(upbeat music) – Zoe Chao, I have a question. Tell me a little bit about, “Downhill,” and why you wanted to join this movie. – “Force Majeure,” is
one of my favorite movies of all time. Of all time? Of all the time. And then you find out that Julia Louis-Dreyfus and
Will Ferrell are doing it and you’re like, can I pay, (laughs) – Who were you most nervous/excited to share the screen with? – Zach Woods. No, no Julia. – Yes.
– I mean, she’s a queen She’s the queen. So it’s, they put us right at ease and it was such a joyous process. – When you are feeling those nerves, like they’re obviously gonna be natural, like you’re going in, you’re
doing a scene with the queen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, how do you kind of psych
yourself up for that, sort of like, moment? (laughs) I try to be like, look at her nose. Try to be, you know, a normal person, even though what you’re
saying is like, in your head, is, “I love you, I love you, I love you.” Don’t say that out loud.
(laughs) It’s black and white. – Well – No, it’s black and white. – How old are you? – 30. – Oh. – You really have exploded
into this Hollywood bubble that is so hard to get into, so is it everything you
thought it was gonna be or what has been the most surprising part of this journey toward fame? You’re,
– I told you. – You are! You just mimic!
I told you. (laughs) – I love watching people
live their dreams, it’s a beautiful thing but
also ’cause you’re crying, now I’m crying. – No I know, but this is
so funny, I’m (mumbles.) to be in the company of these people that I’ve gotten to work with. (laughs) – We’re both crying! – And also like, these people
who I get to work with too! Who are like, I just, and also to get better, at also. (laughs) And also just get better at interviews because these are hard! – Is this the most nerve-wracking part of the whole process of
filmmaking, doing this stuff? – Yes!
– Is it? – Yeah! – Oh wow. – Yeah, it’s challenging, ’cause it’s not what I studied. It’s not why I do acting but at the same time, it’s part of the job so you feel like you
have to be good at it. – No, it’s very hard, I mean, I’m asking questions
like, define yourself, like where are you going? Like its, someone put this on me, I would like, I would
fu*king run. I could never. (upbeat music) – And when did you get that
calling, to be a story teller? I know you studied art history and you produce as well and you write. But when did you know that like, damn, this is what I wanna
make as my profession. – I was in college and I
was an art history major and I had to give this
20 minute presentation on Mughal art and architecture and I was so grossly
under prepared for that presentation because I had been spending all my time writing and designing this solo show. I remember standing with my paper, looking out at my peers who were, I was about to disappoint
my teacher and my peers, by giving them absolutely no information about Mughal art and architecture and I was like, “Oh maybe, I
care about this other thing a lot more, so I think I’m
gonna maybe study that after.” So then I went to grad school. – But how did you get that, that push and that courage to like, really pivot? ‘Cause I think it’s a hard choice to make. – Well, I went back to my parents and I was like really screwed up with this Mughal art and
architecture presentation and I, it’s ’cause I’ve been spending all my time doing this other thing
and my parents were like, “Well, why don’t you do the other thing?” And so, I was like, ‘Do
you think I should do, think I should study acting?” They’re like, “We’ve just been waiting
for you to figure that out.” – What kind of stories do you wanna tell? – Ooh! (laughs) – Yes! – I’m interested in marginalized stories. – When was the first time you felt seen or represented on screen? – Oh, I thought you said sane. – No! Well that too, I mean we all need a little more sanity. – Yeah, to be seen and feel sane. (laughs) Is really all I want. (laughs) Feel neither most of the time. Well, you know honestly, Tia Carrere in, “Wayne’s World.” It was the first Asian
woman that I saw in a movie and I, I just remember pressing pause and just being like, So, it’s exciting to, yeah
– Beautiful moment. – It’s exciting to see more people that look like me out there.