Interview with actor, Lawrence Chau

Today I’m welcoming back actor, producer, writer and host, Lawrence Chau. Thank you, Lawrence for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born and raised in Toronto and have lived nine lives as a journalist, a public relations executive and as an actor/ television host in Canada, Asia and America (Ghostly Encounters, The Border, On The Run: The Elusive Mr. Wee, Showbuzz Singapore, Miss Singapore Universe, Hollywood Squares Singapore, Citylife Hong Kong and most recently, In The Limelight with Lawrence Chau). I’m currently living in Los Angeles and loving the weather, but hating the traffic. I will drive you bananas with useless showbiz trivia and conversations about politics. I love pets (especially dogs) and have a thing for real estate, especially sexy lofts. I am also aligned with the segment of the population that likes coconuts, avocados, and nuts. My vices include coffee and potato chips. Words that best describe me: silly, witty, inquisitive, intuitive, creative, organized, meticulous, friendly, adventurous, tenacious and independent.

 

 

Since your previous interview, you’ve had a lot of exciting things going on. Can you share with everyone?

Firstly, thanks for having me back! Yes, I started my own little production company and launched an online Hollywood talk show: In The Limelight with Lawrence Chau (#ITLwithLC), which I host, produce and write. I’m also in the midst of developing a few short films and possibly an independent feature. Projects like that generally take a long time to manifest because there are so many cogs in the wheel. When they do surface, though, you’ll just have to have me back to blab some more!

 

 

You’re the host of In The Limelight with Lawrence Chau. What kind of guests do you have on your show and where can viewers tune in?

#ITLwithLC is familiar territory as it brings me back to my showbiz hosting roots (I used to travel the world interviewing the biggest stars as the anchor and producer of Showbuzz, Singapore’s No. 1 entertainment news program. I was Mario Lopez before Extra Mario Lopez!).

I get to interview a range of showbiz movers and shakers on #ITLwithLC — from actors to writers to filmmakers. There are fresh faces and established names in the mix. The talk show is equal parts informative and fun.

We’ve had some great guests so far: Danish actor Caspar Phillipson, who played President John F. Kennedy in Jackie; Jona Xiao who has landed roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Keeping Up With The Joneses, Gifted, Halt and Catch Fire and Being Mary Jane; Heather Storm, who hosts Garage Squad; and the hilarious Katz Twins, who found fame by looking like Bradley Cooper (they really do!).

Most recently I got to interview showbiz correspondent and multiple New York Times best selling author J. Randy Taraborrelli, who’s penned biographies on everyone from Diana Ross and Beyonce to Michael Jackson and Madonna. He’s also written books on The Kennedys and is hot off the heels from executive producing and writing the hit Reelz cable channel mini-series, After Camelot. That was a pinch-me-moment because I grew up as a showbiz addict reading his books.

#ITLwithLC airs online on PacificRimVideo, SurgeTV, and my own YouTube channel (Lawrence Chau).

 

 

Aside from Ghostly Encounters, will there be anymore paranormal shows for you in the works?

Never say never, but honestly nothing concrete at the moment. I get a lot of fan inquiries asking if GE will return. I wish it were! It was a great gig. We were very much one of the forerunners to a lot today’s paranormal reality shows. Fingers crossed, though, one of my horror short films will see the light of day this or next year.

 

 

You recently were at the Oscars. What was that like?

As mind-blowing as it was when they announced the Best Oscar goes to…La La Land, no wait, Moonlight! After that it became pretty much a blur thanks to way too much Chardonnay. (Read: Lightweight as I normally don’t like to drink). I thought Jimmy Kimmel rocked as a host — just as he did at the 68th Prime Time Emmys, which I was also lucky enough to attend.

 

 

What’s next for Lawrence Chau?

Aside from developing more showbiz projects, I reckon a long overdue trip to New York, my favorite city, is in the pipeline and a holiday in Europe somewhere (Italy, Spain, England, Germany, Austria…?).

 

 

Where can fans follow you?

Official Website
www.lawrencechau.com

Facebook
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Twitter and Instagram
@lawrencechauact

YouTube
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IMDB
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Positive words of wisdom?

Father Time has a way of sneaking up on you, so do what you love and try to start early. Stay focused. That said, it’s never too late to change. You just have to adapt wisely and be realistic. Whatever path(s) you choose in life, be prepared for a lot of curve balls and setbacks. Life is a challenge, a grind. You have to be tenacious, adaptable. Also, something Tom Ford (who wrote and directed Nocturnal Animals, one of my favorite films of late) said also resonated: You can have talent, looks and opportunity, but nothing will manifest unless you have drive. I’m trying to figure out why some people have drive whilst others don’t.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Lawrence Chau

Today I’m welcoming Lawrence Chau. Lawrence Chau is an actor and an award-winning host and writer, who has worked in Canada, Asia and America.  He is known by most in North America as the host of Ghostly Encounters.  The paranormal program airs stateside on Destination America, in Canada on Oprah Winfrey Network, and in Asia on Crime & Investigation Channel.

Thank you, Lawrence for stopping by!

 

  1.  Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and graduated with a degree in journalism.  I then trekked off to Hong Kong where I landed my first break in showbiz.  Then came Singapore.  That’s where my career really exploded as a host and actor.  After 10 great years in Asia, I routed back to Toronto where I landed Ghostly Encounters and other acting gigs.  Los Angeles is home now where I’ve been concentrating more on acting.  Off-camera I zone out by watching movies and TV shows.  I also love dogs.  I’m not really into nightlife as I don’t like drinking.  I’m in a more Zen state of mind.  I love my “me” time.

 

  1.  Along with being an actor, you’re also a writer.  What are some of your writing accomplishments?

You’re going to laugh, but my first exposure as a writer came when I was seven.  I wrote and illustrated a short story called Crazy Witch that was made available for loan at the school library.  It was an imaginary tale of how I escaped from a Crazy Witch after she had kidnapped me with designs of cooking me in her caldron.   I then won a scholarship award for best story-of-the-year in journalism school.  Professionally, I have contributed to numerous publications in Asia and Canada as a columnist and entertainment writer.  I also used to pen many of the scripts for Showbuzz, Singapore’s No. 1 English entertainment news program, which I also anchored and produced.  I probably will delve into scriptwriting eventually.

 

  1.   You’re the host of The Biography Channel’s television series, Ghostly Encounters.  What’s that like and are you a believer in the paranormal?

BIO.  did air Ghostly Encounters years ago, but no longer.  As of now, Destination America (owned by Discovery Channel) has bought the series and airs it stateside.  Yes, I do believe in the paranormal.  I actually recounted a chilling ghostly encounter in my personal life at the audition.   I’m guessing that helped me land the gig as host.  I’m really grateful for that opportunity.  Not many producers or networks would take a chance on an Asian male entertainment host.

 

  1.  Is there a particular episode of Ghostly Encounters that just really grabs your attention?  If so, why?

Anorexia and The Hag stands out.  The episode also resonated with a lot of viewers for they, too, claimed to have experienced the paralyzing effects of The Hag — as have my brothers and I.  To this day, I’m not sure if it was what doctors describe as sleep paralysis or a spiritual encounter, but let me tell ya, when my brothers and I had them during our teens and 20s, we were freaked out.  I don’t get them anymore, though.

 

  1.  Have you personally experienced anything paranormal?

My most vivid paranormal encounter was in an office building in downtown Toronto.   I was in university part-timing at a newspaper office and my boss was kind enough to let me stay late on a Saturday night to work on my essay on Frankenstein (appropriate, I know).  On her way out, she said, “Be careful of Big Foot.”  I’m like, “Huh?”

A little after midnight, the phone rings.  I think it’s my boss calling to check up.  Nothing.  All I hear is a breezy sound.  Then the ceiling lights slowly zap off row by row.  I quickly turn them back on.  I resume typing my essay when down the hall I hear the elevator moving.  I assume it’s building security doing the rounds.  The elevator stops on my floor.  No one.  Then I hear “thump, thump, thump;” loud footsteps coming down the hall from the elevator towards me.  I am frozen at my typewriter.  I immediately think, “Big Foot!”  I see nothing, but the slow, elephant-like steps continue right past me.  The steps stop at the end of the room.  Suddenly the pinned up papers at the end wall fall down, then a lamp falls.  I am frazzled with fear.  In a mad dash, I put everything back in place and tear off home.

The next day I ask my boss what the heck that was.  She says the same thing happened to her when she stayed behind one night, the difference being Big Foot actually walked through her and she felt an unearthly chill glide through her body.

 

  1.  If someone wanted to ask your opinion regarding the supernatural, what would you tell them?

I would say what Mark Wahlberg said in The Happening:  “There are forces of nature beyond our control.”

 

  1.  Have you conducted any paranormal investigations?  If yes, where?

No, I actually have not.

 

  1.  You have quite the impressive background with an extremely busy schedule.  How do you find time to unwind?

The entertainment industry is crazy.  Very unpredictable.  If we aren’t on-camera, chances are we’re doing something behind-the-scenes.   Breaks pop up here and there and you just seize them.   Sleep, movies, DVR, quiet nights alone or with friends — all help soothe the soul.  I travel alone sometimes, too to de-stress.  I also love Googling and YouTubing.

 

  1.  Care to share some of your current projects?

We just wrapped filming on Farm 1, a rather intense short film that sheds light on the dark world of child prostitution.  I actually had nightmares preparing for my role, arguably the grittiest role I’ve tackled to date. (No spoiler alerts, lol). It’s produced by Hoplite Entertainment, which recently won an Emmy, so I’m sure it’s in great hands.  No idea when it will be released.  It’s currently in post-production.

 

  1.  Any positive words of advice for your fans?

Firstly, thanks for watching and supporting Ghostly Encounters.  Means a lot!  Advice?  Don’t live in a bubble.  Get out and explore the world.  Discover it and your inner self.  Find what makes you tick, pursue it, and live life to the fullest.

 

LAWRENCE WEBLINKS

www.lawrencechau.com

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www.facebook.com/pages/Lawrence-Chau-PR

 

 

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