“If That Meant I Needed To Swallow Humble Pie, I Imagined It Was Cherry Pie:” A TDQ Q&A With Actress And Writer Chuti Tiu

Chuti Tiu

Look for Chuti Tiu playing the role of character Yo-Yo’s Ma’ in The Internship.

This week, our TDQ Q&A is with actress and writer Chuti Tiu. Chuti spoke with us about her role in “The Internship,” what it was like making a movie with her husband as her director and being Miss Illinois. Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with Chuti Tiu:

The Daily Quarterly: Who was your favorite actress growing up?

Chuti Tiu: Jaclyn Smith! I loved “Charlie’s Angels,” and I wanted so badly to be Kelly. Seriously – the HAIR. I still love long curly hair…. I remember the episode where she went undercover as a belly dancer. It inspired my Halloween costume one year.

TDQ: What was your favorite movie growing up?

CT: E.T.! “E.T. phone home!” I cried and laughed so hard, all in the same movie. I’ve always loved movies that move you on a visceral level. I also loved “The Muppet Movie.” I was such a sap (still am) – I cried during the very first scene, Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection.” I was just a little kid, but the song made me feel so lonely; it spoke to me of the impermanence of life.

TDQ: What made you want to be in show business?

CT: I love rejection. Ha! just kidding. I love the craft of acting, of helping a story get told, portraying someone’s journey and eventually moving and inspiring others. Basically, stories in visual form (film, television, computer, or stage) hold up a mirror to the audience; through the story, they can hopefully see something in themselves revealed… I want to be that “mirror.”
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