“Captain Marvel’s” Gemma Chan Earned Her Parents’ Approval to Act
Gemma Chan (陳靜), 36, is one of the few Asian faces on the Hollywood big screen. In recent years, she’s been gaining momentum, landing roles in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Transformers: the Last Knight, Crazy Rich Asians, Mary Queen of Scots, and the recently released Captain Marvel. Despite her parents’ earlier disapproval in her decision to give up her law career to pursue acting, Gemma won them over with her accomplishments.
The Scottish-Chinese law graduate of Worcester College in the University of Oxford, was born in London, England in 1982. Her grandparents immigrated to Scotland before the Cultural Revolution in China, while her father was an engineer in Hong Kong. She grew up in London with her little sister studying ballet, piano, violin, and swimming.
A woman of many talents, she went for law at the University of Oxford and landed a training contract at the famous British law firm, Slaugther and May. Afterwards, she went against her parents’ wishes to enroll in the Drama Centre London using her own savings from modeling. The school’s alumni consist of Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender, and Emilia Clarke. Gemma said her father didn’t speak to her for three months when she gave up her lawyer career. They were worried she wouldn’t find success as British TV has long been plagued with historical dramas and movies rarely casted Asians.
However, after graduating from drama school in 2008, she’s been slaving away, landing minor roles in a number of films, including Sherlock. The biggest impact on her career was her leading role of the robot “Mia” on science fiction drama Humans. Eventually, her hard work saw success in recent years. She said her background in law is helpful when it comes to acting even though law requires rational logic and acting requires emotional play. Her experience in remembering 2,000 legal cases is beneficial when it comes to remembering dialogue. Moreoever, her expertise allows her to be comfortable handling acting contracts.
Gemma plays the blue-blooded alien Kree sniper, Minn-Erva, in Captain Marvel, Marvel’s first female superhero film. She will also be starring in the Crazy Rich Asians sequel, to be released in 2020, with an exciting love line. However, her own love life has been unfruitful since ending her six-year relationship with British comedian Jack Whitehall.
This article is written by MelodyC for JayneStars.com.