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The Imperfectly Perfect Tina Huang Interview

August 18, 2014 by  
Filed under Body Image

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I’m Tina, an LA actress and writer by way of New York City. I’m a first generation Taiwanese American. I love long walks on the beach with my cat…Just kidding, but I do play Susie Chang on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects that you are working on?

In addition to shooting Rizzoli & Isles, I also recur on ABC’s General Hospital. This year while on hiatus, I worked on two film projects, My Dead Boyfriend, directed by Anthony Edwards, and Hallmark’s On Paper. I’m also very excited to be developing with my writing partner a satirical political comedy…but hopefully more on that later.

Do you find the pressures of being performer / artist significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

At the end of the day, as an artist, it is crucial that I be myself. Whenever I feel pressures about body image—and they are prevalent—I have to remind myself that my talent comes from my unique perspective. While I support self-improvement (internally and externally), if I start becoming obsessed with vanity, I risk losing my point of view.  This leads to self-doubt, which is a never-ending spiral.  Meditation, surrounding myself with positive people, and volunteering help me keep perspective and pulls me outside of myself.

What do you define as beautiful?

Authenticity. But also, intelligence and a good sense of humor.

How do you define inner beauty?

I try not to strictly define inner beauty because I think it is unique to each individual.  I think inner beauty comes from ones courage to take a journey in search of their personal truth.  Truth allows you to love and care for others.  What’s more beautiful than that?

What is happiness?

Like everyone else, I’m a flawed individual.  I think happiness comes from accepting that.  I also think happiness comes from appreciating what you do have in life rather than focusing on what you don’t have.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?

Yes! I’m in!

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

Stress is part of life. And, it’s a big part of my life as an actor in LA.  I deal with it in numerous ways.  As I said, I meditate. I attend concerts, spend and a day at a museum, and go to the gym.  One thing that always works for me is driving to the ocean.  The expansiveness helps me gain perspective and it some how soothes me. I’m also a big supporter of therapy if someone needs to talk something out.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

1)   Put the cell phone down at meals. (If you check your phone—you pay!)

2)   Don’t respond to emails immediately. (I break this one a lot)

3)   Do something in nature.

4)   When you need to be intense, don’t feel bad about it.

5)   Give compliments freely.

6)   Say thank you.

7)   Draw boundaries.

8)   Don’t be afraid to let go of toxic relationships.

9)   Don’t compare yourself to others. (easier said than done)

10) LAUGH.

Other thoughts / reflections?

I have four quotes I’d like to share but feel free to omit any of them:

“Envying another’s beauty will diminish your own. But when you praise beauty in others your own beauty deepens.” –Daisaku Ikeda

“Just as cherry, plum, peach and damson blossoms all possess their own unique qualities, each person is unique. We cannot become someone else. The important thing is that we live true to ourselves and cause the great flower of our lives to blossom.” –Daisaku Ikeda

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”
-Amy Bloom

“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

Raised in the Lower Eastside, NYC, Tina graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She recurs on Rizzoli & Isles and General Hospital and was a series regular on Hollywood Heights. Credits include: The Office, Kroll Show, Switched at Birth, and Law & Order: Los Angeles. For complete filmography please visit:


Twitter: @tinahuang





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