[March 01, 2006]

A dream come true

(Malay Mail Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)ANY actor would love to go to the Academy Awards and Terence Yin is no exception.

The 30-year-old actor from Hong Kong, currently the host of STAR Movies’ Opening Night, will present the pre-show programme, Road to the Red Carpet together with Channel V’s VJ Maya Karin.

It’s a chance of a lifetime for them to interact with famous celebrities, producers, directors at the 78th Oscars presentation.

“I am so excited.

This is a unique opportunity and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Yin over a phone interview from Hong Kong before he left for the United States.

He has been doing quite a bit of research, including watching the films that have been nominated and reading up on the nominees – actors, directors, scriptwriters and cinematographers.

When asked who he liked to meet most, Yin said he would love to meet everyone but Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman were at the top of his list.

He would be in LA about a week and doing exclusive interviews with some of the nominees prior to the awards night.

“This is my first time doing this kind of thing and I can’t believe I’m going to be in the middle of the biggest event of the year in Hollywood,” said Yin, in his American accented English.

If Yin looks familiar, that’s because you might have seen him in some Hong Kong movies.

Since 1998, Yin has acted in more than 30 movies, most of them in supporting roles.

With the likes of Daniel Wu and Edison Chen, Yin is among the breed of Asian-American actors who have been making waves in Hong Kong’s movie scene.

He might not be as well known as some of his peers but Yin takes his acting career seriously.

Among the movies he appeared in in recent years were Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003), New Police Story (2004), (playing villains in both), Drink, Drank, Drunk and Kung Fu Mahjong.

He has just completed a Taiwan movie called 21 Blackjack – loosely based on the underground gambling scene in Taiwan.

Having been in the entertainment industry for about eight years now, Yin said he had done a bit of everything, including music! He has released an album in Taiwan three years ago and currently, he’s in a band called Alive with Daniel Wu.

But first and foremost, acting is still his main focus.

“I have done a lot of action movies.

I always look to play characters different from my earlier roles as I’m looking for new challenges.

I want to show the audience that I can portray many different characters.” He said the most challenging role he has played to date is that of a sociopath in Rave Fever in 1999.

Yin has never studied acting but instead, graduated with a degree in philosophy,majoring in rhetoric from University of California, Berkeley.

“It was a personal interest.

I found it mentally challenging.

“It’s based on logic and analysis.

You have to develop your own viewpoint and that’s what I found most interesting.

“In a way, it relates to acting,” he said.

“You have to have your own understanding of the script and the role you portray.

The character has to be a part of you to be believable.” After he graduated in 1997, he was going to pursue his MBA and had even taken the exams required for him to continue graduate school.

However, his interest in acting grew and he decided to return to Hong Kong and give it a shot.

Yin said he loved the buzz of this cosmopolitan city that had a variety of elements from all over the world, although it could be overwhelming at times.

Good looking with a tall and well-built physique, he could easily be a model.

But that’s not something he’s interested in.

“Although I had some opportunities, these shoots were just an extension of my acting career.” Right now, he’s loving working on Opening Night which he started hosting a year and a half ago.

“I have not been a host or presenter before.

But now I get to do a show about something I like – watching and making films.

“As part of my work I get to view a lot of behind-the-scenes footage and learn about different aspects of presenting,” he said.

As for his future plans, Yin seems to be content with what he’s doing and wants to stay on in Hong Kong and continue acting.

Our man in HollywoodAdd to Clippings
Sunaina Kumar
[ Saturday, March 11, 2006 09:01:11 pmTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

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Indian Hollywood actor Kabir Bedi has led a well-lived life.

Cinematic success in Hollywood and much-talked about affairs with a bevy of smart and beautiful women, Kabir Bedi has led a well-lived life.

A philanthropic tradition: Acting is not in my family at all, it just happened to me. I studied at St Stephen’s and had to work my way through. I first joined advertising and in five years I became the film chief at a big agency.

That’s where I learned the craft of film-making. I first wanted to be a director, not an actor. But then, I acted in Alyque Padamsee’s Tughlaq and the rest, as they say, is history.

International acclaim: Having an international career is very difficult indeed. In Hollywood, only one per cent of all the roles in TV and films go to Asian actors. They’re not writing roles for us and the business of casting becomes the business of typecasting.
One has to work on the accent, the look etc and neutralise them so that you’re not typecast. My biggest and earliest international break came with the European television series Sandokan and then, of course, I played Gobinda in the James Bond flick Octopussy with Roger Moore.

Tryst with Bollywood: I sometimes feel that Bollywood has not given me my due and hasn’t used much of my talent. I have not found roles that challenge me.

Yet, I’m grateful to Bollywood, as I was not completely immersed in it, I got the chance to explore the world and pursue an international career.

Man about town: I have always been tagged as a ladies’ man, and I don’t know how to deal with that. There have been a number of women in my life, but I’m not a womaniser. I have never looked at women as objects to bed.

I spent 14 years with Niki, seven years with Adam’s mother and six years with Protima, besides having a few other significant relationships.

Wild child: I had a relationship with Protima for six years, but it lasted a lifetime. We were children of the ’60s, the time of the Flower Power movement.

We were hell raisers of our time, a time of great social ferment and together we wanted to change the world. We experimented with all sorts of things and our living together was the subject of endless speculation.

Dealing with loss: The two biggest traumas of my life were the loss of Protima and my son Siddharth. One can never be prepared for the death of a son. It was too premature.

He was in his prime, a brilliant boy, when he was suddenly struck with schizophrenia and the pointlessness of his existence drove him to take his own life. My disbelief was followed by shock and grief, coupled with guilt that I could not help him.

Parveen and I: Parveen Babi came into my life after my relationship with Protima was over. She was not only beautiful, but also sharply brilliant.

When I moved to Europe, she followed me there, but when she realised that in Europe I was the bigger star, she got insecure and decided to return. Her problems had started manifesting even then.

The light of my life: My daughter Pooja is the sunshine of my life. I see so much of her mother in her. She’s full of vivacity, love of life and boundless energy. She has great social skills and is a very caring person and loving daughter. She makes me proud everyday.