jocelynseagraveေနးရွင္းသတင္းစာထူေထာင္သူ ဦးေလာယံု၏ ေျမး၊ အေမရိက ၏အေရာင္းရဆုံး၀တဳၱတန္း၀င္ စာေရးဆရာ Sterling Seagrave (The Soong Dynasty, Gold Warriors)ႏွင့္ ဆုရစာေရးဆရာမ Wendy Law-Yone (The Coffin Tree, Irrawaddy Tango)တို႔၏သမီး .. ေဟာလိ၀ုဒ္၏ရုပ္ရွင္ႏွင့္တီဗီဇတ္လမ္းတြဲေပါင္း၂၀တြင္ပါ၀င္သရုပ္ေဆာင္ထားသူ မင္းသမီး Jocelyn Seagrave (born September 9, 1968) ႏွင့္မႏၱေလးဂဇက္အယ္ဒီတာေဆာင္းဦးပန္းတို႔ဧျပီလအတြင္းေတြ႔ဆံုေမးျမန္းမႈမ်ားကို ေဖၚျပလိုက္ရပါသည္။ မိတ္ဆက္ေပးသူ ကိုေအာင္မင္းႏိုင္အားေက်းဇူးတင္ပါေၾကာင္း..။

1) Your early days in Thailand .

Do you remember your old days with your grandpa?

I remember some of my years with my grandfather, Edward Law-Yone, once we all got to the U.S. He was a very interesting, charismatic man. He founded The Nation newspaper and was jailed for six years by Ne Win for his writing. When he left Burma, he helped start a government in exile in Thailand, which eventually folded. Then he and my grandmother moved to the U.S.

My twin brother Sean and I were born in Bangkok and lived 2 years in Thailand before moving to Malaysia and to Singapore. Finally, we entered the United States when we were four, so after that we saw my grandfather fairly often. Unfortunately, he died when I was eleven. I still remember him well, though. I’m very excited to have been able to learn more about him recently, because my mother, Wendy Law-Yone, has just written a memoir about him and the early days of Independence. It’s called The Golden Parasol and will be published in the U.K. in June.

2)Have you ever visit to Burma?

I went to Burma in 2008 just before cyclone Nargis in order to research the novel I was writing. I got to travel all around the country, from Yangon to Mandalay to Pagan to Inle Lake. It was very exciting to see so much of the country. At the end of the trip we drove all the way up to the border of China, to Nam Kham. My other grandfather, Gordon Seagrave, had built a hospital there, and it was a dream of mine to see it. I’d read all his books about his adventures as a missionary doctor in the 1920’s and 30’s, then helping the war effort against Japan in WW2 and eventually marching out with General Stilwell. What impressed me as much as the great work he did was how smart and tough his nurses were. They were often young girls from local villages—Kachin, Chin, Shan, Karen, and many other ethnicities. They were amazing nurses and worked well together in spite of being from different ethnic groups. One of them was still alive and I got to meet her. It was a real privilege.

Of course I also loved the food. My relatives in Yangon fed me so much and were very generous and kind to me. I must have gained some weight that trip, but it was worth it!

3) Do you follow Burmese film industry or music industry?

Well, I’m interested in the Burmese film industry because of my experience as an actor. I was in Burma again recently, December of 2012, for a workshop given by the Myanmar Motion Picture Organization. It was very interesting to get to meet with Burmese directors and producers and actors and to talk about what kinds of changes they want to make. There is a real sense of hope now that there is a bit more freedom of expression. Unfortunately, the industry—especially in terms of technology—has been stagnant for so many years that it will take a while to catch up. But the positive thing is that there are many wonderful stories from Burma that the world doesn’t yet know, and I hope now they will be heard.

4) Have you ever seen Burmese movies?

What is your opinion about how to promote our Burmese films to get their own creation?

Most of the Burmese films are copied from westerns, Korean, and Japan.

I’ve only seen a few, but I think the documentaries are especially promising. The Yangon Film School is making great progress training and mentoring young filmmakers. The other way to make strides is to get an international movie to come and shoot in Myanmar. When that happens, local crew will learn many current techniques very quickly. But in order to do that, the obstacles need to be minimized—from moving easily around the country to bringing in high-tech equipment through customs and other logistical issues. I think that it will happen, though, because the locations in Myanmar are so beautiful and unique. There are gorgeous areas that have never been used as settings in films, and they will certainly be in demand.

5) When and how did you get to start in acting?

I did it a little bit in high school—maybe one play. And then, in college, I took a couple acting classes, but I was more focused on writing. I was an English major. After college, however, I decided I wasn’t ready to commit to the somewhat solitary writing life. I moved to Los Angeles to try some acting and ended up getting work pretty quickly.
I moved to New York to do the soap opera The Guiding Light, and after three years on that, I went back to LA to do more shows—mostly TV, but some film and commercials.

6) What do you feel about acting in TV films VS movies?

Shooting a TV show is a faster process. You don’t have much rehearsal, and you usually only get to do one or two takes of each scene. Sometimes that’s a little bit frustrating because you want to do it again and again, but they don’t have time. But it is also exciting to work that way and requires you to be at your best with very little preparation. So I like the challenge of TV a little better, but there are advantages to each.

7)What are your strong points as an actor?

Being mean! I enjoy roles where I get to express anger or play the evil person because it’s a fun break from my normal life.

8) What are your weak points?

I think being very, very soft and emotional is a little harder for me. But not too hard.

9) What are the tips to be a successful actor?

One of the biggest things to remember is to keep working at it every day, even if no one is paying you. Get into a class or practice scenes with friends, or monologues on your own. It’s important to exercise those muscles, just like with any endeavor. It would be crazy to expect a painter to be successful if she only got to paint every few months when someone hired her. But unfortunately that’s often the case with actors because we fall into a trap of waiting to be legitimized by a job.

10) How do you think how the film stars handle their popularity?

I think a lot of stars are used to being the center of attention, so many of them handle it graciously if someone comes up to them and asks for an autograph or something. There are usually only a few who are rude, but those are the ones that get written about in the press. At the same time, it’s important to remember that everyone can have a bad day. So we need to cut them some slack if they respond badly at times.

11) What is your favourite movie and actor?

I enjoy old movies like “Rebecca” and other Hitchock films—they often have a twist at the end, which I love. I’m also into futuristic movies like “The Matrix.” In general I’m more into suspense and action than love stories.

12) What is your favourite mistake?

Good question. I think my favourite mistake was always wondering how I should focus my energy, on acting or on writing. I was always torn between the two. But when I became a mother I realized that was a silly debate, because the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done is to raise my children. It was a mistake to agonize over my career, and now I try to just do the work that’s in front of me because real success is something different.

13) You are also a writer.

I just finished writing my first novel, The Promise Of Air, and my agent is showing it to publishers. It is set in Burma during Cyclone Nargis and tells the story of an American woman of Burmese descent who is struggling with whether to become a mother. I’ve also written poems, short stories and screenplays, and I’ve started working on a second novel.

14) Can you tell about your family?

My husband and I have been married twenty years, and we have two daughters, one is eight and the other is eleven. We like to travel as a family. My twin brother lives in Thailand and my parents are in Europe, so there are many wonderful places to visit. At home, we go to a lot of soccer games—my daughters are big soccer players like my husband. It’s not the way I grew up, so it’s funny to find myself a ‘soccer mom.’

15) Please give your message to Burmese community who love you.

I think it has been great having Burmese heritage because it is very unique, and people around the world are only now just starting to know about Burma. It is an exciting time for the country. I hope the Burmese community feels optimistic about the changes that are starting, but I know there is a long road ahead. I look forward to having the world learn more about Burma—what an incredibly beautiful country it is, how warm and diverse the people are, and of course how delicious the food is!

16) Do you like Burmese traditional costume?

Definitely. I like to wear a longyi and a tshirt together. The fabrics that are woven in Burma are very special, and when I visited there I enjoyed seeing the techniques that were used to make them.

မွတ္ခ်က္။ ။ မႏၱေလးဂဇက္ ေမလ ၂၀၁၃ ထုတ္တြင္ေဖာ္ျပျပီးျဖစ္သည္။

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