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.”