Cambodia International Film Festival

Elodie Yung’s Top Tips on Acting

As the 11th Cambodia International Film Festival draws near, here are some top tips about acting from our returning patron, Hollywood actress, Elodie Yung.


Elodie Yung is a highly successful French-Cambodian actress who has been in many television series and blockbuster films. A few Hollywood films include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, G.I. Joe, and Gods of Egypt. Her most notable roles include Elektra in the second season of Daredevil and Defenders, the miniseries based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her most current role is Thony De La Rosa, a Cambodian doctor who comes to the U.S. for medical treatment to save her sick son in the Fox TV series The Cleaning Lady.

Learn Martial Arts

As a child growing up in a rough neighbourhood in Paris, her father encouraged Yung to learn martial arts at an early age and she has a black belt in Karate. Her martial arts skills have been useful in many of her acting roles, but there is a typecast for Asian actors, Yung admits. “The ninja thing, but I’ve embraced opportunities and for me, I will always push boundaries.”

Lying is Part of Acting

At the age of 18, she began her acting career. Yung says she started acting by pushing boundaries with a lie. One of her friends who was taking an acting class told her how actors could book commercials and earn a lot of money. As soon as Yung expressed interest in acting, she was told she would need an agent to audition. In order to audition for acting jobs, Yung created a fake resume and agency. Her natural confidence and talent for performing helped her land her first role in La Vie Devant Nous.

Don’t Be Afraid of Moving

Born in France, Yung had already established herself as an actress for a few drama series and films, but she felt stifled by the roles she played there. She moved to study abroad. taking classes at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts to broaden her horizons. After this, she landed a role in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Miriam Wu. A multitude of roles have been offered to her since then, and she is now living in Los Angeles.

Be Open About Your Heritage

Born to Cambodian and French Italian parents, Yung has played Egyptian, Japanese, Greek, and Chinese ethnicities. It is her first time acting as a Cambodian in the role of Thony de La Rosa. Yung plays a Cambodian doctor in Fox’s latest drama, The Cleaning Lady, a role which was originally slated to be portrayed by a Filipina actress. The showrunners changed the role after discovering Yung’s ethnicity and worked with her to include details of her Khmer heritage.

Don’t limit yourself meaning

As an actor with an Asian heritage and a background in martial arts, Yung still combats the stereotypical typecasting in Hollywood and France. She had often pushed for challenging roles because she felt she could bring a different side to the character. “Sometimes you have to say hey, you didn’t think of me, I don’t look like the description on the page, but here is my take on this character,” Yung stated. “ I have created opportunities this way.” Her determination landed her one of the biggest roles as Elektra in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Daredevil.

Support Film Festivals

Film festivals are a great place to network and discover new talent. “I see the festival here, what they are doing and how they bring people together,” Yung said. “There are places like this festival where artists are going to share their work and exchange with other people who love watching movies.” This will be Yung’s second time as a patron of CIFF since 2018. “ It is nice to know that there are passionate people who can make this festival and carry on. To find support here is very important.”