Emii: “Grow A Thick Skin But Still Be Good To People”

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Actress and singer-songwriter Emii recently debuted the highly-anticipated music video for her single, “We Own The Night.” In the video, Emii parodies Miley Cyrus by jumping on her look-alike’s back while at the VMAs.

Celebrity Teen Scoop recently chatted with Emii about her love for martial arts, what she thinks about all the controversy surrounding Miley Cyrus, and how working with Bruno Mars “would be a dream” for her. The talented musician also shared her advice for people thinking of getting into acting and singing!

CTS: You are one talented gal! You sing, play guitar and piano, act and are heavily into martial arts.  Very impressive!  When did the music/acting bug hit?  Was this something you’ve always wanted to do?

Emii: “I was definitely born with the bug. Even as a four-year-old, my parents would take me to various shows and I’d sneak on the stage and randomly start singing. I practically lived at the community theater growing up and knew from very early on that entertainment was my home.”

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CTS:  So you’re literally a girl who kicks butt.  Who turned you on to martial arts?  Is it fun to bring your martial arts talent into your music videos?

Emii: “When I was very little, my cousin Susan (who is a 7th degree Shorin-Ryu black belt) came to visit my family. I remember sitting on the floor in our living room and watching in awe as she demonstrated a kata. I was maybe five or six years old and the memory is still very vivid to me. I began training when I was nine and practiced whenever I could. Even when times were rough, I realized how much martial arts benefited me mentally, emotionally, and physically. Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li are all huge influences, and I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to incorporate martial arts into music videos and film when I can. I also hope to inspire others to become involved with the traditional martial arts community.”

CTS:  In your new music video for We Own the Night, you parody Miley Cyrus by jumping on her look-alike’s back while at the VMAs.  What made you want to do this? What are your feelings towards all the controversy surrounding her right now?

Emii: “She cracked me up with her stunt at the VMAs and I wanted to have fun with the whole situation. She did her parody, and I’ve done mine. In terms of the controversy, all artists express themselves in different ways and I think it’s important to be yourself, whoever that may be. It’s also important to maintain the ability to poke fun at ourselves without taking things too seriously. You can watch the video for ‘We Own The Night’ on VEVO!”

CTS:  You’ve collaborated with several DJ’s and artists like Snoop Dogg.  Are there any other artists you’d like to work with?

Emii: “I’m currently on a Bruno Mars kick, so working with him would be a dream.”

CTS:  In June, Billboard Magazine featured you as their Spotlight Artist while at the same time you reached #4 on the UK Pop Club Music Charts.  How does it feel to have your music recognized like this?

Emii: “I’m extremely grateful and humbled. It’s been a wild ride getting to this point, and I’m looking forward to the crazy journey ahead.”

CTS:  You’re a huge fan of science fiction and comics.  How did that come about? Can you share some of your favorites?

Emii: “I grew up reading sci-fi novels and comic books and I loved everything Marvel, Batman (DC), Star Trek, Star Wars, and so on. Ender’s Game has been my absolute favorite book since I was in elementary school and I’m excited to see how the movie turns out!”

CTS:  Any advice for others that are looking to get into acting and music?

Emii: “Love what you do, grow a thick skin but still be good to people, and never quit.”

CTS:  What’s up next for you?  What new projects do you have in the works?

Emii: “I’m about to embark on a radio tour to promote “We Own The Night” and another single is already in the works. I also have a film project coming up that I can’t say too much about, but it’s going to be awesome. I’ll be doing a lot more shows soon, and I can’t wait to get out on the road and show everyone what I can do!”

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