Growing up, it looked like Ashley Park might be a professional athlete and a journalist but somewhere along the line she discovered a love of acting and – thankfully for us – changed gears. The Days of Our Lives alum talks about her new roles, as well as her latest crowning achievement – winning the title of Miss Asia USA.
Ashley is all set to make an impact on the most dynamic film industry and with her looks, style, talent and confidece, it is not far that she is going to raise the heartbeats of millions around the globe. Let’s find out what her future plans are!
Congrats on winning Miss Asia! Did you get a crown? Ribbon? How does it work?
Thank you very much! I did get a crown and sash. I was awarded them upon winning the title.
What was the main draw for you, entering it?
I was scouted to apply for the pageant. Knowing that it will present a great opportunity to showcase myself and represent my country, I took no time accepting the challenge. Initially, I was honored with Miss Korea USA 2015 title and later with the love and support of my fans and luck being on my side, I was announced as Miss Asia USA, 2015. It’s been such an incredible experience representing Korea, and I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything.
Is there a prize at the end? Or is the exposure that’s the reward?
The prize for me was being granted the opportunity to represent Korea. There is a lot of exposure for both the delegates and the winners. Miss Asia USA is highly regarded in the public eye, so the delegates must represent the organization to the best of their ability. The winner of Miss Asia USA is granted quite a few wonderful prizes from sponsors, including some incredible scholarships.
How empowering is it being up there, presenting yourself to the world, on that stage?
I found it to be an incredibly empowering experience. It was my first time on a major stage, and it was definitely a night I will never forget.
Did you get nervous at all?
Of course, but you want to be at least somewhat nervous in a situation like this. Coming from someone with a long history of both athletic and academic competitions, not being nervous means you must not want this very badly! But I was much calmer than I expected myself to be, and as the night progressed, I became even less nervous as I got used to the stage.
Are you more comfortable on a stage than you are on a film set?
I thought the stage was going to be a far cry from a film set, but I reacted to the stage much more comfortably than I expected! Being on stage is a very different experience that really can’t be compared to anything else. There is a bigger surge of adrenaline, and the entire experience is almost an indescribable feeling.
What was your first movie?
My first actual movie was All-American Bikini Car Wash, which was shot a couple of years ago. We filmed it in Las Vegas, which was so much fun!
Do you feel you’ve improved as an actress since then?
Yes, I definitely feel that I have improved since then. If I haven’t, then I have not been doing my job as an actor, which is to train and become a master at my craft. I believe an actor must always be doing something to improve.
Did you have acting training? How does one improve as an actor?
I don’t have formal acting training via a college degree, but I have studied at various acting schools throughout the LA area. I believe that actors improve in the classroom, so it’s important to keep training and studying to become a master of the craft.
When did Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter come about?
I already knew the producer Tracey Birdsall from a project we worked on together in the past. She and director Neil Johnson called me in to audition early this spring, and the rest is history! I am excited to play the integral role of Rhianna in Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter.
Is this a physical role for you?
I was cast a few days before we started filming, and while my character needed to be fit, there was no need for any stunt training for this particular role. As an athlete, I’m used to being thrust into situations that require strength and endurance, so I felt ready to go. But yes, there were definitely some physically demanding scenes.
Who do you think the movie is going to appeal to?
I think this film has qualities that will appeal to anyone and everyone! But I would have to say that sci-fi and action aficionados are going to flip for this film.
Would you like to do more movies in the science-fiction realm?
Yes, I am definitely a sci-fi fan. Shooting Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter was a blast, and I would love to do more films of that nature. I was lucky enough to get casted in a desert sci-fi shortly after shooting Rogue Warrior: Robot Fighter. The project is named Trapdoor and it blends elements of sci-fi, action, horror and adventure. We start filming in late January.
Since that movie completed, have you shot anything else?
Yes, I try to work on something at all times! I have shot quite a few things since then, and another feature film which is going to be released in early 2016; Day for Night. I had a chance to work with some highly reputable and respected talents such as Peter Bogdanovich, Sally Kirkland, and Lin Shaye. I have multiple projects lined up and I am very excited about them. Currently, I am preparing to shoot three web series in early 2016.
What are your plans for Christmas? Well-deserved break, perhaps?
Yes, I am planning on heading home for the holidays to visit my family. Christmas is my favorite time of the year, so I savor every moment … and every piece of pumpkin pie! And a trip to Disneyland is always in order!