Gemma Chan’s affable and distinctive acting persona has caused her to become one of the biggest overnight celebrities in film history, thanks to her supporting role in the hit romantic comedy-drama crazy rich, Asians since then she has been seen alongside brie Larson and captain marvel and this year. She appears in another big-budget marvel film eternal as Cersei playing the main character in a marvel franchise will make her even more well known.
10 Facts About Gemma Chan
10 She Was Born And Raised In The UK
You might have thought Gemma Chan put on a buttery accent for her role as Astrid Leong in crazy rich Asians. Although she is not from a crazy rich family her accent is authentic. She was born in London on November 29, 1982, and grew up in Kent in the south East of London.
9 Her First Role Was on Doctor Who
The 2010s were pretty huge for Gemma Chan after breaking through in big-budget blockbusters like fantastic beasts and where to find them and transformers the last night. She had a big role in the hit crazy rich Asians and stepped into the marvel cinematic universe in captain marvel, but her first big acting role was a guest spot on doctor who back in 2009 in the episode of the waters of mars.
Gemma Chan played mia Bennett one of the crewmembers of bowie base one on mars that were tormented by the flood breaking with everything he believed in the doctor ended up actually changing a fixed point in time to save her.
8 She Got A Second Chance In The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Gemma Chan was on the awards circuit for crazy rich Asians, when she was approached by marvel studios boss Kevin Feige who offered her a plum role in a yet to be determined marvel property that would turn out to be eternal. She had previously played blue-skinned sniper Minerva in captain marvel a role. She could not reprise due to that character’s fate. She told the Hollywood reporter
“Out of the blue, he just came up and said, we’d love to have you back. We’d love to make better use of you. We want you to do something else, so let’s find that project.”
Captain Marvel was released in the united states on march 8, 2019 while chan’s potential involvement in Eternals made headlines in August of that same year it seems based on that information alone that someone at Disney and marvels quickly realized that gemma Chun is capable of turning in a whole lot more than just a one-off performance as a minor villain, as a result, Chun is one of the few actors to play not just one but two roles in the marvel cinematic universe.
7 She Has A Law Degree
Before she really decided to pursue acting as a career. Gemma Chan decided to study law at oxford university following her graduation. She turned down a legal job offer and enrolled at the drama center London to pursue an acting career. She applied in secret because she didn’t want to upset her parents but knew she had to pursue a career in acting for herself. She told In Style
“I knew I’d probably be a miserable lawyer. It is a privilege to be able to take a chance, but if you can, it is better to try and fail.”
“Disappointment is temporary, but regret lasts forever.”
True that judging by the way the starlet’s career panned out her bravery certainly paid off
6 Her Father Was Initially Unsupportive of Her Career Switch
Gemma Chan’s father a Hongkong-born engineer was initially skeptical about her career switch this decision gutted her father and according to the eternal actress, he refused to speak to her for months he worried about his daughter ever breaking through in the entertainment industry because of the lack of Asian representation in film. She told the Los Angeles Times in august 2018
Gemma Chan told the modern luxury magazine in march 2019 about how her law education was helpful in her transition to acting
“It is quite helpful with the memorization. I had to learn about 2000 cases by heart, so I am fairly good at learning scripts quickly.”
“On the whole, it is quite a different part of the brain law is very analytical, and acting is more instinctive and emotionally driven. But it does come in handy with learning lines and reading my own contract.”
Elegant classy and stylish are only three of the many words we can use to describe the fashionista and crazy rich Asian actress gemma Chun she was one of 12 models competing for a magazine fashion spread on a British reality television show project catwalk in 2006 but was eliminated in episode 5.
Besides just being smart and a talented actress. Gemma Chan excelled in the musical arts as well she is a trained violinist and pianist and possesses a diploma from the associated board of the royal schools of music.
2 She Touched Her Parents Through Crazy Rich Asians
in 2019 Gemma Chan shares with the observer that her parents were moved at seeing her in crazy rich Asians
“And not to over-hype it or over-egged her anything, but I took my mum and dad with me to the premiere in London, and they were just in tears.”
“My mum said to me, she never expected to see people who looked like her family, the food that we ate, music that was in the soundtrack that she hadn’t heard since her childhood. It was really personal and really special.”
The disappointment her parents felt after she abandoned her law career had been replaced with intense pride.
1 She Doesn’t Feel Like A Celebrity
After starring in Hollywood blockbusters and a highbrow tv show. Gemma Chan is most definitely a celebrity, but in some ways, Gemma Chan doesn’t feel like an Alistar in a February 2021 interview with l UK. Gemma Chan said
“I don’t think of myself like that at all. My life is fairly low-key I don’t live in a mansion, I don’t have an assistant. All that kind of stuff.”