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AsiaFinest's Interview with Byron Mann
AF: How did you get into the acting?
Byron: I got into acting because I ran out of things to do. I was in college, then graduate school, and finally realized I didnt like what I was studying to do -- law, so I turned to something I enjoyed doing when I was in high school -- acting.
AF: What's your daily life like?
Byron: My daily routine changes all the time. When Im filming, I go with the filming schedule waking up early, coming home late, long, irregular hours. When not filming, I travel, spend some time in Asia, or simply stay home and relax.
AF: What was your favorite project or work to this date?
Byron: Almost every project Ive worked on has been close to me. Thats because you spend so much time and energy on them, theyre kind of like your children. And I enjoy all the films Ive worked on for different reasons: The Corruptor, I had a lot of free time so it was like a paid vacation, and I knew we were making a good film. On Invincible, we were filming in Sydney, Australia, and that was fantastic. Everyday was fun in the sun. On Streetfighter, we filmed in Thailand, Australia and Canada. That was my introduction to big-time production. So much happened on that project I cant begin to mention them. Lets just say, it wasnt boring.
AF: How has the Internet changed your life?
Byron: The Internet has allowed me to access people and information in a way that is really unbelievable. I enjoy calling a friend up in another continent for free anytime of the day. At the same time, its easy for the Internet to replace human interaction, which I find is really the point. I try not to have computers replace human beings.
AF: For the female visitors of AsiaFinest: Are you currently single? How would a girl approach you? What do you look for in a girl? Turn Ons and Turn Offs?
Byron: In terms of women, I think the best way to meet people is through friends. If a woman is warm and honest, thats a big plus. If she tends to be dishonest, materialistic, or downright cold, I start running.
AF: Did your parents support your decision to act?
Byron: I think my parents didnt quite understand what I was doing in terms of acting; no one in my family comes from entertainment, or knows anyone in entertainment. But after a while, when they saw that I was happy doing what I was doing, and able to make a good living at it, they were fine with it.
Byron: Hardest part of being an actor is waiting: theres waiting for a project to happen, waiting for your turn to act, waiting for the set to be lit, waiting for your film to come out. A lot of waiting.
AF: Where would you be today if you weren't an actor?
Byron: If I werent an actor, I might be a real estate developer, or a travel consultant, or anything to do with golf.
AF: Any goals that you want to achieve but still haven't?
Byron: I have many goals, most of which are personal. If you let the goose out, then everyones going to hold you accountable for it.
AF: For the male visitors of AsiaFinest: How do you keep in shape? Any advice or tips for guys who's thinking of becoming actors?
Byron: Any exercise on a daily basis and a healthy, balanced diet would be conducive to keeping in shape. Running, gym, golf, tennis, yoga, almost anything that gets your blood moving is good exercise. Any diet that consists of vegetables, fruits and white meat would be a healthy diet. And drink lots of water. I would give the same advice to someone who wants to be an actor as someone who wants to be a doctor: if you can find something else that makes you happy, do it instead.
AF: What do you do for fun?
Byron: For fun, I like to travel, play golf, play tennis, watch good films, eat nice food, hang out with good friends.
AF: Is true that you're a pretty good tennis player? Are you into any other sports?
Byron: I grew up playing lots of tennis, competed in tennis, and taught tennis. These days, I still play from time to time, but I enjoy playing golf a little bit more.
AF: What genre of music and which artist are you listening to now?
Byron: I listen to soft rock mostly. I cant tell you the artists names, because I dont know who sings the songs. My friends give me CDs and I listen to them. Recently, Ive been listening a lot of Mandarin songs, some of which are very good. But again, I dont know the names of the artists.
AF: Any upcoming projects that we should look out for?
Byron: I just finished Dragon Boys, a ground-breaking show about Asian organized crime in Canada. I play a cop, and Im after a crime boss played by Hong Kongs Eric Tsang (Infernal Affairs). Its an excellent show, and will come out in the fall in Canada, and later on, in the U.S. and Asia. Also coming out are The Shanghai Kid with Kelly Hu, and the horror thriller The Counting House with Maggie Q.
AF: Dragon Boys sounds pretty interesting. Is Dragon Boys a TV series or TV movie?
Byron: Dragon Boys is a four-hour miniseries for CBC, the BBC of Canada. It is the first time in North America (ie. in the US and Canada) that there is an epic miniseries starring predominately an all Asian cast in a mainstream network television program in prime time. It will air in September or October this year. At the same time, talks are being held to buy the show for Asia and the US So, it will likely air in the US networks sometime later. The cast includes actors from the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Singapore.
AF: That's just about wraps up our interview, thanks again Byron!
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