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Cinematical: Interview with Bai Ling

Jul 17th 2006

It's been a year since all of the buzz about Star Wars: Episode III and your spread in Playboy. Lucas always maintained the decision to cut your part happened much earlier. Looking back on it now, are you still upset?

Bai Ling: Well, I'm not. I'm very happy that I had the experience. Star Wars and Playboy are the biggest American icons. There's nothing for me to complain about. I feel very lucky to have been a part of it, and to have made the film and experienced it. When a film is completed, it has its own life. It's like a child, after you give birth. It also made me learn something. When you don't get what you want, it just makes you accept real life. You have to accept the storms and the rainy days and the things in life that you sometimes don't want to face. You have to respect the director's decision. I think George Lucas made the decision based on what, artistically, he thinks was right for the film. So, I have no complaints and I feel grateful that he cast me in the movie. Also, I'm in the DVD. He told me I'd be in the DVD, but I was hoping I'd not be in the DVD, because it's better to keep it a mystery. [laughs]

You've got a few things completed right now; what are you focusing your time on next? I heard a rumor that you might get involved in the upcoming Star Wars TV series.

Bai Ling: I would like to, but I don't know yet. In the meantime, I'm probably going to do a reality show for VH1. We're going to try to do something that's a new way of doing reality shows. Nobody would ever think of where we're taking it. It will probably be very intimate, and will capture the many colors of who I am, by the camera and reality. It will be very spontaneous and I think it will be good. It's a challenge, and I'm a little concerned, but probably I'm going to do it. Also, I just got a leading role for a film called Shanghai Baby. It's the best-selling contemporary Chinese book, by a young Chinese writer, writing about life in modern-day Shanghai. I play a writer who is very modern, but also lost and torn. She has multiple lovers; a western lover and a Chinese lover. It's the fast-paced, exciting flavor of modern life in Shanghai.

Have you seen the first cut of Southland Tales yet? If so, what did you think of it?

Bai Ling: I saw it at Cannes. I think Richard is a very special, unique and gifted director. I really think it's very good, and I think it will be a hit. He's re-editing a bit, but even though it was two hours and forty minutes long, I enjoyed every minute of it. I think his way is a new way of making films. [Serpentine] is very sensual, very sexy, and very funny in a modern way. She plays an essential, key role in the film. It's a very mystical and beautiful role, and I enjoyed it so much. You don't really know her, but she's there all the time.

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