Josie Ho has done more than 30 movies including Johnnie To’s latest, “Motorway.” Just opening up in theaters and on VOD you can catch her in the role of ‘Brown Eyes’ in the thriller Open Grave. She has made seven albums, and in July released “Third Eye” in China, where her band, Josie Ho & the Uni Boys, tours frequently. We sit down and have a brief conversation with Josie about her work ethic, the new film, and her future. Read below for the full Q&A…
Have you seen a shift in your role choices as you have gotten older? Do you gravitate towards different roles than you did 10 years ago?
Josie: Yes, I have. When I was younger, I was more concerned about hitting the marks and trying to be in serious drama…it was true to my heart at the time. Now, I just wanna let loose and be wild. I think I’m a little bit gearing more towards comedy now. Doing all those dramas just dug way too deep over time…it can hurt to act it sometimes. Just like the ‘Joker’ said, “Why so serious?” This really became my new agenda in life!
Open Grave is a film whose story is revealing itself little by little. For those who haven’t seen it, could you tell us about this film and what people can expect?
Josie: Expect good friends losing their minds with each other. When you lose your memory, it’s creepy. Really creepy!
From District 9 to Elysium, Sharlto Copley plays a pretty intense actor. What was it like working with him?
Josie: I enjoy working with Sharlto because he is very clear sighted in line with what the director wants. He’s an exact and detailed actor. He has a ton of energy and most of the time, Sharlto is focused…and a much more compassionate person in real life.
You openly admitted that Dream House could have been pushed even harder in violence and gore. Will your production company get another opportunity to push the envelope even further?
Josie: I wish I could do that in a row, but we also have to be concerned about selling elsewhere. Sex & violence isn’t the only thing on the table; we can always explore something else to put out there. Maybe in 10 years, we might do one genre like this kind again, but yes….if we do, it’s gotta be way psychopathic!
Which do you find yourself most comfortable in — Theater, voice acting, or acting in films?
Josie: I find myself most comfortable on stage, whether it’s singing or acting. I have no fear of the stage.
What are some of your favorite Asian films you haven’t starred in?
Josie: A lot! All of the Stephen Chow ones. Don’t talk about it anymore, it pisses me off. Why not me?! [Laughs]
Steven Soderbergh retired from film/directing in lieu of following a career in art. In the future do you see yourself in a similar departure to follow your artistic passion or theater-work?
Josie: Now that you asked, I will tell you. Good question! I haven’t been asked this a lot of times. I totally respect what Steven Soderbergh does because I’m really into resting now too. And if you’ve already reached your goals…we’ll just see what’s next…