Directed by Shie Guang-cheng, lesbian film Bao Bao aims to explore the complexity of surrogate mothers. It was not only nominated by Outfest, but also the opening film at the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival. The amazing acting work by Ke Huan-ru and Emmie Ries are key elements to the success of the film. The following is an interview with Ke Huan-ru conducted by LalaTai.
Q: Bao Bao explores the issue of gay couples having children. Are there any of your friends facing this difficulty?
My friends haven't had similar experiences. But recently I learned that it costs a lot of money for gay people to have children. It is a very difficult thing. It's an impossible dream for people who earn an average income.
Q: What difficulties have your lesbian friends been dealing with?
The funny thing is that, for me, lesbians are very natural. But I have some lesbian friends have to continuously struggle and prove to their parents that they don't have to get married with a man, that they are perfectly capable of taking care of themselves. I know that they are tough and they look like they are fine. But as a friend, these messages hurt me.
Q: A girl declared her love to you, how did you feel? And how did you feel this time?
It's hard to say. All I can say is that it seemed more exciting than with a boy. It was much more incredible, very hard to describe.
Q: Would you ever be in love with a girl?
I feel like I'm still exploring. I don't dare to say that I am already "something." I'm not sure.
Q: What do you think about same-sex marriage?
I have many lesbian friends and family members. I know that they face discrimination on a daily basis. I wish they could have the same rights that we have. I wish my family could freely share the problems in their relationsips, not worried about being heard by the elderly.
I know that she has never been able to accept her identity. I know how difficult that is. I wish she could have the rights as we do. That's all I want to say.
Q: Would you like to recommend the reader of LalaTai to watch Bao Bao?
Bao Bao is a story of four closeted young people trying to have their own kids in the U.K. It is warm and yet sad. But we managed to make it adorable and humorous. It is the same experience you always encounter when you're looking for a partner, regardless of your sexuality.
There's a very important line in the film: "I want to have a family with you." It is hard enough to have the "you," not to mention a family with the "you." You definitely have to go through a lot of things. So whether you're gay or straight, young or old, this film is for you. In this film, you'll discover the meaning of sympathy and understanding. Knowing more about these people through the movie. It's really adorable! You must watch it!