Terry Chen is an actor of many roles and many genres. He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to pursue his acting career, which just so happens to span over a decade. Terry made his acting debut in 2000 in a supporting role in the much praised movie Almost Famous.
Terry has been a constant fixture in Hollywood as an actor in a variety of different roles in both film and television, which is not always an easy task in the entertainment business. It takes great talent and skill to play such diverse roles, which is why we see so much of Terry on-screen. His presence over the years has only grown and advanced into bigger and better roles as his work speaks for itself.
Recently I caught up with Terry and chatted with him on some of his most recent work on the hit SyFy show Continuum and some other upcoming projects.
D: I know your most recent work has been on the hit SyFy series Continuum. The series finale was somewhat a bit mysterious with your character. As we go into season 3 will we be seeing much more of your character and his story?
Terry: Yes. My character Curtis Chen will be making a strong comeback in season 3. Much will be revealed in terms of his personal journey and exactly what he's doing this year.
D: Is your character becoming a permanent fixture or just recurring at this time?
Terry: Currently I'm signed on for half the season. I'm having lots of fun these days jumping around on a few shows doing multiple arcs. Creatively, it's been such a luxury playing different characters and staying fresh on set. I'm always trying to add value as an actor to every production and having diverse experiences help filter what works and what doesn't.
D: What was it about Continuum that made you want to be a part of the show?
Terry: Continuum is a special one for me, not only because of creator/writer Simon Barry, but because I'm shooting in my home town. The material is original, engaging and set in one of my favorite genres. Our stunt coordinator, Kimani Ray Smith has been one of my closest friends for almost 20 years. But again, at the top of this laundry list is Simon Barry, our fearless leader. It always starts at the top for me. I love working with people that just want to see you win and crush every scene. Simon's one of those people.
D: You work with a great ensemble. How much fun does the cast have on the set?
Terry: Don't even get me started on the cast. Everyone rocks. We're all so different and quirky. It's the true definition of a dysfunctional family.
D: Do you find shows such as Continuum more challenging than other roles since it is more supernatural in nature?
Terry: Continuum is a time travel paradigm. Which can definitely make things tricky, but our writers are always around to confirm or evolve story. The collaboration on this show make the challenges opportunities.
D: I know some actors prefer certain roles or the story does it for them. How do you choose the roles you want to portray?
Terry: I want to experience playing every character that has ever existed. In my mind. Just kidding. I've been very fortunate to play lots of different roles. There isn't one specific type of character I like playing. Obviously as an ethnic minority I don't want to be type cast, which is really tough in this business, but I keep putting myself out there for varied roles. Sometimes we get responses, sometimes we don't. It's all in the trying for me. I have a love/hate thing with roles that challenge or scare me. Maybe because of type casting, but I've learned to embrace those opportunities and just commit to whatever I'm playing.
D: You have a great deal of violent scenes. Do you do your own stunts or ever get hurt on set?
Terry: I like to think I can do my own stunts like any other jackass actor. Our stunt coordinator, Kimani Ray Smith, is incredibly talented and choreographs every fight scene to feature film standards. Like I mentioned before we're good friends so there's no option of disappointment. At the end of the day our stunt performers are much more capable of pulling off the goods and never fail. They're all real super heroes.
D: What can you tell me about your character this upcoming season on the show?
Terry: My character Curtis Chen will kick ass this season, and probably have a smart ass comment or two. But mostly kick ass. I'm very excited for our fans. The mind blowing of season 2 will continue on to season 3.
D: What other projects do you have coming up that we can look forward to?
Terry: I think season 3 of Continuum comes out sometime in March of 2014. I'm also doing arcs on a new CW show called 'The 100', airing March of 2014. And season 2 of 'House of Cards' for Netflix, airing Valentine's Day 2014.
D: Tell me a little bit about House of Cards and your role. I know it just recently became available on Netflix…correct?
Terry: My lips are tightly sealed about 'House of Cards'. We'll have to talk about it more in February. All I can say is that I play a really fun character. I'm also eagerly awaiting season 2, fans will not be disappointed. Season 1 came out last February and is available on Netflix.
D: Anything you would like to add?
Terry: 3+3=6 (dad jokes all day)
D: Where can people find you?
Terry: I'm on twitter @theterrychen and have a page on FB. Thanks so much for the chats Dana. Talk to you in February.
Terry Chen is also quite the comedian when speaking with him, which adds even more depth to his already glowing personality. It is always a pleasure chatting with Terry, and I urge you all to follow him on Twitter and like his Facebook page. Terry is one of those actors that always keep you wanting to see more of his work as he continues his successful path in the industry.
Simply put, Terry Chen is badass both on and off screen.
Dana Jacoviello is a writer, psychology student, student affiliate of APA and NYSPA, works in cyber-bullying investigations, participated in a 30 Day Challenge as an expert in healing and recovery in personal growth/emotional well-being for the OM Times, & is a reporter/writer for the OM Times. Dana is also a motivational mentor/coach, with a strong interest in networking & social media, healing, recovery, yoga & meditation. Please join Dana on her latest anti- bullying campaign/project www.bullieskeepout.com
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