When movie and TV productions in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world, were suspended last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the livelihoods of more than 120,000 people were reportedly thrown into disarray. One of them caught in the undertow is homegrown actress Pamelyn Chee. (Chin Han isn’t the only Singaporean in Hollywood.)
Pamelyn started her acting career in the US; one of her earliest roles was in The Princess of Nebraska by The Joy Luck Club director Wayne Wang. Back in Singapore, she starred on such Mediacorp productions as Point of Entry and The Little Nyonya as well as the HBO murder-mystery Serangoon Road. Her movie credits include Royston Tan’s 3688 and Kelvin Tong’s The Faith of Anna Waters.
In 2015, Pamelyn returned to the US. “Things fell into place after [the 2014 HBO mini-series Grace],” she told 8 DAYS then. “The opportunity came and I grabbed it.” Just before the coronavirus craziness broke, Pamelyn had completed filming Boogie, a coming-of-age story directed by chef and Fresh Off the Boat author Eddie Huang.
“Well, it’s actually still pretty safe,” says Pamelyn, who lives near Monterey Park, a city about a 12-minute drive from LA. “I know the news makes it sound chaotic [but] it’s just kinda quiet and dead.” Here, in an e-mail interview, Pamelyn tells 8days.sg what she’s been up to lately and what life is like in La La Land amid the outbreak. (She also took a few photos for us. Thanks!)