Hong Chau’s recent roles in The Menu, The Whale (above) and Showing Up have earned the American actress praise for her versatility. “I guess I just start dreaming up a character,” the 43-year-old, born to Vietnamese parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, says of her acting method. Photo: A24 via AP
Hong Chau’s recent roles in The Menu, The Whale (above) and Showing Up have earned the American actress praise for her versatility. “I guess I just start dreaming up a character,” the 43-year-old, born to Vietnamese parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, says of her acting method. Photo: A24 via AP

From The Whale to The Menu to Showing Up, actress Hong Chau earns praise for her versatility

  • Hong Chau, who was born in a Vietnamese refugee camp in Thailand and grew up in New Orleans, talks about her acting method, and her surprise at her success
  • The Whale director Darren Aronofsky and co-star Brendan Fraser, and The Menu director Mark Mylod, praise Chau’s acting ability and versatility

Hong Chau’s recent roles in The Menu, The Whale (above) and Showing Up have earned the American actress praise for her versatility. “I guess I just start dreaming up a character,” the 43-year-old, born to Vietnamese parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, says of her acting method. Photo: A24 via AP
Hong Chau’s recent roles in The Menu, The Whale (above) and Showing Up have earned the American actress praise for her versatility. “I guess I just start dreaming up a character,” the 43-year-old, born to Vietnamese parents in a refugee camp in Thailand, says of her acting method. Photo: A24 via AP
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