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INTERVIEW WITH THE ACTORS OF RHAPSODY OF LOVE

DAMIEN SATO

BIOGRAPHY

Damien Sato play Justin Judd in Rhapsody of Love

Damien recently starred in feature film ‘Rhapsody of Love’ with co-star Kathy Luu, in Australia’s first romcom featuring two Asian leads. The film has gained wide-interest and has been submitted to various film festivals including the prestigious Gold Coast Film Festival. He has also been involved with various productions including ‘Innocent Killer’ which won best feature film at the International Film & Entertainment Festival of Australia.

Damien is known as an multi-talented actor with a broad range of skills including but not limited to: languages (Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese), martial arts (krav maga, weapons, boxing), presenting and hosting.

He has also studied at various established institutions such as Actor’s Centre of Australia, NIDA and Screenwise, Actors Pulse, and with several of Australia’s top directors and casting directors. With a firm drive for constant self-improvement and growth, he is relentless in becoming a better actor and just an overall better human being.

– What are your strong points as an actor?

I’m a very analytical person, which tends to keep me in my head, however, at the same time it allows for me to break down and understand characters with great depth.

– What have you learned from the directors that you have worked with throughout your career?

That every director has their own style and processes – It’s up to the actor to adapt to them, just as much as it is for the director to adapt to actors.

– What are some of the difficulties of the acting business?

What’s not difficult? Seriously, there are too many to list (uncertain career path, don’t know when your next pay cheque will be, dealing with egomaniacs etc.), however, it’s the challenges that make it such a rewarding career path.

– What’s challenging about bringing a script to life?

Really believing you are the character. Audiences can tell when you are being inauthentic or trying to act as if you are the character.

– What do you do when you’re not filming?

Keeping my other assets working sharp, i.e. body, mind and relationships. As an actor, you are the product, so you have to take care of all areas of your life to keep yourself going strong.

– What has been the most memorable experience of your career so far?

The whole thing has been a giant blur of goodness. I would say the best times I’ve had were being paid to travel the world whilst being able to work with awesome people.

– Who have been the most interesting people you’ve met so far?

Actors are an odd bunch, there’s always an interesting story behind each of them. No one really stands out when I think about it.

– If someone is going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?

Someone devilish handsome and charming… so myself haha. Kidding (or am I?). Truth be told, it would have to be Henry Golding, because lots of people say I look like him. It would be a good change for people to say he looks like me!

– What are your future plans? Inside your career or out of it.

Keep doing what I’m doing – putting myself out there and growing. I would love to have broken out to the U.S or international markets.

– If there is anything else or interesting you can tell us

I plan to be single at this moment, there’s simply too many things to do in life!

KATHY LUU

BIOGRAPHY

Kathy Luu is an actor, director, photographer and writer.. Born in Sydney to Vietnamese refugee parents, she studied law and film at UNSW, before becoming an actor. Creating innovative short content videos and visuals for social media is part of Kathy’s creative practice. She is inspired by work that is bold, funny, unique, playful and crazily creative. Her film The Real Zombie Housewives has won international awards for its originality and comedy.

She can be last seen acting in the NBC comedy The Good Place, and domestically soon to be released, the first Asian- Australian lead rom-com, Rhapsody of Love as the lead and associate producer. She is currently in post production for her web series Zombie Therapy as director, co-producer and actor.

– Can you tell us more about yourself? 

They say we carry the unlived lives and dreams of our parents.  My parents, though factory workers by day in their early years of living in Australia, were at heart romantics, poets, artists, philosophers, dreamers and great humanists. This explains my love for the arts and also why I did not finish law school! So love, art, beauty, creativity, movement, care for humanity, delight and freedom (when I remember!) is who I am in more core essence – to express and live that in my daily life and through my art is what I am about in a paragraph.

How did you get started in the entertainment industry? 

My first acting gig was when I was 6 years old – cast as Dorothy in The Wizard of OZ in the primary school play. My first adult acting gig was in a music video with a very talented Australian director Luke Eve, who has become a great friend.

– What do you like most about acting? 

Acting is so much an exploration of being human. Getting to experience something new through the characters – the process of transformation and embodiment is something else. Getting to work and create with other people and the ability to tell new stories. Filmmaking and movies are a way for people to see and experience something new. Like any art or experience, a moment of new truth or beauty in a movie can shift the way you see yourself and thus the world. Movies can be a very positive force.

– How different is it to act in a movie and to act in a TV series? And which one do you prefer? 

I don’t feel it is that different – same delicious cake, different packaging. If I have a delicious cake to sink my teeth into, I don’t mind what the packaging is like. Sometimes the cake needs to be made and eaten fast, and other times you get to slow down a bit and enjoy the unexpected custard and surprise layer that is in the cake. I just try to make sure that I enjoy whatever cake I am eating!

– What are your strong points as an actor? 

Anything involving going deep is my strength, as well as going sideways and very silly. I have no fear in going deep into a scene, nor making a fool of myself for a laugh. I’m also very good at falling over.

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