Quotes by: B. D. Wong

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BD Wong
Wong in June 2008
Born Bradley Darryl Wong
(1960-10-24) October 24, 1960 (age 56)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Partner(s) Richie Jackson (1988–2004)
Children 2

Having done 'M. Butterfly,' I'm conscious of the choices women make with their clothes and makeup on screen.
B. D. Wong
Because of the accumulation of objects, things are never quite the way I want them to be. There has always been a lack of, well, clarity.
B. D. Wong
There's something pure about our bloodline: There are no accidental kids of gay parents. Every single gay parent desperately, passionately wanted to be a parent. That's neat, and I hope we can keep it that way.
B. D. Wong
I've always had tremendous support from my parents. I think there's a myth that gay people have lousy relationships with their parents.
B. D. Wong
If I were to limit myself to the opportunities that were presented playing only Chinese-American parts, I would be virtually without a career.
B. D. Wong
There is a kind of misconception that Asian-Americans are not as American as European-Americans.
B. D. Wong
Writing is an incredibly creatively empowering experience for me. It is the place where nobody tries to control what I'm doing.
B. D. Wong
Playing the priest on 'Oz' was a fantastic experience. I was very lucky.
B. D. Wong
Television shows and movies that are all white, I can't watch them. They totally alienate me.
B. D. Wong
Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they're opposed to it.
B. D. Wong
Usually, when you are an ethnic person or a trans person, in your average, everyday, unsophisticated television show, you are there for that reason. And they clearly justify and overexplain why. You very rarely see a transgender actor playing the part of a grocery-store clerk without having to say, 'Oh, look at that trans person.'
B. D. Wong
I realize it's a cliche almost, that coming out of the closet is a very healthy and empowering thing to do, but for me, it really has been a truly wonderful thing.
B. D. Wong
As an actor, I have casting issues. I'm a minority. I don't have trouble making a living, but as far as being on the food chain of the pecking order of actors, I'm not at the top of it. With the jobs that I do, there are always control issues with directors and producers.
B. D. Wong
I used to say that I didn't want anything to do with e-mail. It seemed really impersonal, complicated and weird. I had no idea what an amazing way it is to reach people.
B. D. Wong
I always knew I'd be more of a character actor than a leading man, and I always wanted to take that and run with it.
B. D. Wong
I was on 'SVU' for 11 years. I developed a muscle in my brain that could memorize things much more easily than people who don't do it every day. I got used to the language, and some of it got to be repetitive language, so you build your vocabulary.
B. D. Wong
I had studied the violin to a certain amount of success. At some point, I realized that I didn't really like the violin. I was only doing it because I could, and I was good at it, and everyone was encouraging me. But I didn't have a great love for it.
B. D. Wong
I know about lots of things that have nothing to do with being Asian, that you would never guess from looking at me. I know all about musical theater. I could go on 'Jeopardy!' and knock off the whole Broadway show tunes category. Also the whole Bible stories category.
B. D. Wong
I have a fear of labels. If someone labels me, I have to respond - do I acknowledge it, reject it, deny it, live up to it, and defy it? Labels can affect your ability to be yourself. If you're not careful, like I wasn't when I was young, that can take a toll on you. You find yourself conforming to everyone else's ideas of who you are.
B. D. Wong
I had saved a lot of money working at Mrs. Fields' Chocolate Chip Cookies, ushering at the Golden Gate Theatre, and doing odd jobs so I could live in New York for a few months. If it ran out, I would have to give up and go home. It turned out OK. I got my Equity card and started working.
B. D. Wong
The success of the storytellers - we're only as good as what we can withhold from the audience. Aspects of surprise and letting things play out for the audience - it's so much a part of their enjoyment. It's one of the great things about working in the movies and being a great storyteller.
B. D. Wong
I'm a strong nonbeliever in the Christmas letter where you don't really read it because it's just full of kind of meaningless information. It doesn't really resonate to the person reading it, but it means so much to the person that wrote it.
B. D. Wong
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