With a breakout role in Sorority Row, reality TV all-star Jamie Chung is about to get Hollywood sprung.
By Joe La Puma, Photography by Marc Baptiste
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Everybody on reality tv thinks they’re gonna be a star, but Jamie Chung’s not just gassed like a Gosselin. The 26-year-old Korean-American first caught our eye on The Real World: San Diego, where she was pretty much the only castmember we didn’t want to see really hurt. Now she’s making Hollywood moves, with a lead role in Sorority Row (a remake of Mark Rosman’s 1983 slasher film The House on Sorority Row), and a series of other projects on tap for 2010. Jamie’s played girls both good and bad, but in real life, she’s all good. We talked to the frequent f-bomb dropper while she was shooting Grown Ups in Boston and discussed girl fights, nude pics, and her love life. It’s about to get really real...
Complex: Did you have any real-life sorority experiences to fall back on when you were filming Sorority Row?
Yeah, I was in Kappa Kappa Gamma at UC Riverside. We would play flag football—that was the funnest week. It turned into fucking straight-up tackling. Like, “I hate that bitch from Gamma Pheta Beta; I’m gonna tackle her.” We kicked ass!
Complex: So it’s pretty much steady girl-on-girl action—just like I always suspected. Sorority Row centers on a prank gone wrong. Were there any pranks your sorority played that got out of control?
We didn’t play many pranks; we just drank a lot. [Laughs
Complex: So there aren’t any skeletons in your closet?
Like a dark secret? I’m on fucking reality TV, I don’t have any dark secrets!
Complex: Good point. But one of your SR co-stars is Audrina Patridge. She’s on reality TV and she had some secrets...until her nude pictures leaked. Do you have any nude pics of yourself?
You mean showing it all? Like beaver and all? Absolutely not. I don’t see myself doing topless shoots. But I’ve done bikini shoots, and that’s basically naked.
Complex: Yeah, “basically.” Anyway, I read somewhere that your friends say you don’t have the best taste in men. Is that true?
I don’t, and I know it. I’m just like, “Why do I always fall for guys that are not into me? They just don’t give a shit.”
Complex: How could that be? I’m looking at these pics of you, and I’m having a hard time believing that.
I don’t fucking know! I think I’m worth someone’s time! I’m worth the wine and dine, at least. And I swear to God, I have the hardest fucking time meeting men. Even at the bar downstairs of this hotel.
Complex: I’ll be there in 10 minutes and I can totally pretend like we’re meeting for the first time.
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