by RANDALL PARK
I’m currently working on a movie. It’s a great part with a great cast in an awesome project. But there is one caveat: My character speaks with an accent. Now, Asian people, before you light up your torches and gather at my house steps with an angry lynch mob, give me a second here.
I understand that playing these types of characters can be a sensitive subject in our community. They’re often one dimensional, foreign, the butt of the joke. And the last thing we need is another Long Duk Dong. But as an actor, I can’t be quick to judge. Some great, complex characters just so happen to speak with accents. It can be a tough call.
That’s when I ask myself the following questions:
What is my gut telling me? Continue Reading »
South Korean actress Jun Ji-hyun, best known for redefining the essence of “sass” in the widely successful Korean romantic comedy, My Sassy Girl, is set for a return to television after a 14-year absence.
She will be starring in the new SBS drama Man from the Stars, reuniting with her The Thieves co-star Kim Soo-hyun. The drama premieres this December.
It’s fitting that Jun’s first role back on television will be that of a fictional movie star, Chun Song-yi. Kim, currently one of the hottest stars in the Korean TV and film industry, plays Do Min-joon, an alien who falls to earth during the Joseon Dynasty and lives among humans for 400 years before meeting Jun’s character and falling again, this time in love. Continue Reading »
Bring it On
Armed with talent, drive and a remarkable ability to self-critique, FOX 11 sportscaster and Cage Talk host James Koh is a man on the rise.
by STEVE HAN
photos by MARK EDWARD HARRIS
Get better. Fox 11 sportscaster James Koh lives by those simple words, and they may help explain how he became a four-time winner of the Emmy Award, the television industry’s equivalent of Hollywood’s Oscars, even before he joined Fox Broadcasting Company’s West Coast flagship station last year. Koh is Fox 11’s sports reporter and anchor, and the host of Cage Talk, L.A.’s only local sports TV show on mixed martial arts, which comes on when there’s a (free-to-air) UFC fight on Saturdays.
“Every single day, I wanted to get better,” said Koh, speaking of his early years breaking into the broadcasting industry. “That’s still how I am.”
Frankly, the 33-year-old hasn’t been on television that long. He started in 2008 at local news station KBAK in Bakersfield, Calif., working as a journalist and fill-in anchor. Two years later, he assumed the same duties at KSWB in San Diego, until Fox 11 nabbed him in March of last year. Continue Reading »
A developmental deal to bring a popular time-traveling Korean drama to ABC is being spearheaded by former Lost actress Yunjin Kim, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Kim, who is playing one of the lead characters on ABC nighttime soap Mistresses, will be working with production company Fake Empire to develop an American version of Nine: Nine Travels, a 20-episode serial that aired on Korean cable channel tvN earlier this year.
The actress will serve as executive producer alongside three others. Continue Reading »
Korean American actor John Cho has come a long way since he and Kal Penn made their way to White Castle. He’s also been on other treks, including one at warp speed across the stars, aboard the USS Enterprise. He’s recognizable, and for television executives, he’s most certainly profitable.
So why isn’t Cho starring in his own show yet?
Salon’s television critic Neil Drumming posed that question in a piece published Sunday, saying that Cho was ready to “make the jump” from the silver screen to the small screen, with the advantage that he’s already on TV. He currently has a guest role in Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, and his past credits include roles on FlashForward and Off Centre, as well as guest appearances on Ugly Betty and 30 Rock. Continue Reading »