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For all of you Arrow fans, Celina Jade will be recognizable to you as Shado, one of Oliver’s friends on Flashback Island. Ms. Jade took time out from her hectic schedule for a Q&A with us at Three If By Space.
You’ve been in Hong Kong working on Good Morning Hong Kong, which is a ‘rock and roll musical.’ What has the transition been like?
It was definitely a change working on GMHK during the Arrow hiatus! It was my first musical theatre experience and a steep learning curve transitioning from being an on-screen actor to an on-stage one. Other than the daily singing Marathon, I had to learn how to express my emotions in a more physical way, while at the same time maintaining the genuine feel. This took a lot of practice and I was honored to learn these from my west end costar.
What got you started in music and martial arts?
Music has always been my passion. I aspired to be a singer at a young age. According to my parents I enjoyed stealing the stage at a young age and singing my lungs out. With martial arts it was pretty much the same. Fighting was play. Dad didn’t have a son so he trained my sister and me in fighting and blocking and kicking very early on.
Do you prefer singing or fighting and what do you enjoy about each?
I love both. Fighting is a great way to let go of tensions and stresses from every day life and it gives me a sense of security. Singing gives me the ability to express myself and connect with other people at an emotional level. They have equal importance in making up who I am today.
At the moment, do you have any plans to come up with a singing martial artist character?
Haha! A martial arts musical would be fun… although the only song I can think of that’s appropriate would be Kung Fu Fighting. Perhaps I’ll consider writing one someday. It would be a Stephen Chow comedy.
What are you enjoying most about playing Shado?
I love her character! It’s not every day you can play a lady who can hold herself equally to the strongest male counterparts.
How do you prepare for your role on Arrow?
I train with dad still in fighting… focusing more on blocking and falling for stunts. I also train with Patricia Gonsalves in archery. She’s amazing. I now have my own bow which I practice with at home in my backyard.
With the success of Arrow and other television shows and movies based on comic books, what do you see as the reason for their success?
Everyone wants to believe in the hero that exists inside them. I certainly do.
Can you give us any hints about what’s coming up on Arrow?
More superheroes and powers + pirates on the island = hair raising excitement.
‘Arrow’ can be seen on the CW on Wednesday nights at 8.7/C