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We chat to Supernatural star Osric Chau
Oz Comic-Con is in Melbourne for the weekend! Over the 8th and 9th of June 2019, guests from across the world will be attending for meet and greets, autographs, photo opportunities and panels about your favourite comics, movies and TV shows. WeekendNotes Melbourne sat down with Osric Chau, best known for his role as Kevin from Supernatural, to chat with him about all things Con and more.
What has been your favourite con moment so far across the world?
I've been going to Comic-Cons for years - before I was a guest I was an attendee. Part of the transition between going from attendee to guest and back and forth was a little weird for me. I didn't know what the rules were for being a guest, I was so used to coming in Cosplay. The first time I ever Cosplayed as a guest, I didn't think it was weird, it was a Supernatural con, and I assumed everyone would just be dressing up, even guests. I had a costume I made for San Diego Comic-Con, that I didn't get to go to, so I thought I would just wear it to the next Comic-Con I go to. I show up at the Supernatural con, as a guest, on stage, as Princess Bubblegum, completely covered in paint. It was such a mixed reaction, people loved it, people hated. All in all, people were shocked. My manager called me saying "Osric, what did you do? People go to these to meet Osric Chau not Osric Chau dressed as Princess Bubblegum."
Are you sad to see the end of Supernatural?
I think it's always bittersweet. Obviously, this is a big portion of all of our lives, for everyone on this show. At the same time, there's a sense of relief that we're going to know how it ends. There is a lot of people on this show that are there through loyalty, from a production standpoint, half these people would be two or three positions above where they are now. but they love the show, they love the people and they just couldn't bear leaving. This kind of pushes everyone out the door and says 'ok you're ready to fly, go do incredible things.'
Do you have any theories on how Supernatural might end?
I have made the decision that I'm not going to theorise, I'm just going to let it happen. And just hope it's a good one.
Have you had a hard time breaking away from being 'Kevin' and being recognised as your own person?
I'm not worried about that, I guess. For all those things, there's always going to be negatives and positives, and you have to focus on those positives. The positives far outweigh the negatives and if I focus on any aspect of the negatives it's just going to bring me down.
Did you expect Kevin to get the response he did and become such a fan favourite?
I had no clue. I thought I was going to die in the third episode, that was in the contract, and then they kept him. I thought they were going to kill him so many times, and they kept not killing him. Then they killed him a lot. It was a complete surprise. At first, he was this stereotypical Asian character that I hated. He felt like such a blah character, but then, I really appreciated it in the end because we got to see that he is all those stereotypes but he is also so much more.
Were you aware of Kevin's fate on Supernatural?
Jared gave me a heads up, I didn't believe him right away, but he was right. I think the week before he told me, I was doing a panel and was asked 'if Kevin ever died how would he die?' and I jokingly responded 'Sam kills him.' I said that for maximum drama, but in the end, Sam killed him.
You've recently finished producing your own movie - how did that come about and what was that experience like?
I'd been doing all these projects here and there, and somehow I had ended up on the worst project I'd ever been a part of, and I just had it in my mind that if I'm going to work on crappy projects that it might as well be my own. I started asking all my friends and going around like a mad man telling enough people that we were going to the Philippines to do a movie. I didn't know how we were going to do it, I had no clue of any specifics, I just kept telling people this was going to happen. Sure enough, we had told enough people that at some point, someone made decisions, we bought one-way flights to go there, things just came together. Through sheer will, I feel.
What's been the best experience with writing and producing?
It's super empowering. When we were pitching the movie to studios, the one thing that stuck out to me, it felt so much easier than auditioning as an actor and different. I think that was because we knew why we wanted to tell this story, and it felt like I was auditioning for a hundred people. When it came down to it, we provided a hundred jobs and that was such a cool thing.
What's next for you? Are you hoping to produce more in the future?
I have several scripts that I'm pitching around right now, and it's just finding the right studio and producing partners to do it with. I just finished my second screenplay ever. My first one is unreadable, but this one I wrote over the last couple of months, and I just really like it. I wrote it to be in Hawaii because I wanted to go there.
You have been really passionate about Asian portrayal in the media, are you doing anything currently to further that cause?
I think every project that I'm spearheading, or helping out with in terms of writing and producing is that. And it's not just Asian's, it's any marginalised community. There's so many stories we've not heard, so many perspectives we haven't seen. As a viewer, I want to see different perspectives, I'm curious. I don't want to see the same perspective over and over again, I want to see someone else's side of the story. As a society, I think it's a good thing to see things from different angles.
What are you most looking forward to this weekends Comic-Con?
I love meeting fans, you get feedback from fans. Comic-Cons really give you a chance to see how whatever you did affect someone's life. I love that, I'm really appreciative of that.
You can meet Osric Chau and a host of other guests at this year's Oz Comic-Con Melbourne. Whether you have a love of gaming, cosplay or just want to meet a few tv and movie show actors, Oz Comic-Con is the hub for all things fandoms.
Oz Comic-Con will be touring other states throughout the year with other guests to be announced shortly.