Pt. 3: Amy Hill talks Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Just Add Magic, and Rob Riggle’s new comedy pilot
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Pt. 3: Amy Hill talks Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Just Add Magic, and Rob Riggle’s new comedy pilot


speaking of shows, actually I love another show you’re on as well, the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and you play the mom of Josh Chan. Yes. Lourdes Chan. I actually watched one of the videos, music bits, that you were in with your grill, so tell us about the experience of you being on that, that show, I actually love that show. so funny. I love that, because, you know, I was basically given, offered the part, and I said, “Great!” I hadn’t seen the script, I but I, you know, to play a Filipino mom was like a dream come true. I think, you know, immigrants with accents are real people. That it’s just a layer that they have. It normalizes them, is that basically. Yeah! So I am NOT making fun I’m not making a character of the accent I’m making a character that has an accent, so when they called, I thought they were going to say well, you know, we’d like you not to do an accent. I thought, okay, I can still, you know, make a person out of this, this mother, but the guy was like, the guy, the writer of the episode called and said do you think you could do an accent and I thought, “can I?!” I mean I play the Filipino mom several times at the Asian American Theater Company, and I was the voice of Philippine Airlines for six years. I can do this. Wow! Yes! So I was like, yes! I can do it! I’m so happy. And that episode where I’m doing the singing, all the extras are Filipino, you know, and of course the people who are playing my daughter and Vincent Rodriguez is Filipino so they have mothers that have the accent, so I also had people around me who could correct me if I was wrong with anything, it was wonderful. It was like the best job ever. Do you know why the Do you know why the last name is Chan? That’s actually a Chinese last name, is it because they’re Chinese from Philippines The Philippines? or is that why? Yes, so there’s a lot of Chinese Filipinos. Oh, the Chinese, they went everywhere. Oh, so Josh Chan is a Chinese Filipino basically. Yes. Oh, I understand now. Oh, that makes sense. Like someone from Peru or Brazil, like Jorge Tanaka. They have like a Japanese name, but their first name… and then they speak with the Brazilian accent. Yeah. It blows our mind whenever you see. Yeah, I have a friend that actually speaks fluent Spanish from Ecuador, that’s Chinese. Exactly, the Asians are everywhere! You have another project that you’re working on, Comedy InvAsian. Yeah, and I actually went to your performance. Yes. It was hilarious, Uh-huh. Tell us more about that project. Well, that project, you know, Quentin Lee called and said he wanted to do a series of one-hour specials, but I heard a one-hour special with six stand-ups, so I thought I would be doing ten minutes or something of an hour. Oh! So I thought that was hard, ten minutes, so then we were sort of like, you know, talking about it in more detail and he said, “No, Amy, no, you’re doing an hour!” And I said, “You don’t understand what stand-up is!” So, but then, I thought I should take a chance, and so I did, and I rehearsed like a show. Also I saw that you just got casted for a pilot, an ABC pilot, with Rob Riggle’s (“Yes”) single dad comedy. I know that it’s kind of new, so you can’t shed too many new details, but tell us a little bit about what you can tell us. Well, it’s a pilot that is written or created by somebody who had this experience. It was based on her childhood, and Rob Riggle plays a writer who moves to Queens with his two daughters. He’s newly single, and he has to learn how to be a mom, as well as a dad to these two girls, and it’s funny and touching and sweet, and I just play one of the neighbors, and it’s a really diverse, and of course I am Mrs. Kim, so it feels like full circle Mrs. Kim in the ’90s, ’95 and Mrs. Kim again in 90, no 2017, and it’s so … one of my characters is wonderful. She has a lot of advice for him that’s, you know, pretty old school, and, I don’t know, it’s just a really sweet, wonderful show, and I hope it gets picked up. Yeah, and it is especially full- circle, because you’re also playing Mrs. Kim on an (“yeah”) ABC show! That’s right! Tell us about any other new projects that’s coming up for you. On Amazon Prime, I’m doing a show called “Just Add Magic.” We’re going into our fourth season, and that one I play a witch, Mama P, and it’s a huge hit on Amazon Prime, for not just kids. It’s a kind of a tween show. But, you know, my plate is full. I’m very lucky, because there’s so many platforms now. But I’m also a single mom of a 16 year old, so I’m trying to balance my work life and my personal life as much as I can. Well, we are so excited for you, Amy. We are going to be looking out for your projects. We thank you so much for joining us today for “Amy Lieu Presents!” (“Yay!”) We enjoyed having you so much! Good luck on everything you’re doing too! Thank you so much, Amy! Hi, thanks so much everybody, for watching #AmyLieuPresents! Check me out at YouTube and iTunes! Please subscribe if you like what you see, and also I’m at www.amylieu.com for my website, and also at @amylieumedia for my social media, follow me for the latest updates! Thanks so much, and have a great day!

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