ELLEN WONG GRAPPLES WITH IDENTITY – AND WINS

first_imgFor her audition, Wong, 32, wore a one-piece bathing suit with pink spandex short-shorts and grabbed some pom-poms to play a wrestling cheerleader who bounced erratically between a Clueless accent and a demon voice. Ellen Wong has a split personality on Netflix’s summer smash series GLOW. Inside the wrestling ring, Wong plays Fortune Cookie, a flamboyant compilation of dumb Asian stereotypes (sample dialogue: “I am cute like panda. Help me! I am fast like dragon.”) Outside, she’s Jenny Chey, perky people pleaser.Juggling dualities seems to come naturally to Wong, who grew up in Scarborough and now lives in Los Angeles. She is back home to be feted by TIFF’s Rising Stars program — Wong is one of this year’s annual honourees despite not having a film in the festival.Chatting about some of her favourite places in Toronto while seated at a picnic table in High Park, she abruptly swings between a high-pitched voice punctuated by giggles and earth-shaking enthusiasm. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment She furrows her brow as she airs her views on the mugs at College and Bathurst’s Manic Coffee. “You get a cute little cup, with a little squirrel on it!” she shouts, appearing furious. “You get a squirrel on your cup holding an acorn! I’m sorry, but little details like that make me happy.”This disarming flip-flop between meek and mighty was what she says charmed GLOW creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch when they were casting the series, which takes place behind the scenes of a campy, exploitative, all-female ’80s wrestling league. Advertisementlast_img

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