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Archive for July, 2011

Jul
28

Michelle Krusiec | “Listen to your heart, listen to your instincts and listen to your stomach.”

She pulled off the timeless tomboy lesbian role with grace and sexiness alongside OAer Lynn Chen in Saving Face, and you’ve recently seen her tongue-in-cheeking with Chevy Chase in Community. Regardless of the medium—film, television, theater—accomplished actress Michelle Krusiec has the ability to unrelentingly mesmerize her audience with a pureness and truth that stems from her courage and willingness to be vulnerable. Impressive resume aside (not to mention learning fluent Mandarin through the roles she’s played), Michelle has an exceptionally unique story to tell, from her eccentric adoptive mother to traveling the world over before she turned 21 to her interesting take on stereotypes. Oh, and her house is a museum of unbelievable artifacts including a Louis Vuitton suitcase from the 1890′s. Fierce? That’s just how Michelle rolls.

Jul
21

Arden Cho | “Don’t be afraid to fail. Unless you fail, you will never really succeed.”

The most commonly used word to describe this week’s OA feature is beautiful. Jaw-dropping. Stunning. Gorgeous. So beautiful she was the face of Clinique’s international campaign. It’s hard to believe that she, too, has struggled with self-image; she, too, was shy; and she, too, has been pressured by society to alter her body. This explains why Arden Cho—multi-talented actress, model, and singer—is in fact one of the most down-to-earth, pleasant “dorks” whose mission in life is not fame or fortune, but to inspire the next generation, especially Asian American girls to accept themselves and pursue their passion. The world is beginning to witness the exciting fruits of her painstaking labor, and she is on track to becoming an international role model. Yes, Arden is the living breathing embodiment of OA’s mission.

Jul
14

Komodo Food | “Pick good partners. Have a focus. Stay Consistent. Be persistent.”

What do you get when a Komodo dragon meets wheels and a taco shell? A bold, unique, and delicious melody of flavors that put Komodo Food on the map (don’t worry, they don’t actually serve Komodo Dragons!). Now this popular food truck has opened their first brick and mortar in L.A., where OA got a little bit of culinary pampering—Asian Marinated Chicken tacos, Meatballs with Romesco Sauce, Fish N’…yes, this was the most painful interview for a starving writer to research. Join us as we chat with two of the five co-founders—brothers Eric and Erwin Tjahyadi—the former, in charge of marketing and events; the latter, Komodo’s renowned chef, having tickled the taste buds of A-listers like Brad and Angelina, and even the late Michael Jackson. Their team is a perfect and diverse blend of skills and cultures—a nice testament to Komodo’s savory fusion of flavors. Bon Appétit!

Jul
07

Jimmy Wong | “Never stop working. If you’re doing something you love, then it shouldn’t be a problem. “

Just a typical day in the life of OA: ziplining [and crashing] through our interviewee’s studio. Yes, you read correctly. There is a zipline inside Jimmy Wong’s headquarters where all the magic you see on YouTube happens. That’s just how he gets the creative juices flowing—ziplines, Totoros, and Smash Brothers. This singer-songwriter-actor and recent winner of YouTube’s NextUp contest is best known for his exceptionally clever love song response to Alexander Wallace. That, however, just scratches the surface of this brilliant all-around artist who not only posts covers that often put the original artists to shame, but boasts equally creative original content in the form of songs and skits…and a few big surprises in the near future. His secret to success? Don’t ever get realistic. That, and memorizing pi to the 30th digit.

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