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Lynn Chen has a three-decade career with credits in over 50 television series (Shameless, Silicon Valley), films (Saving Face, Go Back to China) audio books (Crazy Rich Asians), food shows (Buzzfeed, Cooking Channel) and video games ("Call of Duty: Black Ops III & IV"). Now she adds filmmaker to her resume, with her directorial feature debut I Will Make You Mine (SXSW 2020). Lynn is also an activist with The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), Miry’s List, and Time's Up API. Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Where do you live? Los Angeles
What's your day job? Actor/Filmmaker
Cupcakes or cashmere? CUPCAKES. If I were to answer "cashmere" anyone who knows me would laugh for a very long time.
✨ A Few Questions ✨
What’s playing on your Spotify right now? This mix, inspired by the Haim song "Hallelujah."
One thing you never leave the house without? My new dog, Miles "Tails" Chenwald! What's one quirk only your best friend would know about you? I eat ginger chews after every single meal, but only the ones at Trader Joe's. Other versions aren't the same.
Describe your perfect Saturday. Pre-quarantine version: Wake up early, then walk to Larchmont Village for coffee with friends at Go Get Em Tiger. Then my husband and I would drive out to Ojai, have a huge brunch at Farmer and the Cook, go shopping at Bart's Books, and drive back—stopping for a visit at my uncle and aunt's house on the beach to watch the sunset. Pick up an overpriced salad from Erewhon but only eat half of it because we decide to stop for ice cream at Salt & Straw. Shower and rest at home, change into sweats, then see a movie at The Arclight. Eat popcorn, drink a massive soda. Run into someone in "the biz" and set up a meeting for the following week, not caring that I have no makeup on and my hair is still damp. Finish the rest of my salad at home and read my new book.
What are your favorite things to talk about? Food! Obsessions, quirks, recipes, restaurants, etc. I had a whole podcast about it, "The Actor's Diet!"
How do you wind down after a tough day? Lately I've been coping by playing "Animal Crossing" and watching old movies.
⚡️Lightning Round ⚡️
Favorite food: Peanut Butter Soft Serve from Yoga-urt
Favorite item of clothing: An oversized T-shirt from the 1984 Summer Olympics that belonged to my husband's grandmother. It's so soft and sheer and miraculously hole-free!
Most-used app on your phone: Dr. Mario World
Thing you could do for hours and never get sick of: Make movies! Most of my days on set are 14 to 16 hours and I still can't get enough.
What did you go to school for: Women's Studies and Music
Go-to drink order: Hot Water (no lemon, no tea bag)
Favorite book of all time: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume
Favorite movie: The Before Sunrise Trilogy (I know that's three, but I count them as one)
Favorite show right now: "I May Destroy You"