Elodie Yung admits that she’s not good at housekeeping, but that’s not why she was hired to star in a series called “The Housekeeper”.
The actress could relate to someone who is trying to find a place for herself in another country. Born in France, Yung found it too difficult to find work. She moved to England, then to the United States, and found open doors.
“I was able to show my craft here in America, which was unfortunately more limited in my own country,” she says. “I still have hope. “
In “The Cleaning Lady”, she plays a Cambodian doctor who comes to the United States to treat her sick son. The system fails, however, and she is forced into hiding. Instead of returning to Cambodia, she becomes a cleaner for organized crime.
“I was so happy to land a role like this because she’s a fighter,” Yung says. “My father was from another country and had to make his own place in France, so I could relate to that.”
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Yung’s character Thony De La Rosa witnesses a murder and is recruited by a gangster to hide evidence of crimes from the mob. She tries this “cleaning” business by pretending to be a janitor.
“She is put in extreme situations and yet she never stops fighting,” Yung says.
Adan Canto, who plays Arman Morales, the gangster who recruits her, can also understand that he is leading a double life.
Born in Mexico, Canto says he understood the American and Mexican cultures growing up. “It was almost like the same city, especially in the 80s and 90s,” he says. “Crossing the border a dozen times a day was okay. So I had a group of friends on both sides.
Like De La Rosa, Morales can understand the push and pull of work in two different worlds. “He’s not someone who particularly enjoys doing these bad deeds, but to get to a certain place he has to do certain things.”
Yung says getting such a complex role – especially in an industry that prefers to categorize actors – was quite rewarding.
“I was so happy to be able to be seen for the first time for who I really am as a person and what I could offer as an actor,” she says.
Parts in a variety of US projects have helped expand its reach. In addition to “The Cleaning Lady”, she starred in “Daredevil” and “The Defenders” and starred in the movie “Secret Society of Second-Born Royals”.
The lineup has been impressive in no time.
But, says executive producer Melissa Carter, Yung is one of the worst housekeepers of all time. Martha McMillan, who plays her sister, is also pretty bad at her job.
“We’re not the method,” Yung says of acting technique. “But we learned by filming the series.”
Carter adds, “I had to show Martha how to vacuum. She literally dumped the vacuum on the camera cord over and over again.”
“The Housekeeper” airs on Fox.