Producer, actor, and creator Judy Jean Kwon shares about her new TV comedy show “MILFriend”. Judy discusses her mission to take parts originally intended for white actors, breaking the stereotypical persona of Asian actresses, and her early years making bootleg video copies for her father’s store. (Intro: Poppy Pics)
Judy Jean Kwon grew up in a Korean-American video store where she fell in love with the art of filmmaking and story-telling. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she is a daughter of Korean immigrants. She started acting when she was 17, and eventually went on to a successful commercial career, breaking the mold for Asian-American actors by taking on non-stereotypical roles. One of her first jobs was a role in the famous “Philip’s flat TV” commercial where she proudly beat out over 300 Caucasian actors and landed the lead. Unusual and uniquely beautiful, Judy went on to model for Herb Ritts, Steven Meisel, and acted in over 100 commercials. She also played the lead in “The Item”, one of the first digital feature films to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. Kwon participated in the ABC’s director fellowship, studied cinema at LACC, photography at Santa Monica College, and writing at UCLA.