An interview with highly skilled actor Allan Liang. Here is what he had to say about life in the acting world!
How and when did you first get into performing?
I was 9 years old when I first started having an interest in acting. I attended Summer Hill Performing Arts Primary school and that's where I first took a dip into the pool of acting. After this, there was no turning back. I was hooked on it!
Who were some of your biggest inspirations?
Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, James Dean, River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Sean Penn. In terms of directors- I love Martin Scorsese, Tarantino and Ang Lee.
What kind have training have you done?
National Institute of Dramatic Art - 2006 and 2010
I studied at The Marjorie Ballentine Studio in 2012.
I've since studied with Australian veteran actor Andy McPhee.
What has been your favorite role to play so far?
My favorite role was in a film called "Family Tree". My character was a typical rebellious teenage boy unhappy with his mothers expectations. It deals with the stress and anxiety of a typical Asian mother wanting her son to be an academic and have perfect test scores. These expectations soon trigger my characters emotions. Its a very raw short film. I could draw from personal experiences to adapt to my character.
What projects do you have coming up?
I'm attached to a film produced by Reel Kind Productions which starts shooting later this year. The people behind Reel Kind Productions are Louis Hunter (CW'S The Secret Circle) and Sharath Ravishanka.
Who would be your ideal co-star and why?
I wouldn't say I have an ideal co-star but it would be a dream come true if I ever worked with De Niro or Meryl Streep. Their world of knowledge in the craft of acting would feed and educate me as an artist.
What are your plans for the future?
I've been speaking to a few record labels in Asia so music may be next on the cards but my main focus is to keep working in tv and film. I would eventually get into producing.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Believe in yourself and To never give up! If you want it that bad, and if there is truly nothing else in the world that excites you or feeds you artistically or creatively, then put in the hard work and just hustle.