Obie and Lucille Lortel award winning actor Francis Jue has been seen on Television, Broadway, Off-Broadway and regionally around the country. Francis was awarded the Obie and Lucille Lortel award as well as a Drama Desk and Drama League nomination for his performance in David Henry Hwang's "Yellow Face". Prior to this Francis was featured in the Tony Award winning musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie" as Bun Foo, henchman to the evil "Mrs. Meers" (portrayed by the Tony Award Winner Harriet Harris) as well as Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway production of "Pacific Overtures" as "Madam" & "Dutch Admiral". Francis has also had recurring roles on TV's "Law& Order: SVU" & "One Life To Live" as Dr. Fong & Dr. Yamagatchi respectively. Currently, Francis can be seen in the new and recently extended Off-Broadway smash hit "Coraline" at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York City through July 5.
1. Who inspired you to become a performer? When I was 12, I saw my older brother play Prince Chulalongkorn in a high school production of The King & I. He was one of only 2 Asian Americans on that stage, if I remember correctly, but it didn't matter to me. As far as I was concerned, they were all Siamese. My brother is now a manager for IBM, and I've spent my life indulging in fantasy on stage.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? The first person who comes to mind is . But there are so many I wish I'd collaborated with and learned from.
3. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? I have never felt freer than I did playing a dozen different characters in David Henry Hwang's . There was something about NOT changing costumes and having to completely inhabit all sorts of different people, especially David's father Henry, that gave the whole company permission to show off proudly and bravely. The worst experiences I've had on stage have been when I've taken a job for the money, even though I disliked or disagreed with the show. I remember my ass hanging out of a Japanese fundoshi during a chase scene in an adaptation of The Mikado, which the audience found hilarious. But my partner Randy made me promise never to do a job like that again, because he couldn't take how miserable I was.
4. Who do you consider to be your hero? Dr. Haing S. Ngor. It doesn't get any better than his performance in The Killing Fields. Total integrity. Emotional availability. Making use of his life.
5. Favorite TV Show? Currently, , .
6. Favorite Comedian? Bob Newhart What other comedian has ever beat on the Billboard charts?
7. Favorite Meal? Steak!
8. Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? What do you order? Starbucks tall coffee, with half and half and raw sugar.
9. Favorite way to stay in shape? I love watching people do yoga. I'm hoping I will be able to join them once my knee and back feel better.
10. Boxers or Briefs? Briefs! But I don't care what anyone else wears, as long as they look good...