Jimmy O. Yang
On being unexpected
On being unexpected
Words: Henry Wu @hello.henry
Photographer: Ted Sun @tedsun77
Stylist: Kimmy Erin @kimmyerin
Makeup Artist: Sonia Lee for Exclusive Artists using KMS @sonialeeartistry
Retouch: Crystal Retouch @crystal_retouch
Photo Assist: Ido Samuel @ido_samuel
I'm Jimmy O. Yang, I'm an actor, a lover, and an occasional chef.
Anything that has a great story, and it would be really fun to do something unexpected. I think that's what I've always tried to do -- something different. Maybe an unlikely action hero, Rambo? Maybe more based on real-life people. I loved the Donut King documentary; maybe the Donut King? But I'm open to any great stories and characters.
I've known Harry since Crazy Rich Asians; it was so great to have him on the same set. Every day, we ordered dim sum to our trailers for lunch. It's fun that Harry and I kind of do a role reversal from the characters we were used to playing. He's usually the heartthrob, and I've played a few big, loud party guys, but it's the other way around this time. I'm the romantic lead, and he's the dickhead brother, so that was fun.
It was my first time working with Darren. What can I say about Darren Barnet that hasn't been said about Julia Roberts? Beautiful, talented, and simply a star.
He's an underdog. He starts off by doing something pretty unlikable - catfishing someone because of his own insecurities. And he has to earn the trust of Natalie and the audience through this great arc in the film. It's the "learn to love yourself for who you are" thing that everyone, including myself, can really relate to. And if he can just work past those insecurities, he's actually a beautiful, kind, awesome guy.
Everyone has their insecurities, so did I, and I still do. It's usually from things that have happened to us, and we've repeated a negative thought throughout the years. Whether it's something our parents said, something we failed at when we were young, or just a nagging negative self-talk, we all have it. And it often takes someone like Natalie's character to help turn the negativity into positivity.
Nobody is perfect, and everyone should be and will be loved for who they are.
It's nice to see guys make candles. It's cool to see Josh keeping his candle-making a secret to finally telling his dad about it and finding acceptance. A lot of it is generational like I don't think my dad would understand, but I think my friends or people younger than me wouldn't think it's weird at all. That's the definition of progress, but we are still working on many things.
I don't think it does anything to dwell on regrets and wish to go back and change something. I always try to learn from past mistakes, take them as a positive lesson, and move on. I've learned a lot from good relationships and even more from bad ones. I never beat myself up over it. It's just life experiences. The main takeaway is very similar to Love Hard's theme - be honest, be true, not just to others, but even more importantly, to yourself.
I'm ready to do more leading roles in all genres. I'm writing a couple of things that I'm very excited about. Also, more standup in 2022!