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Katie cast in Channel 4 miniseries “Run”

posted by on Jun 24, 2012 • Categories: "Run", Katie News, Projects

Go Katie!

Channel4.com have announced that Katie has nabbed a lead in their upcoming miniseries “Run” and will act against Olivia Colman. “Run” is a contemporary drama series which follows four seemingly unconnected people and their life-changing decisions. It will air in four parts and is currently filming in and around London.

Ying (Katie Leung) is an illegal Chinese immigrant who sells pirate DVDs and stolen phones on the streets of Brixton in hope of making a life for herself in the UK. But first she must pay her debts to the Snakehead gang who smuggled her into Britain. When an immigration raid leaves her with no friends, no home and no money, an unlikely love story begins which could offer Ying a way out.

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Interview: Life after Hogwarts

posted by on May 04, 2012 • Categories: "Wild Swans", Articles, Katie News, Projects

In 2004, 3,000 hopeful actresses from all over the world auditioned to play Harry Potter’s first girlfriend, Cho Chang. Eight years and four films later, the girl that got it, Katie Leung, is making her stage debut in Wild Swans at the Young Vic. She talks to Matt Trueman about life after Hogwarts…

How did doing the Harry Potter films prepare you for a long-term acting career?
More than anything, it’s taught me what I actually want to do in life. Before I started, I didn’t really have any idea at all. I was sixteen, still at school and jealous of my friends who knew what they wanted to do. Harry Potter solved that, but it came out of nowhere.

You learn so much just by watching. I didn’t really ask questions, because it’s very intense and there’s a lot of money involved, but I kind of regret that a bit. That’s just me I guess. David Yates, the director on Order of the Phoenix, was very inspirational. He’s a timid person too and he’s working on such a massive project with so many people involved. I found that really reassuring.

How do open auditions compare to the auditions you go in for now?
The difference is huge. When I went for the Harry Potter audition, I had no intention of getting the part. I didn’t have a vision of being a Hollywood actress or anything. It was just a nice day trip to London with my Dad. Compared to the girls from drama school, I had it really easy. Now when I go to auditions from my agent, it’s a completely different story. People judge you on a different level, because of your credentials. There’s a lot more pressure now.

Both Cho Chang and Jung Chang, your role in Wild Swans, exist beyond the script. How do you approach that as an actor?
It’s difficult, because it’s a novel and, at the end of the day, people have their own opinions of the character. The thing is, if you try to please everyone at the same time, you’ll find it absolutely impossible. So it’s best to come to a decision for yourself: how do you want to play this character.

To be honest, Wild Swans was a lot more challenging, because Jung Chang [Leung plays the author of the original memoir] is a real person, so there’s a lot less leeway. She was the first woman to come out of China and get a PhD in English, out of millions, and you have to respect that. Plus she was around during rehearsals, so that’s pretty daunting in itself.

Was it a conscious decision to follow Potter with theatre? Do you think actors need to get on stage?
Actually, after Potter finished, I considered stopping acting. I started having doubts, because I wasn’t sure whether I got the role based on acting ability or simply because I fitted it so specifically. So I went to drama school and did a summer course. The feedback I got and the fun I had confirmed that I should do it. To be honest, now I’m on stage, I feel like I can prove that to other people as well. People can take me seriously as an actress because I’m on stage playing an amazing character from real life.

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Interview: Harry Potter star Katie Leung makes stage debut… before a spell at drama school

posted by on May 04, 2012 • Categories: "Wild Swans", Articles, Katie News, Projects

She has appeared in five Harry Potter movies and makes her London stage debut tonight, but Katie Leung is going back to school — to learn how to act.

Following her run in Wild Swans, an adaptation of the bestselling book, Leung, 24, will take up a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow this autumn.

“I heard a few weeks ago, and I’m very excited,” said the actress who famously kissed Daniel Radcliffe in the Order of the Phoenix.

“I had a day’s worth of auditions and the first question they asked was, ‘You’re a working actress, why do you want to come back to train?’

“But having seen all the actors in Wild Swans who have trained, I can see the difference between myself and them. I feel it is fundamental.”

She said she was nervous but excited about her London stage debut in the play, which tells the true story of three generations of women in China, based on the book by Jung Chang.

“It is a very emotional journey,” she said. “I’m playing someone who is similar to my age, and to see the progression in her family suffering over the period of the Cultural Revolution can be very upsetting.”

Leung, who comes from Motherwell, is also in her final year of a photography degree and has to submit her finals coursework by the last day of Wild Swans.

“I’m trying to juggle both of them. I think once we open I will have more time to do what I need to do during the day and come to the show in the evening. At the moment, it’s impossible.”

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Interview: “I almost quit acting after Harry Potter”

posted by on May 04, 2012 • Categories: "Wild Swans", Articles, Katie News, Projects

Shy Harry Potter star Katie Leung was sure her acting career was over but the stage beckoned and now the actress is now set to star in Wild Swans, a stage adaptation of Jung Chang’s autobiographical bestseller.

‘I was really doubting that I could continue acting,’ admits Katie Leung. International fame doesn’t necessarily give you confidence, it would seem. At 16, she found herself the focus of intense global scrutiny when she was cast as Cho Chang, the object of Harry Potter’s affections in The Goblet Of Fire and the recipient of his iconic first kiss in The Order Of The Phoenix. But, despite the attention Pottermania brought her, Leung doubted whether acting was a viable career option for her.

‘In a way, I felt that perhaps I was chosen for the part in Potter for the way I looked, more than anything,’ she says carefully. ‘I thought afterwards that would be the end of it.’

Prior to landing the role of Cho, Leung hadn’t given much consideration to her future profession. ‘I knew I enjoyed art; I enjoyed drawing and painting,’ she says. Since she wasn’t sure acting was going to pan out, she signed up to study photography. ‘[Harry Potter] was history, almost. I was nearing the end of it and I was moving on as a person as well.’

But then last summer she did a two-week acting for camera course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. ‘Being told I was able to do it – with some training – gave me more confidence, I guess,’ she says. The boost clearly proved useful because shortly afterwards Leung, now 24, landed the role of Er-hong in Wild Swans, a stage adaptation of Jung Chang’s autobiographical bestseller. It’s her first professional stage role – indeed, it’s her first stage role of any kind. ‘I’d never even been in a school play before,’ she smiles.

Chang’s ambitious 1991 epic describes a turbulent period of Chinese history, from the rise of Mao to the Cultural Revolution, via the lives of three generations of women. The theatrical version compresses the book’s 700-odd pages into 90 minutes. And now, after a first run in Boston, the production is coming to London’s Young Vic as part of World Stages London, a celebration of the capital’s diversity.

Wild Swans has a personal resonance for Scottish-born Leung, a fluent Cantonese speaker whose parents have strong ties to Hong Kong. Indeed, her involvement with the project has provided her with an induction to a largely unexplored part of her own heritage. ‘I was clueless before I started on the play,’ she confesses.

Since then, however, she’s grown much more aware of her family’s history, and stories about her forebears have become much more real as a result of her immersion in the world of Wild Swans.

‘You don’t realise the hardships that they went through until you do something like this,’ she says. ‘It doesn’t matter how much they tell you about how difficult it was; but to actually go through it yourself [in the play] is a different matter.’

Thanks to the global popularity of the Harry Potter films, she gets fan mail from China. ‘They always mention the fact that I’m Chinese and they’re very proud of that,’ says Leung, who visits Hong Kong regularly since her mother moved there. But given that Chang’s book is banned in mainland China, it’s unlikely the stage play could travel there.

Leung has no illusions about her place in the Potter universe. ‘Huge film, minor role,’ she laughs. She’s delighted to have been a part of the phenomenon, however, and with the effect it has had on her. ‘[Beforehand] I was an introvert, really – I still am, although I’ve come out of my shell a bit more now.’

Performing in front of a live audience also helps. ‘It’s amazing what happens to you when you’re on stage,’ she says. ‘Being an introvert, you expect very horrible things but it’s the complete opposite. The reaction from the audience fuels you.’ That the Boston audiences were so ‘vocally responsive’ helped too.

As for the future, Leung hopes to continue with photography, although she’s in no doubt which career is likely to pay better. ‘Acting could fund my art gallery,’ she says.

She would also like more stage work – a path also taken by the chap she shared that famous screen kiss with, Daniel Radcliffe. His theatre work has included the headline-grabbing Equus, in which he bared all. Would she like to work with him on stage one day? ‘Possibly,’ she laughs. ‘Both in the nude!’

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Katie talks about “Wild Swans”

posted by on Apr 06, 2012 • Categories: "Wild Swans", Katie News, Movie News, Videos

Boston’s WGBH sat down with “Wild Swans” author, theatre screen writer and, of course, Katie and discusses the nuances of the show, the oppressive environment of the play and Katie’s worries about portraying the protagonist. The interview also features actual scenes from the play.

“Wild Swans” is set to open at the Young Vic in London from 13 April 2012 and will run until 13 May 2012. Please see the Young Vic website for more information and ticket purchases.

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