Dichen Lachman was born in Kathmandu, Nepal, and lived in Nepal until she was eight years old, before her family moved to Adelaide, Australia. Her mother was born in India and is of Tibetan descent. She was on FOX’s Dollhouse and guest starred as an insurance agent/street racer on NCIS: Los Angeles. She also appeared as Amy Hanamoa, the widow of a murdered police officer, in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. Lachman made a guest appearance in an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, for its fourth series Torchwood: Miracle Day. Additionally, last year it was announced that Lachman would be joining the cast of Being Human as a series regular. Read below for the full Q&A…
Tourism is a major source of income for Kathmandu. It must be a beautiful place! Do you ever go back and visit the place you grew up as a child?
Dichen: I have not been back for a very long time. But, it is a beautiful place and would like to go back someday soon.
You’ve worked with Joss Whedon and some say once you’ve attached yourself to one of his projects you start being typecasted. How do you react to such statements?
Dichen: I love Joss, and his work. I don’t think that is necessarily true.
Whedon identifies himself as a feminist as it is apparent in many of his projects have strong female leads. Is this aspect important to you as well — to portray characters that represent women in a strong/positive light?
Dichen: I think it is wonderful that he represents woman in a strong and independent light. We are lucky to have him gunning for us and creating strong female role models.
Can you give us any updates on ‘Lust for Love’?
Dichen: We just wrapped the film at the end of last year and it was a blast. One of the hardest things I have ever done, but I met so many amazing people. The support from the fans was just so wonderful and overwhelming. It’s shaping up too. So that is exciting.
Lately, a lot of your work consists of Television. Was this a calculated move or did you decide to hold off on numerous film roles?
Dichen: I would love to work in film. TV is also a great place for an actor to play these days, they seem to be pushing the boundaries a lot. I hope I can do both.
You’ve done auditions for parts without reading a script beforehand, how do you prepare yourself for something like that? or does that actually take the pressure off?
Dichen: Sometimes it takes the pressure off a little, other times it makes it hard to know what the right choice is. It all depends on what the project is and the quality of writing. If something is written really well then it makes the actors job a lot easier in that situation.
I know you want to direct someday so I assume you have some ideas already in your head? What kind of project would you like to helm?
Dichen: I would love to direct. It’s a big job though and I need a lot more experience before I move onto a feature. I would love to do something really playful and dark. But I love drama and comedy too.
Lately, a lot of shows are getting resurrected; 24 is getting a movie. Arrested Development is coming back next year, etc. I know Joss had a 5 year plan for Dollhouse, so if a continuation of the show was to happen in any fashion, would you be interested in rejoining the project?
Dichen: In a heartbeat if it meant I could work with my buddies again [smiles].
Congrats on joining ‘Being Human’. Being that the show is based on a British version of the same name, did this initally draw your attention to the project?
Dichen: I actually had not seen the British version or the US version. I just loved the idea of exploring the Shadow Self, I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to play.
You decided to be an actress pretty late in your life and accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Do you have any advice for any actors looking to hit success?
Dichen: You have to be persistent and work hard. Use anything negative people tell you about the business to fuel your fire. Don’t let anyone tell you, [that] you cant do it.
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