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Hong Chau puts a new spin on the Patty Hearst story in American Woman

Actor Hong Chau joins q's Tom Power to discuss her first starring role in a feature film called American Woman, which premiered last week at TIFF.
Actor Hong Chau joins q's Tom Power to discuss landing her first starring role in a feature film. 22:24
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Hong Chau is best known for her supporting roles in films like Downsizing and television series like Big Little Lies, but this year she landed her first starring role in a feature film called American Woman. It's about the 1974 kidnapping of American publishing heiress Patty Hearst by a left-wing terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).

One detail that's often left out of the story is that the person hiding Hearst was a radical antiwar activist named Wendy Yoshimura. Chau stars as Yoshimura (called Jenny in the film), with the story being retold from her point-of-view.

Chau joined q's Tom Power during the Toronto International Film Festival to talk about tackling this story with a fresh perspective.

American Woman premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last week and it'll play at the Vancouver International Film Festival on Oct. 4 and 5.

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