Jona Xiao is the busiest girl in Hollywood. From roles on the big screen like ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ to TV stints, Jona is everywhere. HollywoodLife.com talked EXCLUSIVELY with Jona about working with Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis, plot hints about the new ‘Spider-Man’ movie and more!
You are so busy! How does it feel having so many projects going on at the same time?
It’s surreal. I feel really grateful. I’m just really grateful for the work. It’s like a new adventure, and I never know what’s going to happen next. For instance, I’m currently filming a show called Being Mary Jane, which is on BET with Gabrielle Union. I was brought on for season 4. Some days I’ll be in Atlanta, some days I’ll be in Los Angeles, and I often don’t find out until the day before.
You’re in Keeping Up With The Joneses, so tell me about your character.
It’s an action comedy. Zach [Galifianakis] and Isla [Fisher] are this cute suburban couple and they have new neighbors, which are Jon and Gal. These neighbors — they suspect — are spies. And so, Zach works at a company that does some high level, like, engineering in aerospace, but he’s in human resources. He doesn’t handle any of the high level stuff, but my character does. I play one of his co-workers. What I think I can say is that I’m kind of a pawn in the espionage game. There’s a lot of of surprises that happen and twists and turns in the plot. Even though I know what happens, I was still laughing and screaming at the premiere.
Who was the funniest on the set?
While I was on set, I actually was mostly working with Zach and Jon, so I would say maybe Zach wins by a hair. It’s interesting. I was surprised. Jon is very outgoing. He’s the life of the party. He’ll be boisterous in a good way and say funny things. Zach, he’s actually very introverted from what I can tell. He’s more on the quieter side, but the things that come out of his mouth when the camera cuts I just found so funny. He’s just so clever and his mind works a million miles a second, so I think that’s why he wins by a hair.
So you’re in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Can you say anything?!
So I can’t reveal anything about my role or the storyline. I’m very excited to be a part of it. What I will say is that there are certain parts of the Spider-Man canon that fans have grown to love that will definitely be incorporated in Spider-Man: Homecoming. There’s are several surprises that Marvel and Sony are throwing into the mix, in my opinion, that will be really nice in terms of storyline and different elements that will be included that are nice surprises.
This is third time Spider-Man has been rebooted, so what makes this one stand out?
I love comic book movies. I love the DC comics and Marvel. I’ve actually liked every single Spider-Man. I know not everyone thinks that, but I think what makes this one different is that you already got a taste of Tom Holland in Captain America: Civil War. It’s just a different version of Spider-Man. He’s younger, he’s a bit more sarcastic than previous versions, which I think is truer to the comic books. You get that side, and it’s actually the first Spider-Man movie that Marvel has come on to help produce. So that makes this one different as well.
What can you say about your role on Being Mary Jane?
In season 4, Mary Jane joins a morning news show, and so this is a new job for her, and I’m one of the morning news show’s correspondents named Natalie Wu. I’ve been on the team for a while. I’m like a fun-loving character, but there’s a couple layers to my characters. There’s this other side of morning news in general for this particular news station that’s a little more insidious. There’s more things going on, the politics and all that fun stuff.
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