On Relating to Her Character in "Saving Face:" I think one of the things I related to was that whole thing of the character, she grew up in that [culture] but she got away and so did her mother. And while she still has respect for the Asian culture and shes proud, she also sees whats wrong with it. She takes and chooses the parts that she wants to hold onto. She lives her life the other way and thats pretty similar to me.
I think that a lot of my parents relatives are going to be very shocked when they find out that Im naked in this film. Thats something that I was really nervous about because my mom has told me from a very young age, Dont take off your clothes, so that was ingrained in me. I think that part of that was, What are my friends going to think about me having a daughter who I let get naked on TV or in the movies? What are they going to think of me? I was really nervous to tell her but when I finally did, I think shed grown past that. There are definitely going to be people in my family who see it and are going to be thinking what kind of mother lets her daughter do that? But Im proud of how it was shot. I dont really have a problem with it. They can say what they want.
Lynn Chen on the Necessity of Nudity in Saving Face: First I approached Alice [Wu] when I was first cast, I knew there was nudity and I said to her, Is there anyway we can not do nudity? My moms going to kill me. And she was like rolling her eyes and she was like, Listen. I dont want to make this like a cookie cutter love scene. I dont want you to be like trying to get the sheets up and I dont want for it not to feel organic and for it not to feel like youre sharing a moment with these two people. I think thats really important to really show two women having sex in a way thats not lustful. Because I feel like a lot of the lesbian scenes that Ive seen are filled with passion and lust. Not to say that this was a passionless scene, but it was very tender and sweet and I think more indicative of what a relationship love scene would be like. I didnt really have a problem with it and I thought it was done in a very tasteful way. I never felt uncomfortable with it, about actually doing it when it came time to de-robe and do it.
Researching Her Role as a Lesbian: Not much actual research. I was a Womens Studies major in college so I had done a lot of gender studies and a lot of gay and lesbian studies, had a lot of gay friends, and Ive always been drawn to the gay and lesbian culture. I think its really interesting that a lot of people dont accept something I find to be so normal. I was really comfortable with the subject matter and just drew from my experience and people who I knew. I just basically looked at it like falling in love, as you do anyone. It was also very helpful that Michelle [Krusiec] was the woman because she had never done a love scene with a woman before and I had never done a love scene period. So for it to be both of us going through this together it felt really comfortable and we really communicated. It wasnt awkward at all.
Balancing the Comedy and Drama of "Saving Face:" I think my character, for the most part, is the sort of emotional part of it so its a little bit more dramatic. But theres so many funny moments in the film that just arrive out of circumstance and really reflect what life is like. Theyre little things, so just keeping it natural and just letting the comedy shine through in circumstances that are reflective of real life. I think thats just how we approached it.