1.For the people who might not know you, who are you and what do you do?
I’m Andrea Bang and I do film stuff.
2. How did you become involved in the entertainment industry?
I took classes and eventually got an agent. But if we want to go waaay back. A friend and I signed up as background performers when we were in high school.
3. Of the roles that you played, who was your favorite to portray and why?
It sounds hokey but I love every role I play for very different reasons so it’s hard to pick just one. But Kim’s Convenience was definitely my biggest role and through Janet, I’ve gotten to live out my romantic comedy, family drama, and slapstick comedy dreams.
4. What do you love most about your job as an artist?
The creativity! Also, there must be a side of me that loves the intensity of it all. I was always a last minute all-nighter kind of person, so there’s that.
5. If you weren’t an actress, what would you be doing?
Selling my hair? Making mukbangs? I’d probably still be involved in the film industry somehow. Definitely something creative.
6. What is the best thing about portraying Janet on “Kim’s Convenience”?
Two things! One, getting to work with the badass cast and crew! I’ve learned so much from them about acting/filmmaking. Two, playing someone with strengths, weaknesses, flaws, dreams, history, etc. It’s so much fun. And BONUS, the crafty! I love buffets so being on set at lunchtime is a dream.
7. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Career-wise, Kim’s. I’m surprised I didn’t poop my pants during the audition process. Maybe I did. But the best part about getting the show was meeting a crew of life-long friends.
8. What kind of roles do you prefer when you are looking at a potential character to portray?
Interesting ones. Whether it resonates with me, is a challenge, or would just be plain ol’ fun to play. And I usually try to do something different from the last thing I did.
9. Who are some artists that inspire you and why?
For sure Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Appa) and Jean Yoon (Umma). They’ve taught me what it means to not only be a good actor but a good person.
10. Do you have any advice to aspiring actors who want to get started in the industry?
Do the work. Make friends because this industry can be a lonely one. And find things you love to do outside of acting too. Your sanity will thank you.
11. What are some causes that are dear to your heart and hope to bring more awareness to in the future?
12. What do you have in mind for the future?
More creating. More sleep. Less sugar. Or more sugar. We’ll see.
13. Who are some actors that you would love to work with on a project?
It’s hard to say because every actor brings something different. Maybe Denzel Washington? I heard when you look in his eyes, it’s just BAM! Lots going on. So it’d be interesting to try and avoid eye contact. Or make too much eye contact. In all seriousness, when looking at a project, I more so look at the people involved behind the camera. So the writer, director, producer, dop, etc. I would love to work with Bong Joon-Ho, Greta Gerwig, Sarah Polley, Mindy Kaling, Ang Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Kevin Smith, Neustadter & Weber, Reese Witherspoon, Brit Marling, … the list keeps going but we’d be here forever so I’ll stop.
14. Do you have anything to say to the people that support you?
Thank you so so much for supporting the work I do. It’s weird to think anyone would be interested in anything I do so thank you thank you thank you. And I hope to bring more fun stuff to your eye holes.
Thank you so much to Andrea for the lovely interview. You can find more about her and her work on: