Former Harry Potter star Katie Leung says her stage performance as a North Korean refugee was inspired by the “beautiful minds” of two defectors she met while researching the role.
“I think that allowed me to enjoy the moment of being a teenager, part of this massive franchise and not really having a worry in the world.
Katie Liu Leung is a Scottish film, television and stage actress.
, the 28-year-old said that she has yet to be cast in a role not specific to her being Chinese.
"It would be really nice to play something closer to home,” she said.
One of the big things for me is, because it is such a secluded place and people use phrases like ‘brainwashed’, you almost expect these people to be like robots and of course they’re not, and in fact the opposite is true and they have their own beautiful minds.” The Scottish actress, who starred in a stage version of the bestseller Wild Swans, has also played an illegal immigrant DVD seller and a woman given up by her parents because of China’s one-child policy but says she is not worried about being typecast.
She said all her roles had been “down to my race” to some extent, but added: “I’ve been very lucky because everything I’ve done so far has been very meaningful.” Leung went back to college to study photography after the Harry Potter films but said her future is in acting, whether on stage or screen.
"If I was given the chance to go back and re-live it, I would probably try to absorb everything around me a bit more." A decade has passed since Cho Chang kissed Harry.
In the years since then, Katie has completed degrees in photography and drama.
Her character ends up in America after being separated from her sister on the Chinese border.
“Meeting real defectors gave us a real insight into the story.
Fast forward to the present day and Leung sits in a Glasgow hotel looking adorably like a fawn caught in the headlights. She has an open, expressive face and animated eyebrows that shoot up like exclamation points as she speaks.