YAYA YING RHATHAPHONGAM , plays Ryan Gosling’s girl, in the film
“ I want to be the first Thai actress to act in Hollywood ! ”
Also attending the New York premiere of ‘Only God Forgives’, is Thai actress, Yaya Ying Rhathaphongam, who plays Ryan Gosling’s girl in the film. Ying is a pop singer who has released three albums, and her acting career kick-started, only with
‘Only God Forgives ’!
Like Vithaya, Yaya stated that she had auditioned for the film one year earlier than the movie’s actual shooting began. In the interim period, she released her first Thai film ‘Jan Dara’, directed by the master-director ML Dhewakul, where her nude scene with Thai super-star Mario Mauer, created a stir.
In ‘Only God Forgives’, Yaya plays Ryan Gosling’s girl friend, a small role, but she has a few riveting scenes, including a masturbation scene with the actor, and a ‘confrontation’ scene with his ‘mother’, Kristen Scott Thomas.
At the Cannes Festival ,the Thai actress attracted a lot of attention, with her striking sartorial style. Not many could pronounce her name, but Ying made sure her presence was felt. Unlike Vithaya Pansringarm who wants to act in local movies, Ying wants to go international, and make her mark in Hollywood.
Excerpts from an interview::
The Cannes Festival : I never in my wildest dreams, thought I’d be there ! You know what’s scariest about it? That everyone understands cinema so well.
The famed Red Carpet : I’ve done photo-shoots, and walked on ramps, but this walk was something else. Everything is larger than life, at Cannes. I was shaking with nerves. But I kept it all within, and breathed in and out deeply- that has always helped.
Her great clothes : They were Thai styles and Thai designers, and I’m so proud that I got a lot of compliments. I wore a pant-suit by Vatanika, for the morning photo-shoot, and a Thai silk gown by Joe Surface, for the evening- premiere. At the Bangkok press-conference,I wore a leather gown designed again by Vatanika.
Her leg-pose : Did I stick my leg out, like Angelina Jolie,in Cannes? My God, just being compared with her, is awesome!
Her regret: I never got to meet Stephen Spielberg, my idol, even though he was head of the main jury.
The Bangkok film-shooting : We shot from 6 pm -6am – it was totally a Bangkok-by-night movie. But the rich colous Nick has used to shoot them, are amazing.
Director Nicolas Refn : Nick’s so intense and doesn’t give up- I did 30 ‘takes’ for every scene! The only Thai words we heard from him, were “ Dee mak, Au dee’ ( “Well done, do again-!”)
His faith in ghosts : Well, he was trying to understand everything about Thailand, its religion, karma,good and bad etc. For us Thais, ghosts are no big deal.
His ‘Post it’ room : His room was full of ‘stick on’ papers, since he shoots his films, chronologically. I called it the ‘Post It’ room!
Actor Ryan Gosling : He’s funny, he’s a good dancer and even tap-danced to humour us. He loves candy of any kind,especially jelly. We ate out once, at an Indian restaurant.
His girlfriend Eva : She came twice to the sets. She’s small, petite,and looks lovely.
On nudity in films: I have no problem, if the script demands it. To me, the script is all-important.
International plans for the future: I’ve got a London agent, who’s sending me various roles to audition for . I want to be the first Thai actress to act in Hollywood! It’s not easy, as all ‘Asian’ roles go to ‘Chinese’ or ‘Hongkong girls. But I went to Cannes, with my first film – that’s a good beginning, isnt it?
Sahamongkol’s erotic Jan Dara sparks buying frenzy
Thailand’s Sahamongkolfilm International has sparked bidding wars across Asia with its erotic drama Jan Dara, which has already sold to five territories during Cannes.
The $3m film, which is Thailand’s first erotic drama intended for theatrical release, has gone to Korea (Daisy & Cinergy), Hong Kong (Edko Films), Singapore (Clover Films), Taiwan (Applause) and the Philippines (Pioneer).
Sahamongkolfilm executive vice president Gilbert Lim said the film had sparked bidding wars in Korea and Hong Kong and multiple offers in Singapore and Taiwan. “We also have a lot of interest from Japanese and European distributors,” said Lim.
Currently in production for a tentative September release, the film is directed by ML Pantewanop Devakula, who has credits including Eternity and The Outrage, both produced by Sahamongkol.
The cast is headed by Thai actress Rhatha Phongam, who stars in Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming Bangkok-set Only God Forgives, and Mario Maurer, who was recently nominated for best supporing actor at the Asian Film Awards for The Outrage. The film also stars Japanese adult video actress Sho Nishino.
The film is based on the novel by Utsana Phleungtham about the sexual rivalry between a Thai nobleman and his illegitimate son. Thai director Nonzee Nimibutr made a less explicit adaptation of the book in 2001 starring Hong Kong actress Christie Chung.