Top 26 Ming-Na Wen Quotes

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“Mulan is so important in Chinese folklore – a fearless girl who cared about her family and country so much that she was willing to join the fight and sacrifice herself.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’ve loved all forms of animation.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I love that synergy between being entertainers and having people respond. There’s no greater reward.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’m sort of a gypsy at heart and don’t like to stay in one place too long.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“Growing up as an Asian American in this society, there were a lot of times where you feel isolated or out of place as an Asian. And growing up in White America, that’s absolutely my experience. And I think that’s why I got into acting because I wanted to be anybody else but Asian.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I hope Hong Kong and Asia wants to hire American Asian actresses as much as Hollywood has been hiring Chinese actors from Asia.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“What I want is the same opportunities as anyone to get a part.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’m as proud to be Chinese as I am American.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’m trying to show I’m a trained actress – I can transform myself into different characters. I’m not just an ingenue.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’m not one of those actresses that’s going to feel like I never achieved my dreams and goals and just get disgruntled and hate everything about the business. I’ve had so much fun.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I think on ‘ER,’ my other long-running show, I had some ideas about what’s going on. ‘Stargate Universe,’ they were kind of secretive too a little bit about what they wanted to do, but I kind of liked working this way. I like the surprises, and I like knowing just enough to work on the character.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I appreciate both… for me, I think ‘Star Wars’ is more science fantasy and is based on a lot of great legendary heroes and morality plays and stuff. And ‘Star Trek’ is just pure fun. Pure science fun. And I’ve always appreciated both.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’m like Madonna: I’m Ming-Na. Just my first and middle name. That’s it. Pure and simple.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“Both my parents are chefs… I grew up in a restaurant and was always surrounded by cooks. I love food.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“There’s just so much love that goes into home cooking, and I think it will really help the American family overall. I’m hoping to maybe get a cookbook out one day because I’ve got some great family recipes.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I was hesitant to do ‘Mulan II.’ For me, I felt like the story that needed to be told, this legendary character of Mulan, was already encompassed in the first movie, and I was worried they would try to create this crazy cartoon character out of this legendary character of China.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“That’s what was so amazing about ‘Mulan.’ Here is this story with all Chinese characters, and yet so many people related to her character and loved the story. So I really think as long as you have a good story that relates to a lot of people, it doesn’t matter what ethnicity it is.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“’Mulan’ holds a very special place in my heart. It’s been 16 years since the film, but hordes of fans still come up and tell me how much she means to them.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“’Star Wars’ is on my bucket list. Even if it’s just a small walk on, I don’t care.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“When I grew up in Pittsburgh in my parents’ restaurant, I was almost like a country bumpkin.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I love doing TV. It’s so great for my world as a mom, as someone who likes to have a steady job and go to work feeling secure because I’m with a family.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“Being a sci-fi geek, it was just lovely to be on a show where I pretend I’m in outer space. That’s always been my dream: to pretend to be out in space or actually be out in space.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I was a total sci-fi geek. ‘Star Wars’ was my ultimate favorite.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“I’ve always dreamed that George Lucas would call me one day and ask me to be in one of the ‘Star Wars’ films.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“The ‘ER’ role was not Asian-specific, and my agent knew that I loved the show.”

― Ming-Na Wen

“Mom takes all the credit for my success. Now Mom says, ‘I read your face when you were a baby, and it said you were going to be a star. That’s why I named you Ming – because it’s all about the sun and the stars and enlightenment.’”

― Ming-Na Wen
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