An emerging actor, comedian, dancer, YouTuber, to name a few, Connie Wang is taking the industry by storm. After graduating from the University of Toronto, Wang went on to study with remarkable instructors and professional artists from Canada's National Voice Intensive, Second City and more. Learn more about the actress and her work in Tokens below! And remember to check out the IPF trailer and share!
netTVnow: How did you get involved with Tokens?
Connie Wang: I met Winnie (Jong) at a Women in Director’s Chair party last spring. I remember chatting with her and feeling like she really knew who she was and what she was doing. As an actor, nothing feels more secure than working with a director with a precise vision, but also the laid-backness to play.
NTN: What attracted you to it?
CW: Winnie sent me the pilot script and after reading it, my immediate response was, “Oh my God, this is me.” I resonate so well with Sammie. What attracted me most to the script was how it pushes conventional boundaries. Why can’t Sammie be a tattooed bouncer? Why can’t I play an Asian girl who plays a tattooed bouncer? Tokens is so appealing because it makes me question how I categorize myself in my everyday life which limits my possibility of feeling empowered all the time.
NNT: As an Asian actor, do you often find that some of the stereotypes discussed are true?
CW: Yes. The stereotypes that are discussed are true because the film/TV industry is a visual medium, the way a person looks is a key factor in being cast in a role. It’s interesting because in my day to day life, I experience varying degrees of racism or sometimes none, but being an actor, it can be so obviously racist when you see how a project portrays people of color. What is worrisome is that the general public receives this visual portrayal and the chances of them understanding their world through this perspective is high. Monkey see, monkey do, right? So the push for authentic representation and inclusion in film/TV is critical in order to make the world a better place. And Tokens is a show that exemplifies not only authentic representation, but also challenges stereotypical categories.
NTN: What do you hope audiences will take away from Tokens?
CW: I hope audiences will take away the idea that the way other people see you doesn’t matter. It’s ultimately about how you see yourself and how willing you are to detach from stereotypical categories you are connected to in order to live freely and happily.
NTN: Is this your first web series? If so, what are you most excited about?
CW: Yes, this is my first web series. I’m most excited to film shorter episodes because I’ve never done that before. It’s a new way of storytelling/working for me.
NTN: Any advice for aspiring actors?
CW: I still see myself as an aspiring actor and this is what I tell myself everyday: “What is for me is already here. It’s just a matter of time before I see it.” Saying this phrase grounds me when I feel like my life is going no where haha. It’s all about feeling that I’m on the right track and following my intuition. When I was starting out, I used to do things that I thought I was “supposed” to do. That just caused me to be miserable because I wasn’t doing things that I wanted, I was doing things that I thought I had to. I was living a lie. Because really, once you stop chasing and stand strong in stillness, all the right things will find you.
NTN: Any upcoming projects you’d like to share, or anything else to add?
CW: I’m currently producing and starring in a web series called, Don’t Ask Alice (The Adventures of Collie and Doli). It’s hard being a producer, there’s just so much organization needed. I’ve really stepped up my management skills lately!
I’d like to say how important it is to work with people you want to work with. It is super hot right now to have original authentic content. So please, go tell stories that matter to you. And tell it from your heart, the world could really use it right now.