Interview with Julia Ling

In January 2009 myFanbase had the opportunity to do an interview with Julia Ling, best known for her role as the eccentric Anna Wu in the NBC dramedy "Chuck". We didn't only ask her about her TV role, but also about her hobbies, her fondness for German Christmas markets and her resolutions for the year 2009.


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1. On "Chuck" you play Anna Wu who is a very unique character. How did you get the part? And what do you like most about her? Is she anything like you?

Well, it seems like Anna Wu's been evolving over the episodes. Initially when I read for her in the casting room, I saw Anna Wu as a completely deadpan girl who delivered funny lines in a deadpan way. But over time, I kind of blended more qualities of who I was into the character, and that's the fun-loving side to her. Anna Wu has got a sweet side and she's got this strong attitude where she finds the humor in everything.

There are some things I love about Anna, like how she's pretty down-to-earth, and she doesn't let little obstacles bring her down. That's something I strive to do everytime, you know, just look at the big picture no matter how difficult the circumstances and appreciate all the little things in life.

I like that Anna is a computer geek, and she is a kind-hearted girl inside, which is why she likes Morgan.

2. Unfortunately you barely appeared during the first half of the season. Why is that?

Honestly, I don't know where Anna went! I'd like to know that too! [laughs] I've come up with a few theories as to where Anna Wu went and what she was doing while she was not at the Buy More. Maybe we'll find out soon!

3. How would you describe the relationship between Anna and Morgan? Can you tell us if we're going to see more of them in the second half of season 2?

Anna and Morgan are certainly one of the most unique couples ever. The thing that bonds them is their nerdiness, love for gaming and roleplaying. But they're so different it's interesting. They fill each other's void, like when Anna wants to live that mature lifestyle but Morgan reminds her of childhood fun. Or like when Morgan doesn't take charge, Anna steps in as the leader.

The other awesome thing about their relationship is how much they change each other. Morgan really braved up for Anna, because he loves her and wants to protect her. And Anna found her vulnerable spot.

4. With whom of the cast of "Chuck" do you get along best?

We're actually like a great big family. It just feels so right on set. You know, we play, we laugh, we trust each other, have a blast. Everyone's comfortable with each other, humble and down to earth. I know I could just call up any one of the cast from "Chuck" and I know they'd be there in a heartbeat.

5. What can you tell us about your upcoming projects?

I recently worked on a video game, playing the voice over as well as live action shots within the actual game, but I'm not yet allowed to talk about that. Stay tuned! I also worked on a John Stahlberg movie called "High School", which comes out in 2010, written and directed by John Stahlberg, co-written and produced by Stephen Susco ("The Grudge"). I play a high school student who's also a nerd, but high on drugs.

6. You're not only an actress, you're also a very talented martial artist. What can you tell us about the Jackie Chan Disciples and your chance to go to Beijing?

My goodness thank you for the compliments! I am truly honored. But I really am not deserving of the title "martial artist". I started kung fu training a couple of years ago, and I put my heart into it. Then when the opportunity to try out to be one of Jackie Chan's Disciples arose, I just had to challenge myself to see how good I could really be. I dreamed of being able to call myself a martial artist someday, and I dedicated myself to it.

I have the utmost respect for stunts people and true martial artists, those who train hard everyday and practice the teachings of the inner strength and control.

I can say that I am a dancer, because I've danced since I was a little girl.

7. Have you ever thought about pursuing art seriously? Your artwork is pretty amazing...

I have actually. I love art in all forms. My favorite are dancing and sketching. But in recent years I've dreamt of painting beautiful fantasy pictures of dragons and fairies, landscapes and portraits.

8. How come you speak fluent German?

It's been 8 years since I really used my German. I can't say that I am fluent anymore. Perhaps if I go back to Germany and get immersed in the environment again, then I can think in German again. I studied German for four years in high school, then for another year in the University. Finally, I'd been to Germany for a few times and I love it there. I went during Christmas time a few times and absolutely love the Weihnachtsmärkte and the tasty food.

9. What are your plans for 2009? Did you make any resolutions?

A few resolutions, like to continue to become the best actress that I can be, and learn and grow. To continue dancing, martial arts and studying, and to visit Germany in the summer time!

10. Since myFanbase is an online magazine about TV series, do you have a favorite one?

I am a huge fan of the show "Chuck", and I don't think I say it out of bias. I think it's my favorite show because I'm a little bit of a geek girl at heart so the show really speaks to me. I also like "The Shield, and "24", "Pushing Daisies", "How I Met Your Mother" and many others.

Maria Gruber - myFanbase