The 36-year-old actress shared that while she did not pursue practicing law, her education has been useful in her current profession.
“It is quite helpful with the memorization. I had to learn about 2,000 cases by heart, so I am fairly good at learning scripts quickly,” she was quoted as saying. “On the whole, it is quite a different part of the brain: Law is very analytical, and acting is more instinctive and emotionally driven. But, it does come in handy with learning lines ― and reading my own contract.”
According to Chan, she enjoyed earning her degree but noted that she would’ve become a “pretty miserable lawyer.”
Chan said she did not find acting to be a viable career until later on in life. She explained that although she had been involved in drama and music since she was a child, it took years before she secretly auditioned for drama school.
“[My] dad said to me, ‘It doesn’t matter how good you are or how talented you are — how many faces do you see on the screen that look like ours? You won’t get enough work,’” she told the Los Angeles Times back in August. “I said, ‘Dad, I just want to be part of a change.’ ”
In her more recent interview,Chan said she was grateful to be part of the massive hit that was “Crazy Rich Asians.”
“I have never been part of a project where people had such personal reactions to it,” she said. “People come up to me on the streets or at the airport just to say thank you. I think it has to do with people feeling seen for the first time. It feels amazing to be a part of it, and, hopefully, it is just the start.”