Yennis Cheung is a Chinese actress from Hong Kong and personal friend. Many of you might be familiar with her as the Casino Cashier in Skyfall. I managed to get some time with her for an episode of From Tailors With Love podcast. Some of the interview has been transcribed below.
I got cast in Skyfall because the casting director Debbie McWilliams went on the actor books and found me when she needed a Chinese actress for a very small role. I went to the casting because I didn’t think I’d get the job but I was lucky enough that the director Sam Mendes thought that my casting was very good.
Debbie and I met in South Kensington and I just went and improvised a little bit with the dialogue. There I was on my sofa just reading and I got the call and then I screamed out!
Back then I was doing a lot of modelling and TV commercials and not so much acting.
For me to land a role in a big film, I was ecstatic. I was really really excited and I want to tell the world back then. I just phoned my parents, told them I’m going to be in James Bond.
My description of the outfit worn by Yennis Cheung
Cashiers uniform with a high nehru collar a nylon dress with some embroidery around the bust.
I remember the costume designer, Jany Temime. They sent me a black BMW to pick me up. I went to the fitting and met her. She measured me and showed me a ‘QiPao dress’, a gold threaded dragon and phoenix. She measured me, because I’m UK size 4 she tried to pin me to do the tailoring and she did poke me a few times.
I think its my fault, I’m scared of needles and I move around a lot. Her craft on how she measured and when it was finished it was perfect.