Fala Chen Graduates from Juilliard; Will Return to Work Full-Time
Since her TVB contract concluded in 2013, Fala Chen (陳法拉) decided not to renew her contract and instead decided to further her studies at Juilliard School in New York. Hoping to better herself as a professional artiste, Fala took a break from work to pursue a four-year Master of Fine Arts in Drama (MFA) degree. In the blink of an eye, the 36-year-old has already completed her program and will be dedicating herself to work again full-time.
As a final project, Fala and her classmates performed on stage in both New York and Los Angeles. To celebrate a successful performance, the group went out for dinner and drinks afterward. After enduring a rigorous four-year program together, the group has grown very close and share a special bond. Though happy to complete her program, Fala admitted to feeling bittersweet. “After dinner, we took turns talking about our past experiences. We witnessed each other learn and grow. Some classmates joined the program when they were 18 years old. In these past few years, we have seen them grow a lot. I have also matured a lot. Everyone has supported one another through the last four years.”
With school done now, Fala will readjust her focus to her career and will be dedicating herself to work again. Currently, she is in considering several Mainland China, Hong Kong, and American filming projects. When asked what types of roles she hopes to challenge, Fala said that Juilliard provided her with the opportunity to portray a variety of roles in these past four years, including an 80-year-old grandma. “In these four years, I have tackled a lot of different roles and alleviated my acting cravings. I portrayed many roles that are completely opposite and different from myself, so I hope to play roles that are more similar to myself and more down-to-earth. I think these are more challenging at this point.”
It seems as if there is no shortage of opportunities for Fala. With TVB’s current shortage of artistes, has the company reached out to her yet? Fala shook her head, “They haven’t talked to me yet. Right now, I’m also considering a movie script.” If Fala is hoping to break into the film industry, is she setting her sights on Hollywood? Fala responded, “The U.S. film market is changing really fast these past two years. There are more Asian faces onscreen. There are more controversial female characters too. I think there is hope. But I won’t set a limit to restrict myself. I don’t want to give people the sense that Asian actresses can only go the route of sexiness, be a martial artist, or speak broken English. I hope there will be change.”
Despite being done with school now, Fala is still keeping her permanent residence in the United States. On whether she will move back home to Hong Kong, she said, “Let’s see where my work will be. If I come back to Hong Kong for work, then I will move back. My boyfriend [Emmanuel Straschnov] works in the United States. He is supportive of my career. Right now, I want to focus on work. There are a lot of different opportunities right now. If I have time, I definitely want to see my boyfriend more. He would fly here to see me.”
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.