Helsing with Jennifer Cheon
Bitmap: Where are you from originally?
Bitmap: Describe yourself in one sentence.
I’m a tall woman that wears her heart on her sleeve.
Bitmap: You have some amazing tattoos. What was you first tattoo? Which one is your favorite, and why?
My first tattoo was a saying “only trust in your blood” written in Spanish. My favorite tattoo is my war paint on my neck, arms, and legs. I got them to remind me of my roots, and that now is not the time to be still. We need to stand up and fight for what is the humane thing to do.
Bitmap: You play Ivory in Syfy’s Van Helsing. If you could play any other character (male or female) in the show who would you like to play?
Bitmap: What is your favorite memory from filming Van Helsing?
Getting to work with our stunt team. I love shooting fight sequences. I just love it! I remember my first long fight sequence. I think I sat down maybe twice that day, but I didn’t care. I wanted to be there. It will forever be one of my favorite days of my life. Seriously.
Bitmap: What life lesson have you learned from Ivory as a character?
She has taught me to speak from a different place.
Bitmap: What do you enjoy most about acting?
Everything. Absolutely everything. From the psychology of it, all the way to the costumes.
Bitmap: As an actress, what has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
I think I’m still working on the hardest part. That’s the thing about the business of acting and Hollywood. I find that when you haven’t been born into it, or have anyone like you already in the main pool of actors, you have to make your own lane. Some people may not understand what your lane is, so it’s a bit of a battle to get people to see who I am.
Bitmap: What influential person in the entertainment industry would you love to work with given the chance?
Bitmap: You are obviously very experienced in front of a camera. What does you modeling background look like?
I started modeling at a really young age, as most do. I got to walk in some pretty amazing shows, did some traveling. It was the best of times and the worst of times.
Bitmap: How do you stay positive in a career where it’s common to hear a thousand ‘no’s before you hear a ‘yes’?
To be honest, it’s always a constant conscious decision for me to stay positive. Some days I want to punch positive in the face, but as I get older I find that positivity is more of a decision you have to make. Sometimes a 100 times a day. Some days it’s easier than others. Other tools I use are Mauy Thai, Boxing, and last but not least, my dog. Nothing like the love of a dog to turn any crap day into a good one.
Bitmap: You experienced instances of bulling growing up. What advice would you give to those who as going through the same thing?
Art, get into it. You don’t have to become a world renowned artist, but let that hurt and pain out through music or paint or clay etc. If that still intimidates you then go to galleries, look at art online, or at the book store.
Bitmap: You’ve worked with a few charities and non-profits. What is the most important thing you have taken away from your work as a philanthropist
Good people are out there--People that want to make changes. I want to give love to people who need it.
Bitmap: You live a very active lifestyle, what’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
I can almost say every weekend the dog, my husband and I like to hike. I’m a farm girl at heart so being at my folks farm or in the mountains when I’m in Vancouver is where I like to be.
Bitmap: Describe your ideal vacation to unwind after filming.
Beach. Give me blue clear water, sand, and tequila.
Bitmap: What are some of your hidden talents?
Well, I can sing. I’m no Mariah Carey, but I do love to sing. It’s also where I kind of started as well.
Bitmap: Where would you like to see you career in 5 year?
Oh man... Still here, I just want to stay an employed actor. Hopefully getting to explore my other passions in the industry like directing. I am also trying to start up a non-profit organization, so right now I’m looking to see where I can help the most.
Bitmap: You are married to Director Jesse Warn, would you both consider working together in the future?
Yeah, I think it would be a lot of fun to work with him.
Bitmap: If you weren’t an actress or in the entertainment field, what career could you see yourself pursuing?
Bitmap: If you walked away from the entertainment industry today, what would be the biggest lesson you would take away?
Don’t take the no’s personally.