by RANDALL PARK
Like many of you, I watched the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards last month at home on television. It was OK. Not much different from other years. There were funny moments and moving tributes, but all in all, it was just another awards show. I never really cared much for them. I always saw them for what they were — a bunch of talented, rich white people patting each other on the back for being talented, rich and white.
After the show, there are a slew of industry parties. The biggest and most lavish affair is one put on by HBO. They consistently get the most nominations and win the most awards, so it’s no surprise that their party has become the one to go to. This year, since I have a recurring role on the excellent HBO series Veep, I got an invite.
So as the closing credits rolled, my wife and I got dressed, and we headed to the event. Truth be told, I didn’t know if I wanted to go. Even though I got an official invite, I still (and probably always will) feel like an outsider at these kinds of things. I’m not a good schmoozer. I’m admittedly shy, sometimes painfully awkward. I do this because I love acting, I love comedy, and I love craft services. For me, the fun is being on set, doing the work, not all this other stuff. Continue Reading »
Steven Yeun as “Glenn Rhee”
The Walking Dead on AMC
by GRACE KANG
What could be more romantic than ring shopping for the love of your life? Well, for Glenn Rhee (played by Steven Yeun), it meant going out into a prison yard and cutting the ring finger off of a wandering zombie to acquire that symbol of everlasting love for his fiancée, Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). That proposal was one of the few moments of respite from the bloodbath that was Season 3 of The Walking Dead.
The popular zombie apocalypse drama on AMC returns Oct. 13 with its fourth season, and Yeun promises his character, a fan favorite for his everyman quality, will continue to grow and stretch in new ways.
“Glenn is a consistently evolving character,” Yeun, 29, told KoreAm last month. “He’s at that young adult age, where he’s becoming a man and figuring out what life is in this new world and what it means to be a provider, a lover, a protector.” Continue Reading »
Tim Kang as “Kimball Cho”
The Mentalist on CBS
By GRACE KANG
At first Special Agent Kimball Cho may seem like your run-of-the-mill, straight-laced law enforcement officer, but the last five seasons have revealed a layered backstory to the man behind the poker face.
Acting as the foil to the show’s glib protagonist, Patrick Jane (Simon Baker), Cho, played by Tim Kang, lived on the opposite side of the law during his adolescent years before deserting his gang and enlisting in the U.S. Army. This former Special Forces officer may initially come off as dispassionate, but any threat to those close to him could prove potentially fatal.
Kang shared with KoreAm what’s in store for Agent Cho when The Mentalist returns Sept. 29 for a sixth season.
How has your character evolved over the years?
In the beginning, Kimball Cho was still figuring out his role in the team. As the series has progressed, his confidence in the team and in himself has crystallized. He has become a leader, and he is comfortable in that role. Continue Reading »
Aaron Yoo as “Russell Kwon”
The Tomorrow People on CW
By GRACE KANG
Listen up girls and boys, and think back on your childhood — or in some cases, every day of your adult life. Was there ever a time when you fantasized about having superpowers? Well, Aaron Yoo is finally living the dream. After his breakout role in Disturbia put Yoo on the map, he went on to play supporting roles in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008) and Friday the 13th (2009).
Now he’s hitting the small screen with a main role on the CW remake of British sci-fi series The Tomorrow People. Russell Kwon is a part of the next step in human evolution, the Tomorrow People, who are quickly becoming an endangered species thanks to paramilitary science group Ultra, led by Dr. Jedikiah Price (Mark Pellegrino).
Yoo has shot a couple of pilots in the past, but The Tomorrow People is the first to be picked up as a series. The 34-year-old actor grew up an avid comic book reader, his favorite character being Wolverine of the X-Men, which has made this a dream role for him.
“I’m basically getting to play a superhero. It’s kind of everything that you imagined yourself doing as a kid,” Yoo said.
Word on the street is that his character Russell is the bad boy of the team, and the actor confirmed this with KoreAm last month.
“He’s the wild card of the group. If there’s trouble, he’s the match that lit the fire,” Yoo said.
The actor also hints at a more intimidating, threatening side of his character, but he assures us that the writing is a complex amalgam of ideas that will give each character a chance at exploring drama, comedy and even romance. Executive producer Phil Klemmer isn’t interested in pigeonholing his characters into flat, one-dimensional tropes.
One thing Yoo stressed is the strong family dynamic at the core of The Tomorrow People, with the main cast becoming a surrogate family for each other as they struggle to survive outside of human society. The series will explore the ramifications of having superpowers, and how life-changing events can uproot one from the life they knew before.
“There’s a lot of wish fulfillment, but the heart of the show is, what if you couldn’t go home again?” Yoo said.
The Tomorrow People promises incredibly sophisticated fight choreography, which will showcase Aaron Yoo’s training in martial arts — the actor has a second-degree black belt in taekwondo, and has recently picked up jiujitsu. But despite the action-packed scenes and comic book atmosphere, this won’t be your run-of-the-mill superhero-battles-monster-of-the-week formula, early-Smallville type of show.
“[The writers] have decided that they want our show not to have any kind of particular pattern, there’s no formula,” Yoo explained. “Every single episode shows a completely different side to these characters’ lives.”
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Ken Jeong signed a deal to star in an NBC medical comedy project based on his life. The show, titled Dr. Ken, will focus on Jeong’s career as a medical doctor before his acting career took off following the success of The Hangover.
This will be the first headlining role for Jeong, who became famous for his roles in The Hangover franchise as well as Community. Jeong, 44, earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1990 and went on to receive his M.D. from the University North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
He completed his internal medicine residency at New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center and is currently a licensed physician in good standing, according to the Medical Board of California.
Jared Stern, screenwriter for The Internship, will write the pilot episode of the new show, according to Deadline Hollywood. Stern is also the executive producer of the show, while Jeong is the co-executive producer. Continue Reading »