Take Out Girl is a new film available On Digital and On Demand May 18, 2021. Take Out Girl follows Tera Wong, a 20 year old Asian girl who parlays her skills delivering Chinese food from her family’s restaurant into a profitable drug side hustle in an attempt to save her family’s business and get them a better life.
The Illuminerdi’s Caitlin Tyrrell had the opportunity to speak with the star and co-writer of Take Out Girl, Hedy Wong. She shared what she hopes audiences take away from Take Out Girl. Hedy also talked about why it was important to show that Tera’s motivations may have been selfless in trying to help her family, but as she explained there is a “difference between intent and impact.”
“I think a lot of people have to realize the difference between intent and impact. Good intentions is just good intentions. It’s a little different from the impact of results that can happen from that. So, Tera’s young, her circumstances the pressure made her feel like, ‘Screw it, as long as I get money, things gotta be better. Right?’ That’s all she’s thinking about and you know when you’re young off when you think like, ‘Oh I can handle it. It’ll be alright, it’ll be alright.’
Entrepreneur spirit, high risk, high reward but it was important to show the mistake because for most people this type of life style doesn’t turn out right. It doesn’t turn out good and we have to show that because we aren’t trying to glorify anything and we don’t want to promote a certain lifestyle.”
One of the unintended consequences occurs with an intense scene where Tera is pulled over by the police during Take Out Girl. Hedy explains that in Take Out Girl Tera uses her ability to fly under the radar to her advantage, but part of what makes this scene so notable is that the officer who pulls her over is Asian American himself.
“So the guise of, the cover of Tera is, she’s really taking Asian American’s, sort of lack of a better word, disability. We’re kind of seen as the silent minority. But in this little niche of crime, in her young head she’s thinking like, ‘Oh nobody’s gonna be checking for me. Nobody’s looking for a little Asian girl, at least in this neighborhood.’ And so, she thought it was gonna be her cover and then low and behold it’s an Asian cop that pulls her over.
And that was played by $tupid Young, who’s a rapper out of Long Beach. And I’ve gotta give my thanks to $tupid Young, also because he’s a young rapper who really made it. And it’s hard for Asian males to make it like that. So, I’m really happy for his support and he thought it would be fun to play a cop. [Hedy laughs] ‘Cause he knows exactly what cops do. And we just want to bring a real moment of just getting stopped into the movie. And it’s kind of ironic that I get pulled over by an Asian cop.”
Take Out Girl is full of intense scenes and unexpected twists. But at its heart Take Out Girl is a story about reality. A reality that many people are living in. Hedy explained what she hopes audiences take away from Take Out Girl.
“That they’re not alone in their struggles and in their mistakes. That not all money is good money. And that there are a lot of things worth more than just a dollar.”
TAKE OUT GIRL TRAILER AND SYNOPSIS
To give her family a chance at a better life and save her family’s failing restaurant, Tera Wong, a desperate 20-year-old Asian girl, parlays her Chinese food delivery expertise into a profitable drug hustle.
Take Out Girl is co-written by star Hedy Wong and director Hisonni Johnson. Take Out Girl stars Hedy Wong, Ski Carr, Lynna Yee, J. Teddy Garces, Lorin Ly, Dijon Talton, Mier Chasen, Lizette Hunter, Joe Rudy Guerrero Jr.
Take Out Girl is available On Digital and On Demand May 18, 2021. Are you going to watch Take Out Girl? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media.