We were a little surprised to learn that Wong keeps a personnal diary. Is he
lonely? "Yes" came the quick reply. But he enjoys his own company,
especially after the divorce. In his spare time he enjoys motorcycling and
playing football and basketball with his brothers. Occasionally he likes to
match wits with his personal computer over a good game of chess.
Though he divides his time between L.A. and New York, he calls New York
home because "New York has a more competitive edge and Los Angeles is too
laid back". But in the back of a New York taxi he adds, "You know, I'm really
In 1983 an agent came from Hong Kong looking for a new talent. A year
later Wong signed a three-picture contract and flew to Hong Kong for his first
film, Musical Singer. He quickly learned Cantonese for the part. Now
he is a well-known actor in Hong Kong. In fact, according to his mother, there
was a time when the two top movies in the city starred Russell and Michael
The Wong brothers' dream of one day teaming up on a film project: Steve
is an assistant cameraman, Bradley is a hair stylist, Gregory is a bass
guitarist, Declan is a professional magician and actor and Michael is already a
Hong Kong box-office star. There older sister Victoria, however, is happily
married with two children.
Wong admires John Lone but carefully avoids naming his favorite Asian
actress. He says he had a better working relationship with Joan Chen then
with any other Asian actress. Christopher Walken is his all-time favorite
What upsets Wong? "Racism", he snaps. He has a one-year-old daughter
with a black dancer to whom he is not married. He adores his daughter and
does his best to support her.
"Being a father really changed me". Prior to that he admits to having been
lazy in going to auditions. Now he averages five auditions a week even
though most of them are in L.A.
Serious fan mail started coming after his appearance in As the World
Turns. But he's modest about his popularity. "It's cute and everything
but I want to be recognized for my acting. But I don't mind the attention".
The Hollywood Reporter said about his performance in China
Girl, "Russell Wong, with his strong screen persona, has matinee idol looks and leading man charms". Wong longs for truly challenging roles as romantic
leads or high-powered villains. His high school basketball coach taught
Wong the importance of setting goals. Wong's chief goal, of course, is
"becoming a well-respected actor". 1988 wasn't a good year as far as
advancing this goal but 1989 has been very good. And it looks like his career
is on the upswing.
That has inspired Wong to set a few tentative goals. He will marry,
perhaps, and live in a spacious, monastic house in the wilderness of Northern California, tooling around in either a Jaguar or a BMW 7-series while working on producing a blockbuster movie with his brothers. How's that for