Alicia Vikander and Justin Chon say 'Blue Bayou' tells an 'important story' about a deportation loophole

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News on

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“Filmmaking and culture as a whole is the best way sometimes to highlight issues like this, because it’s easy to go in and read the news every day, but sometimes it just becomes one after another,” Vikander said. “By reading a book or hearing a song or watching a film, you have an easier time to actually get an emotional connection to these stories.”

Chon’s research for the movie included consulting with immigration lawyers, reading about deportation cases and speaking with adoptees.

“I just had a lot of time to ingest a lot of different stories and experiences that people have had, and integrated it into my performance,” Chon said. “And then also, what does it feel like to be an Asian-American in the South? That’s a particular thing as well. I have a lot of friends from New Orleans, and it’s one of the reasons I placed it in the South. I feel like that aspect of the Asian-American experience hasn’t fully been explored.”

Chon, 40, and Vikander, 32, both spent time in Louisiana before production began to prepare for their roles.

“These snapshots in time, I think, allow for conversations to happen,” Chon said. “That’s very important for me when making a film, to bring up these things, and afterwards for people to talk about the issues or talk about their own experiences.”


Vikander, too, hopes “Blue Bayou” inspires change.

“Through culture, you’re presented a fact or something that you didn’t know before,” Vikander said. “I love when that then becomes the reason for you to go and seek out more information. That’s what happened when I read this script. I did not know that this was a reality. I did not know that so many adopted children have been forced out of their homes and away from their families.”


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