Acting Club
Join
Fanpop
New Post
Explore Fanpop
Yoko Ono catapulted to fame as the wife of John Lennon. For many, she also bares responsibility for the breakup of the most beloved band ever, The Beetles. But, to at least one – she became an inspiration.

Actress ANZU LAWSON reveals how this iconic Japanese-American influenced her own journey of self-discovery in the new one-woman show “DEAR YOKO.” Based on her life, Anzu weaves together a tale spanning years of domestic violence, suicidal ideations, drug addiction and sexual harassment.

Anzu premiered "Dear Yoko" at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in September and will take it to the Binge Fringe Festival in Santa Monica on November 9th and to SoloFest in early 2020.

Anzu is also known for her recurring role as Ashley Kim on NBC’s medical drama, “Chicago Med.” She also starred opposite Viggo Mortensen in the film, “American Yakuza”; and appeared on “The Blacklist,” “Fuller House,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Ray Donovan,” “CSI: Cyber,” “Mom,” “The Young & the Restless” and more.

I recently caught up with Anzu Lawson to find out more about “Dear Yoko”:

Tell us about your solo show ‘Dear Yoko’.

Anzu Lawson: My "Dear Yoko" one woman show is a goodbye letter to my mother Keiko, who recently passed, an 8-year love letter to Yoko Ono, whom I've "yet to meet" and a hello letter to "the real Anzu"…thanks to these two strong-willed Asian women who shaped my life, and made me the empowered female artist and storyteller that I am today.

Why did you want to create this show?

AL: In 2011, my acting teacher looked at me and asked if I had ever thought about playing Yoko Ono. Even though I am half-Japanese, I had no idea (like many still today) the life and the contributions this forward-thinking petite Asian woman has given the world, contrary to popular belief. I know what it's like to be judged, overlooked and misunderstood. Thanks to Yoko Ono, I now know it's my life purpose to tell stories of "women in history" that were the underdogs, who beat to their own drum... despite the odds... and despite what anybody says.

What would you consider Yoko Ono’s ‘best’ quality?

AL: Even though the world still tries to make her a scapegoat, Yoko never assumes the role or identifies as a victim. She will always turn something negative and painful... into something positive for the world.

Any negative ones?

AL: Ha! She is very hard to reach.

Your solo show started out as a movie musical; what can you tell us about that?

AL: It started out as a story/screenplay that I was compelled to tell; for the 1st time from Yoko's perspective, that slowly grew into an all original 28 song Broadway ready musical, that has now come full circle back to a gritty and extremely personal one woman show about my immigrant single tiger mom, what it means to grow up Asian in a whitewashed America, and making a mark as a female artist in post #metoo Hollywood.

Biggest lesson you’ve learned from working on this project?

AL: Every "no" is leading you to your true "yes"; and life is better if you don't look for joy, worth or validation outside of yourself.

And, now just for fun:
Who’s your favorite actor/actress?


AL: I get extremely excited about 'fearless" actors. Actors who constantly challenge their own comfort level and aren't afraid to "go there" like Jake Gyllenhaal, Joaquin Phoneix, Melissa Leo, Patrica Arquette.

What role from the past do you wish you could have played?

AL: I love the writing in TV for women these days. I would have loved to have sinked my teeth into the Golden Globe-winning role portrayed by the amazing Jodie Comer in "Killing Eve." The pathology of that character is so delicious.

Favorite movie or TV show from your childhood.

AL: I will be very upset if anyone attempts to remake "Breakfast Club". I will be very very mad at them. Haha!

Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.

AL: Surprised? hmm. When I first came to LA, I tested to be a Playboy centerfold. I wish I had those pictures now. I heard they're locked up in a vault somewhere in Chicago, never to be seen again.

How can fans keep up with you?

AL: I'm pretty stalkable. LOL. I'm on IG: @anzulawson link and I'm on Twitter @AnzuLawson link and Facebook AnzuLawsonOfficial link

Thanks, Anzu -- and no doubt you'll be inspiring others, too!

For more about "Dear Yoko" visit: www.DearYoko.com link
Anzu Lawson in "Dear Yoko"
Anzu Lawson in "Dear Yoko"
Overcoming The Fear Of Sharing A Screenplay and Making A Movie by Paul Vandervort of LIMELIGHT via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
hollywood
los angeles
writing
When An Actor Thinks On Screen, They Become A Real Person by Christopher Abbott & Cynthia Nixon of the upcoming film JAMES WHITE. via FilmCourage.com.
video
sex and the city
movie
film
movies
trailer
filmmaking
acting
actress
Learn Acting By Studying Your Favorite Actors by Jonathan Lipnicki of LIMELIGHT Movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
television
los angeles
Actors If You Want A Job, Don’t Stand By The Phone by Markus Redmond via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
hollywood
television
doogie howser md
los angeles
When A Movie Is Shut Down On Day 3 Of Production by Anthony Fanelli of Spare Change movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
filmmaking
film set
comedy
One Wrong Crew Or Cast Member Can Ruin A Film Production by Anthony Fanelli of SPARE CHANGE Movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
hollywood
television
los angeles
How Much Money Should An Actor Spend On Tools Each Year? by La'Princess Jackson of LIMELIGHT Movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
hollywood
television
An Actor’s Life Changes The Moment They Book A Television Show by Markus Redmond via FilmCourage.com.
video
doogie howser
tv
television
acting
actor
film and television
audition
hollywood
First Time An Actor Books A Role They Really Wanted by Teri Andrez on the set of LIMELIGHT via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
teri andrez
movies
casting
actor
actress
audition
los angeles
Famous People Who Were Rejected By The Gatekeepers by Robert Lawton (CrowdSource Studios CEO) via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
hollywood
los angeles
audition
What It Takes For An Actor To Break Into Hollywood by Markus Redmond via Filmcourage.com
video
acting
actor
movies
casting
audition
hollywood
television
los angeles
When The Hollywood Dream Fades Away And What You Can Do To Get It Back by Markus Redmond via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
hollywood
television
doogie howser
Actor Michael Stuhlberg On Psychologically Creating A Character for the new movie PAWN SACRIFICE via FilmCourage.com.
video
movies
acting
actor
film
filmmaking
audition
television
michael stuhlberg
How Does An Actor Know They’ve Hit Their Mark? by Teri Andrez (from the upcoming movie LIMELIGHT) via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actress
movie
filmmaking
audition
casting
actor
theatre
An Actor’s Analysis Of A Troubled Character by Teri Andrez of LIMELIGHT movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movie
actress
audition
casting
hollywood
los angeles
The Most Successful Actors Do As Much Work Behind The Camera As In Front by Anthony Fanelli of SPARE CHANGE Movie via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
hollywood
audition
comedy
los angeles
comedian
How Should A New Actor Spend $50,000 Upon Moving To LA? by Anthony Fanelli of SPARE CHANGE movie. Via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
casting
audition
comedy
filmmaking
los angeles
Every Actor Needs To Have An Online Presence by Anthony Fanelli of SPARE CHANGE - due 8/4/15 via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
casting
social media
film
hollywood
audition
los angeles
Actors With Less Followers Book Less Acting Work by Teri Andrez From the Upcoming Film LIMELIGHT via FilmCourage.com.
video
acting
actor
film
movies
audition
casting
television
soap opera
tv
actress
How I Knew I Was Ready To Move To Los Angeles For Acting by Anthony Fanelli via FilmCourage.com. Catch Anthony in the movie SPARE CHANGE - coming 8/4!
video
acting
actor
film
filmmaking
movies
comedy
tv
television
anthony fanelli