With a hot new series and a wedding to plan, life is busier than ever for Jamie Chung, 30. But the beautiful Real World star-turned-model-turned-actress is handling it all, well, beautifully.
Having spent the last couple of years playing fairy tale action babe Mulan in Once Upon a Time, she segues to the new NBC series Believe tonight, playing a woman named Channing who's tasked with protecting a little girl with special powers. And most exciting of all, late in 2013, she became engaged to longtime love Bryan Greenberg, 35, (Friends with Benefits, How to make it in America, One Tree Hill).
YourTango: Congrats on your engagement! How did Bryan propose?
Jamie Chung: That's a very private story. It was done privately and both our families were in San Francisco [her hometown] with us, not to share that exact moment, but to celebrate together and spend the holidays together.
YourTango: Have you set a date?
Jamie Chung: We did but it's far from now, in 2015. The advice that we were given from a lot of our friends was to enjoy this time. We decided there's no rush, and we have so many of our friends getting married this year. We don't want to take away from that and we want to enjoy everyone else's weddings before stressing on our own.
YourTango: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Jamie Chung: I do. It was love at first sight. We met multiple times but it was never the right time until we finally clicked.
YourTango: What's the key to keeping your relationship strong and happy?
Jamie Chung: Patience and forgiveness, and I think Bryan's done more of that than I. He handles stress really well.
YourTango: What little things do you do to show him you care?
Jamie Chung: I'll leave Post-it notes around the house for him to find.
YourTango: You have a few movies coming up, including one Bryan produced.
Jamie Chung: Yes, A Year and Change is the first movie that he produced and performed in, and it came out wonderful. I was kind of nervous about working with him, but we get along so well and we always help each other throughout projects. It's always really nice to have a second opinion from someone you really trust.
YourTango: Do you have time to do more Once Upon a Time episodes?
Jamie Chung: I think it would be really disappointing to leave the audience with this giant question mark. I would go back in a heartbeat. I am committed to this show but I don't think that door is shut. I would love something to sink my teeth into with that character.
YourTango: Is there romance in store for you on Crisis?
Jamie Chung: There starts to be a moment between Channing and Tate but it's really too soon. And, ultimately, she really has sacrificed everything to protect this young girl, so I really don't think love is in the equation.
YourTango: As busy as you are, how do you balance everything?
Jamie Chung: It's finding the juggle line of what's business and what's personal. You need to make the effort to make things work. Yes, work is a priority but ultimately my relationship is the No. 1 priority — my family and Bryan.
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