Meet Ellen Wong from “The Carrie Diaries”
AF: What made you want to start acting? How did it start and did you have other career choices in mind?
EW: I love being able to tell stories, and have always been fascinated by people and their experiences in life. After watching Kate Winslet in the film “Titanic”, I was consumed by her ability to share a story that resonated within me even after the movie was over.
AF: In your most recent work, you play Jill, one of the best friends of Carrie Bradshaw in “The Carrie Diaries” currently on television. Tell us about your experience so far in playing this character.
EW: Working on “The Carrie Diaries” is truly a wonderful experience. I feel very lucky to be part of a show with such an amazing and supportive cast and team. Playing Jill rocks, and I continue to look forward to the challenges and fun times in each episode.
AF: Was playing Jill challenging for you, or did you relate?
EW: With Jill Chen, I hope to be able to portray the girl I wanted to see on screen when I was growing up. I always had a hard time finding characters I could relate to. So with Jill, I try to bring my own understanding and experiences in life to help shape her. She is ambitious, focused, and knows exactly what she wants. She’s also incredibly competitive and a hard worker. Her parents put a lot of pressure on her to succeed, but so does she. Despite all this, she is still a loving and loyal friend to Carrie. Jill loves life, enjoys having fun, and is open to meeting new people and experiences.
AF:Why is Jill nicknamed ‘The Mouse’?
EW: There’s no definitive reason behind that name quite yet on the show. Candace Bushnell actually has a friend she calls Mouse. For me, I tried to think of mouse-like characteristics, and apply them to Jill’s character. For example, she can be quite surreptitious. Also, another fun reason is that she loves wearing mouse pins. If you watch closely, on each of her outfits you’re likely to see a new mouse pin!
AF: If you had the choice between Carrie, Samantha, Miranda or Charlotte in Sex and the City, which role would you like to play?
EW: I think all the characters are fun on the show. They were all relatable in their own ways, and I think it would be fun to play any one of them.
AF: The Carrie Diaries is set in the ‘80s, What are some of your favorite trends from that decade?
EW: I think the 80s had more risk taking. For me, the 80s had a whimsical appeal to it, because people weren’t afraid to push boundaries with their clothes, and that’s what I love – the trend of wearing whatever you wanted, because you wanted to.
AF: Is your own personal style similar to Jill’s?
EW: I would say that Jill is rubbing off on me a bit. I love sweater vests, and cardigans. Her practical style parallels her pragmatism, and she’s cool with that. I love that she doesn’t fuss over her clothes too much, and she’s the kind of girl who, at the end of the day, will wear whatever she is most comfortable in. Similarly, I try to choose my outfits in the same way – comfort that suits each day.
AF: What can we expect from Jill in “The Carrie Diaries”?
EW: I’m really excited for Jill’s story to open up throughout the show. We don’t know from week to week what the next episode will be about, so each episode is a new surprise even for me. I am happy that Jill never fails to stand up for herself and her friend. She continues to be confident with who she is, and in what she wants.