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?Jamie Chung: 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?Jamie Chung: We didn’t play many pranks; we just drank a lot. [Laughs.]
Complex: So there aren’t any skeletons in your closet?Jamie Chung: 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?Jamie Chung: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?Jamie Chung: 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.Jamie Chung: 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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