The Justin Chon Interview

The Twilight Lexicon would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the talented actor playing Eric Yorkie, Justin Chon!  Feel free to link back to the interview, but please do not copy and paste the interview on your website without permission from us first!  Thanks!



Lexicon – Your father is an actor. What made you want to become an actor?
Justin – I wanted to become an actor because it’s a job where you are constantly growing as a human being. I also love the creativity of the job.

Lexicon – What advice, if any, has your father given you about the acting business?
Justin – My father has always told me "Never get too comfortable because it can all be gone at any moment."   I feel as though this advice has caused me to constantly work hard.

Lexicon – What do you prefer film, TV, or stage?
Justin – I prefer film.

Lexicon – What is the biggest difference between filming a movie and filming for a TV series?
Justin – The biggest difference is that in a movie you have 2 hours for a character to develop while in TV you have 30 minutes. This really affects how you act.

Lexicon – What’s the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you on a set or at an audition?
Justin – I totally forgot what I was doing many times in auditions and have felt completely stupid.

Lexicon – What’s the best thing that ever happened to you on a set or at an audition?
Justin – On the set of Just Jordan the whole cast wished me goodbye when I went to go shoot a movie. They made me a huge card. It was pretty sweet.

Lexicon – Have you had the chance to meet Stephenie Meyer or are there plans in the works for you to meet her?
Justin – I’ve never met Stephenie, but I would love to meet her.

Lexicon – You read the books before being cast so what is your favorite scene and character in the book?
Justin – I would have to say I really like Emmett. I loved how he wanted to kill James the whole time during the pursuit.

Lexicon – What is it that drew you to audition for this movie?
Justin – I really admire Catherine Hardwick, so when I found out she was directing this movie I told myself I had to be in it.

Lexicon Sarah Bareilles is currently playing on your MySpace, is she indicative of your music tastes, and what are some of your other favorite songs/groups right now?
Justin – Yes, I love her music. Recently I’ve really been into a lot of female artists. I just never really paid attention to them until this past year. I really love these two girls named "Meg and Dia," especially because the weather in California has been good.

Lexicon – You play musical instruments, do you also sing? Should we expect a musical career in the future?
Justin – Ha ha. Ummm. Yes I do sing and recently have been writing a lot of songs. I am in a band but it’s more of a creative outlet. I might be brave to play my music for people sometime soon.

Lexicon – Eric has been branded as the "geek" of Forks High.  What would you consider yourself to be (i.e. geek, brain, jock…)?
Justin – I would say I’m every label wrapped into one. I can be any of those at different moments of the day.

Lexicon – Who are you most excited about working with on the set of Twilight and why?
Justin – I’m actually really excited to work with everyone on set, because I haven’t worked with anybody on this particular cast before.

Lexicon – Have you ever worked with anyone in the Twilight cast before?
Justin – Ha ha.  Ummm…I didn’t even read the next question while answering the last one, but no- I haven’t worked with anyone.

Lexicon – From what you know about him, what do you think is Eric’s main characteristic?
Justin – I think he’s a very energetic, optimistic, overachieving guy who wants to fit in and be cool with everyone at school. A diplomat.

Lexicon – Do you in anyway relate to Eric?
Justin – Yes, I think that I do try to make people happy and it upsets me when people are having a tough time.

Lexicon – Do you think Bella should have chosen Eric (you) instead? Why?
Justin – Ha ha ha ha ha….Yes, of course Bella should have chosen Eric. I mean what is there to resist? He’s smart, charming and has a decent face structure. Bella definitely made a mistake.

Lexicon – Where are you drawing inspiration for your character?
Justin – I’d say from parts of my life.

Lexicon – What part of the movie are you most looking forward to filming?
Justin – I am really looking forward to all my scenes with my friends in the movie.

Lexicon – Is it scary knowing that the fans have really high expectations for the film?
Justin – Yes, it’s very scary.

Lexicon – Have you had any Twilight fan encounters yet?
Justin – Not yet, but I welcome the idea. Ha ha

Lexicon – What other projects are you working on?  Is there anything else already set on your horizon?
Justin – Yes, I’m set to do a really small indie movie after Twilight.  It’s a cultural piece so I’m really excited.

Lexicon – Have you visited any of the fan sites (like The Twilight Lexicon)?
Justin – Yes I have visited

Lexicon – How do you feel about the broad age range appeal of the film (i.e. 12 to 50 year old female fans)?
Justin – I love that about Twilight. I feel as though it does have universal messages so I’m really excited just like everyone else is to see the finished product.

Lexicon – Are you single?
Justin – Yes I am single. Ha ha.

Thank you to Justin and his publicist, Turk Entertainment for spending a few moments with us, and for allowing us to post the fantastic picture of Justin.  Justin will begin filming in a few weeks, we wish him the best in his role as Eric Yorkie and in all of his many other endeavors.