If I could put something out like that and people enjoyed it I would! If you can get enough people to comment that they'd love a record or something, then I'll probably put something out. I'm learning to fiddle right now and so i'll probably include some of that too!
Twilightish: What's next for you now?
Justin: There are a few projects that I am up for, and we will see! I don't know if I've gotten them. More comedy for sure. I never thought I was very great at comedy but people love to cast me in that. I have some dramatic stuff here and there and taking it day by day. One day I might just disappear and not be a part of the public art scene, disappear and you guys will never hear from me again! But you'll still see me on Youtube.
I have some new movies coming out: "From the Rough" is coming out soon, it is a drama about a true story of a woman who turns her swim team coach success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
"Rock Jocks" is a comedy about an asteroid center that shoots down asteroids, until the government tries to shut it down.
And "Detention of the Dead," a movie about a group of high school students who find themselves trapped in detention with their classmates having turned into a horde of zombies.
Also a short called "Gin." I think we're going to have a screening in August!
*~*Thanks to Justin for taking the time to chat with us, we loved the stories! Don't forget to visit Justin on YouTube: HERE!*~*