Photographer Joshua Shultz
Location La Poubelle
Stylist Lisa Martinez
Hair and Make Up Jacob Aguirre
Stylist Lisa Martinez
Hair and Make Up Jacob Aguirre
Watch the whole behind the scenes video from the beautiful Arden Cho photo shoot here…
Bellus Magazine (BM): What inspired you to get into acting?
Arden Cho (AC): I think I always wanted to act but for so much of my life I was just too scared to try. I remember wanting to join the drama club in highschool but I was intimidated because everyone else seemed so good, I didn’t think I would be good enough. I remember seeing people audition for the school play and I didn’t know how to pick a monologue or where to start so I never auditioned. When I was studying at University of Illinois I took a theater class as an elective, I finally had an opportunity to try and ended up fallng in love with acting. It made me feel alive and it was so refreshing to overcome my fears.
BM: How did you get your first major start as an actress?
AC: In the beginning I took a lot of different classes and worked on short films and independent films, eventually leading to some co-star opportunities and guest-star roles. The first 7 years or so were very difficult but I believe all of those experiences regardless of how small or big they were prepared me for Teen Wolf, my first series regular role and probably what people would consider the “major start” to my acting career. Teen Wolf also initially started as a single episode guest star. I got lucky that the writers and creators wanted to keep my character around eventually making her a series regular. I guess you can say it’s an example of luck – when preparation meets opportunity.
BM: What is your process to get inspired as an artist?
AC: I don’t think there is a process for me. But I find that a lot of random things bring me inspiration. I’m also inspired by relationships, friendships and overall life experiences.
BM: How did you get prepared for the role Kira Yukimura on Teen Wolf?
AC: I definitely spent some time researching the Kitsune mythology and learning about Japanese culture. There are a couple episodes where Kira’s Kitsune spirit speaks Japanese so that was really fun and challenging. My friend Aiko Tanaka (actress/comedian) who’s also fluent in Japanese helped me a lot as I was learning the lines and working on my pronunciation.
BM: What was it like getting to work on Teen Wolf over the last few years?
AC: It was amazing, challenging and a growing experience. I learned a lot and I feel like I definitely grew as an actor. I love working and filming so it’s great to have a consistent gig and to be on set every day is all an actor can ask for.
BM: What message would you like to give to all your Teen Wolf fans out there? Do you think there is a chance we might see you back on the show in the future?
AC: The message would be – Thank you. I’m always so thankful for the love and support. Without the fans and viewers we wouldn’t be able to do what we do, so I’m forever thankful. I’m also really appreciative of the fans who continue to support the other work that I do as well. As far as Kira’s return, who knows! That’s definitely a Jeff Davis question. He’s the mastermind behind it all but like I’ve said before, in a show with so many great characters it’s hard to have room for all the characters and you have to do what’s best for the overall show. I’m so thankful Kira stuck around for as long as she did and it was a wonderful opportunity so I’m at peace with it. If she gets to come back, great! If not, it was still a fun chapter!
BM: What was one of your favorite roles and why?
AC: Probably Kira Yukimura. I connected a lot with her and I feel like both of us grew through the show. So there are a lot of memories and she’ll always have a special place in my heart.
BM: What is your role in Leonard and Church and what can you tell us about it?
AC: I am one of the co-founders and I help develop and design the watches. We started this company with a mission: build it simple, beautiful, and fair. We have a very small and humble team but everyone is extremely dedicated and despite the difficulties of a start up and the challenges we face, it’s been extremely rewarding to see it grow. We’ve had a really great response and I love hearing how satisfied people are with our watches.
BM: What are some of your favorite things in life?
AC: Well, I love my dog Chewy but I think everyone already knows that. I also LOVE eating, massages and binge watching shows. During my free time I’m usually hanging out with my friends and relaxing. I like games and sports as well.
BM: What are some of your favorite movies?
AC: A Moment to Remember and 200 Pound Beauty are two of my favorite Korean films. Some of my favorite all time movies are; V for Vendetta, The Green Mile, Slumdog Millionaire, Good Will Hunting and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
BM: How do you keep yourself in such great shape? Can you share some great advice?
AC: I generally walk about 3 miles a day with Chewy. I also take different types of classes like a boot camp style work out one day and then a pilates class or a cross fit style of class. I like changing the types of work outs so my body doesn’t get used to the same thing and it keeps it interesting. I get bored doing the same workouts over and over so I’ve got to mix it up!
BM: What advice can you give to other aspiring artist out there?
AC: Focus on your craft and do what makes you happy. Don’t worry about how other people are doing it and don’t compare yourself to others. Everyones journey is different and there is no right or wrong way. You also have to believe in yourself and zone out the naysayers. If you love the art and you can be happy doing it even if no one is watching then you’ll be fine. But if you’re in it for the glitz and glam be careful because a lot of it is just superficial noise. What’s most important is studying the craft and being your best. Anything in the arts is extremely challenging and competitive so you have to be prepared for when the right opportunity comes. So focus your time and energy on that. Don’t be discouraged by failures and roadblocks. They only make you stronger and you learn from every mistake.
BM: What does beauty mean to you??
AC: To me beauty is being vulnerable, honest and real. Beauty is the funny face you make when you laugh too hard and you’re smiling cheek to cheek. Beauty is each individuals weird quirks or imperfections. Beauty comes from within and a beautiful soul is priceless, it’s vibrant and captivating. Beauty is not caring what other people think and loving yourself from head to toe just as you are. YOU are beautiful.