More info here.
“Veteran actress Lauren Tom (“Futurama,” “Joy Luck Club”) felt similarly. Tom plays Celia, Andi’s strict biological grandmother who has raised Andi as her daughter — and whose tense relationship with Bex drives much of the conflict on the show.
“I was doing a little jig,” Tom told NBC News about the role. “I was just really proud that something like this was written. The showrunners are really engaged with what’s happening in the world in a more authentic sense, so kids can really relate to the show.'”
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Greetings! I wanted to post an update in response to some questions I received in the Guest Book. If you’re looking to get started in the business, either on camera, or in voice over, here are some tips I offer up to you like a platter of sandwiches. If they don’t appeal to you, don’t take them, but these are some of the things I wish I had known when I was starting out:
1. Don’t take anything personally. There are many reasons why someone gets hired and someone doesn’t. Some of these decisions are made for political reasons, subjective reasons, you will never know, so don’t spend a lot of time ruminating over an audition. Do your best and let it go. Nothing is more of a turn off than an actor who comes across as desperate.
2. Study your craft so that you have something solid to offer. Become so good that producers have no choice but to hire you.
3. If you want to be in voice over, make a demo cd of all the voices you can do. Try to include as many different ages and ethnicities, as you can (as well as the opposite gender. ) Send it out to voice over agents and see what happens! You can also try taking a class in voice over technique at Kalmenson & Kalmenson. My manager says they offer excellent advice – http://www.kalmenson.com.
4. Work on your inner life, get to know yourself so that you can discern exactly what it is that is unique about you and what you have to offer that no one else has.
Hope that was helpful.
I’ll be starting to film the next season of “Men In Trees” this month. We will be on again in the fall on ABC on Friday nights at 8PM.
Published: Los Angeles Times – April 12, 2007
LAUREN TOM (“MEN IN TREES”)
Eight seconds to glory
April 12, 2007
“Time?” my gym teacher, Miss Vaughn, asked.
I was 7 years old and had just run a 20-yard dash at my elementary school in Highland Park, Ill.
As we raced by, Miss Vaughn stood at the finish line shouting out our times. “Remember your time,” she told us. Later, she said she would record these on a big poster board.
“Eight seconds,” I heard her say as my foot touched down on the white line sprayed on the grass. I was panting so hard I started to cough. “Eight seconds,” I repeated to myself. I didn’t want to forget.
I was pretty sure I had beaten Debbie Miller, the smartest girl in second grade. Debbie was a good five inches taller than I was — blond hair, round tortoise shell glasses, and a very long neck, sort of what I imagined a giraffe in Sweden might look like. She was brave and could talk to anyone. Once she even told Joey Perlmutter to stop kicking her chair. I could never say something like that. I was short, squat and Chinese. I used to smile with my lips tucked in so I’d look less “Chinesey.” When I was young, my left foot turned in a bit so I had to wear a special shoe to straighten it out.
But by that day out on the track in second grade my legs had grown strong. I had “thunder thighs” as my father liked to say, and I could run a mean sprint.
Back in class I heard Miss Vaughn call on Debbie who shouted in a loud, clear voice, “Eight seconds!”
OK, so we tied, I thought. I watched Miss Vaughn draw a big 8 on the poster board with a blue magic marker. Debbie was in first place.
Then Miss Vaughn smiled and turned to me, the last girl to be called on.
My heart was thumping so hard in my chest I looked down to see if my shirt might be moving. I couldn’t wait to tell the whole class, that I, little Laurie Tom, had tied with the most popular, fabulous girl in the whole school. At the same time, I felt as if I had swallowed a large peach pit and it was caught in my not-so-long throat. I mustered the loudest voice I could find and squeaked, “Eight!”
“What?” Miss Vaughn asked, “I couldn’t hear you.”
Oh my God, I’ve got to say it again?
I took a deep breath and yelled, “Mine was eight too!”
“Got it that time,” she said.
I looked around the room with a triumphant smile on my face. I think I may have glanced extra long at Debbie. I had arrived.
Then, as if in slow motion, I watched Miss Vaughn’s hand reach toward the poster board and with her blue magic marker. She wrote, “8.2.”
Oh no, not 8.2, not 8.2, eight too. Oh my God, say something say something say something.
But I never did. Until now.
Lauren Tom plays the role of Mai on ABC’s “Men in Trees” on Thursdays at 10 p.m.
I am in much gratitude to Loc Tran for creating and maintaining it for me–he rocks.
I’ll be writing periodically to tell you about current projects I am working on. If you have any questions, please feel free to post them on the Guestbook and I’ll do my best to answer them when I have a chance.
Happy Holidays and may 2007 be a year filled with wonder and joy.
Here is a favorite quote of mine that I’d like to pass to you now:
May the moon softly restore you by night,
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May you walk gently through the world
and know its beauty all the days of your life.