Cece Charles on Inside the Characters' Studio!

This week on Inside the Characters' Studio, Cece Charles, the star of Cynthea Liu's The Great Call of China.

Chinese-born, Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion—anthropology—and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter Will, the cute guy she first meets on the plane. He and Cece really connect during the program. But can he help her get accustomed to a culture she should already know about, or will she leave China without the answers she's been looking for?

For the record, Cece is a blast to hang out with.

What is your favorite word?
That's easy. Artifacts. Especially when Will says it.

What is your least favorite word?
Objectivity. Not because I don't like the idea of it. It's just hard to live up to that word.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Old, dusty stuff that no one knows the whole story behind. Another time, another place.

What turns you off?
Weird guys who crush on me that I'm just not into.

What is your favorite curse word?
Oh! I don't curse! "Dang" is about as far as I go.

What sound or noise do you love?
The din of Xi'an's busy streets. Vendors selling roasted eggs, the obnoxious honks of crazy motorists, old guys arguing over a game of Go on the sidewalk.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Jessica whispering into Will's ear.

What profession would you like to attempt?
Curator for a museum. No doubt!

What profession would you not like to do?
Anything involving a parking lot and a stuffy toll booth.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Cece, you've just one a million dollars! (Just kidding.) Actually, I know exactly what I'd want to hear but mum's the word. You have to read the book!

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