Randall Park Channels His Political Side on HBO’s ‘Veep’
Author: Julie Ha
Posted: September 25th, 2013
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , September 2013
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Photo courtesy of Randall Park.

Randall Park as Governor Danny Chung”

Veep on HBO

Actor-comedian Randall Park, who played “Asian Jim” on The Office to hilarious effect and whom you may also recognize from his KoreAm column, is getting to show his political side, so to speak, with his latest role, playing Gov. Danny Chung on HBO’s Veep.

The comedy series, set in the office of U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, was inspired by show creator Armando Iannucci’s previous political satires, like the Oscar-nominated In the Loop

Park spoke with KoreAm about his work on the Emmy-nominated Veep, which has been renewed for a 10-episode third season to air in 2014.

How would you describe your character, Gov. Danny Chung, and what real-life politicians might you liken him to?
Danny Chung is the young, ambitious governor of Minnesota. He’s a war hero, and he does not let you forget it. I liken him to a few presidential hopefuls of late. He has the draw and the drive of a Sen. Barack Obama. He rides the war hero high horse of John McCain. And like John Edwards, he’s really vain … possibly evil? Regardless, behind that smile is a definite dark side. What can I say, he’s a politician. Continue Reading »

May Issue: Q&A With Screenwriter and Playwright Julia Cho
Author: KoreAm
Posted: May 4th, 2012
Filed Under: Back Issues , BLOG , May 2012
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L.A. Storyteller

Playwright and television writer Julia Cho talks about her craft, the mysteries of Los Angeles and her latest project for HBO.

story by MONICA Y. HONG
photographs by JENNIE WARREN

Julia Cho may be an award-winning playwright (The Language Archive, The Piano Teacher, Durango), but she is no stranger to TV, having written for HBO’s Big Love and Fox’s Fringe. Now, she’s been tapped to pen and serve as co-executive producer for a potential new HBO series based on the critically-acclaimed novel The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse.  Despite being under deadline, Cho took time out to speak to KoreAm about her latest project, how she feels about adapting a Mexican American male novelist’s work, and why she thinks Los Angeles is a series of hidden doors.

What did you think when you first read the book, The Madonnas of Echo Park?

I loved the book. It was one of those things where I picked it up and I couldn’t put it down. I just think it was beautifully written, and the world is really vivid and the characters are very real.

It sounds like a lot of work just to develop a show—to come up with the treatment, the arc, the characters, the pilot … Continue Reading »

Playwright Julia Cho Tapped by HBO For New Series
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: March 27th, 2012
Filed Under: BLOG
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Award-winning playwright Julia Cho will write a new series for HBO based on the novel The Madonnas of Echo Park, according to Deadline.com.

Cho will also serve as an executive producer for the series, which examines different lives in a Los Angeles neighborhood built by Latinos but increasingly being gentrified by hipsters.

Cho worked previously for HBO as a writer for long-running series Big Love as well as Fox’s Fringe. The Los Angeles native won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize in 2009 for her play The Language Archive.

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