I had the chance to chat with Tina Jung about her upcoming feature, Queen of the Morning. Beyond that we delved a bit into some of her other projects and she hints at work to come. Thank you to Tina Jung for answering all of my questions.
Could you tell our readers a little about yourself?
I’m an actor, writer, and producer. I have a theatre background, graduating from the Acting Conservatory at York University. I made the transition from theatre to film and television after graduating and have been on various shows like Suits, Kim’s Convenience, In Contempt, The Good Witch, Make It Pop, and No Sleep ‘Til Christmas. I’m a dog mom to Maple, a sassy corgi and I am also a popcorn connoisseur.
How would you describe your upcoming feature film Queen of the Morning Calm?
Queen of the Morning Calm is an empowering mother daughter story following Debra, a young immigrant sex worker raising her daughter in the most toxic and unhealthy environment as they try to escape the cycles of poverty and abuse. This powerful film was written, directed and produced by Gloria Kim, which she spent 12 years working on the script. This script was placed in the second round of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and earned Gloria both the spotlight on Screenwriters and Telefilm Canada New Voices Award.
How would you describe your character Debra?
Debra is a character who once lived in a fantasy believing that true love is the only thing that is able to save her. She relies heavily on believing that things will magically work out if she stays in the same place hoping to fix the person she loves who is an addict. What she doesn’t realize is that she is the only one who can get herself out of the situation so she must learn to become more independent and believe in herself to get out of a life she is miserably stuck in, all the while raising her young daughter. She is stronger than she thinks, she challenges those who get in her way, she pushes through the boundaries and labels that were put on her, and she takes control of the situations to become the hero of her own story. It’s a story of emancipation, a journey of self-love, and a lesson on how to become a more nurturing mother and the discovery of self-worth.
What do you hope viewers take away from the film?
Hopefully this shines a light onto the world of violence and abuse in relationships. Women’s stories matter. At a time where our voices are stronger than ever, each and every one of us are stepping up and speaking our minds. We will be heard and we will not be stopped. This film shows that as a survivor of violence and abuse, we are the heroes in our own story, and we will continue to push through and help others find self-worth and value. It’s a journey of surviving and learning to heal and I hope this film gives the audience a chance to resonate with her story.
Could you talk a bit about your role on Second Jen?
I play a character named Vicky, she is the successful cousin to Jen. She is a famous social media influencer with over 10 million followers who casually holds an MBA from Harvard. She spends her time traveling the world and hanging out with celebrities. We are currently filming the third season and so far it has been a fun experience working with the cast and crew. To play someone who is the complete opposite of who I am and getting to play a character that is so incredibly outrageous and gets to do whatever she wants at the snap of her fingers was a blast. I’m excited to see how it turns out!
Do you have any other projects you’d like to discuss?
There is a project that I am going into production this month and I am so excited about it but I can’t share it yet due to NDA but in time – stay tuned!
Where can our readers keep up with you and your projects online?
You can follow me on Instagram @tina_jung, or twitter @tinayjung.