On the Couch with Jem Lai

Jem Lai AAR On the CouchWho is Jem Lai?
Jem is pretty energetic, loud and a big ass extrovert. Except when I’m tired, I’m the opposite when I’m tired.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I wasn’t a performer, I would have gone into politics or something to do with history and social activism.

Who inspires you and why?
Constance Wu. Crazy Rich Asians had such an impact on me. It was a wonderful moment in time for Asian actors. It even made my dad cry, and he never cries. I love how Constance acts like a human on the screen; she doesn’t try to be a canvas. She let’s you see her as she is, which I think is wonderful.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
There is a lot of things I would love to change about the world. But if I had no limitations, one of the things I would do is increase the amount of history subjects taught in schools. I learnt so much about critical thinking and source critiquing through my modern history class, and I think we could all benefit from some more fact checking. I also would delete toxic masculinity, cause who needs it, am I right?

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I really love anywhere I haven’t been before or that has a beach.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I love places with views of the city. Near Fattos, off princess bridge, or Ponyfish are great spots. Views and food, top priority!

What are you currently reading?
The Invisible Woman and Penny Wong’s biography.

What are you currently listening to?
Solange – When I Get Home album.

Happiness is?
Having some cheeky laughs with my friends in the backyard.

What does the future hold for you?
I hope more wonderful plays with content I’m very passionate about. I also hope to write and perform in my own work.

Jem is currently starring in the world premiere season of Michele Lee’s hilarious, home grown comedy, Single Ladies at the Red Stitch Theatre until 12 April 2020. For more information, visit: www.redstitch.net for details.

Image: Jem Lai (supplied)

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