TBT: Top 5 Favorite Talk Show Moments with Asian Stars


1. Steven Yeun talks about dating.

In this adorable 2012 clip, Yeun talks about his thoughts on dating. Hopefully, he still doesn’t think 20 steps ahead.

“I’m like not normal and I really think like 18, 20 steps ahead,” Yeun admitted. “So it’s like, ‘Oh my god that girl is so cute, I would love to date her. Wait a minute what will happen when we’re on our marriage and on our second child and she says, ‘Hey, can you cook me some spaghetti? I’m really tired,’ and I’m like, ‘Sure I’ll cook you some spaghetti,’ and I bring the spaghetti and she says, ‘This tastes like crap’ and she throws the fork on the ground. And you’re like, ‘I don’t want that,’ so… no thanks.

“You’re going to be destined for a lonely life if you keep thinking that way,” Conan remarked.

But that didn’t seem to faze Yeun who simply responded, “It’s gonna be good, I have…so many comic books.”


2. Sandra Oh talks about her parents’ adjusting to her wanting to be an actress.

Sandra Oh was just as glamorous in 2007 as she is now! At this point, Oh was already an established star in her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, but she talked about how important education is to her family and how the rest of her relatives have Master’s degrees. She points out that when she first came to Los Angeles with the intention of becoming an actress, it took time for her parents to come to terms with it. Their fundamental question was how much this career could contribute to society, asking her “What is the social purpose of what you’re doing? What are you helping society with?”


3. Aziz Ansari talks about handling bullies on Conan.

During this talk show interview, Aziz Ansari first hilariously wonders about the mysteries of online dating by discussing that his friend found a wife online while he just found nuggets from Wendy’s.

He then goes on to discuss a documentary on bullying and his work with an anti-bullying charity. Despite his light-hearted approach and jokes in-between, he mentions an aspect of bullying that’s concerning: bullying today has, if anything, become more specific and elaborate and should be addressed.

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4. Mindy Kaling talks about backhanded compliments.

In this interview with Jimmy Kimmel, Mindy Kaling talks about how she is sometimes the recipient of a lot of backhanded compliments. “People are like, ‘It’s so nice that Mindy Kaling doesn’t need to subscribe to the ideals of beauty that other people do’ and I’m like, ‘I do subscribe…’ or ‘It’s so refreshing that Mindy feels comfortable to let herself go and be a fat sea monster,'” Kaling jokes. She mentions that she does run and work out, and that “it takes effort to look like a normal/chubby woman.”

At the same time, she acknowledges the good sides of being a role model on her show by being average-sized and having a consistent love life along with a satisfying career and social life.


5. Jackie Chan talks about his adorable socks and sings “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.”

Jackie Chan cheekily points out how no one would ever walk up to Robert DeNiro and shout his name along with a series of kung-fu moves, and yet that’s how Chan is usually greeted. Ultimately, Chan gamely pokes fun at his own accent when calling an operator for Pinkberry, teaches Ellen some Chinese, and displays his singing chops!

 

 

Know any more talk show moments that should be on this list? Let us know!

 

Steven Yeun and Sandara Park Team Up For Hilarious Mini Web Series

 

We never thought we’d see The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun and 2NE1’s Sandara Park — two of our favorites — collaborating together. So you can imagine our excitement when we discovered that the two were acting as a couple for the BeFUNNY mini web series, “What’s Eating Steven Yeun?” Was there squealing and jumping for joy involved? Possibly.

BeFUNNY studios works to bring together Asian American celebrities from Hollywood and Asian celebrities from all over Asia. In our opinion, they couldn’t have picked a better duo. After all, Yeun has openly discussed the lack of roles available for Asian Americans and how he’s bent on changing that.

“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap during an interview in July. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.”

 

 

Rather than sit and sulk about the circumstances, Yeun decided to do something about it by writing and producing his own projects which will offer better roles to Asian actors. Yeun is working on an adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang, which focuses on life inside of a North Korean concentration camp, as well as some cartoons and comedies like this mini web series.

“What’s Eating Steven Yeun?”  follows Yeun as he decides to leave his career in America to enter the next chapter in his life and become a South Korean idol. The hilarious web series shows that this transition may not be as easy as Yeun expected.

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Check out all three episodes below!

 

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Steven Yeun On How Korean Parents React To A Career In Acting

 

Steven Yeun recently went on Ellen as a first-time guest to promote the return of The Walking Dead. During his interview, he talked about his parents as well as the blood poisoning injury he received on set.

After Yeun admitted that The Walking Dead was his second audition ever in L.A., Ellen asked the Korean American actor if his parents approved of his decision to pursue acting as a career.

“No, my parents are Korean, and traditionally, that first generation of Korean Americans aren’t too happy with the little curveball that you throw them when you’re a kid,” said Yeun. Although his parents weren’t happy with his decision at first, Yeun told Ellen that they were now proud of him as an actor and would even give him advice about the entertainment industry.

“My dad wanted me to wear a suit everywhere I went,” Yeun said, adding that his father would tell him to wear a suit, even when he would go out to buy oranges. “He’s like, ‘You should get a suit … what if they get you and then you’re not in a suit? Then you look stupid.’”

 

Later in the interview, Yeun talked about how he got blood poisoning after performing a stunt where he falls and lands on his arm. When his arm started to bleed, he wiped off the blood and thought nothing of it until his arm swelled the next morning. As a result, he had to get a steroid shot and an antibiotic shot in the buttocks.

“And the nurse, she said I had a very taut tushy. I’ve been doing squats,” Yeun said.

“What a wonderful compliment,” Ellen responded. “I love when they compliment your butt right before they put a shot inside of you.”

The Walking Dead‘s fifth season will premiere October 12 on AMC.

 

–STORY BY REERA YOO
This story was originally published on iamkoream.com 

 

Top Stories: Why We Love Steven Yeun From “The Walking Dead” & Kimiko Glenn From “Orange is The New Black”

 

 

Here are our Top 5 stories of the month!

 

 

 


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1. Top 5 Reasons We Love Glenn from “The Walking Dead” (READ HERE)

 

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2) Find Out Why We Love Kimiko Glenn, The “Orange is the New Black” Actress Behind Brook Soso (READ HERE)

 

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3)  Ki Hong Lee’s Debut Film “The Maze Runner” Premieres Today (READ HERE)

 

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4) “Sorry to keep you waiting, boys” — Sanrio Launches Hello Kitty Men (READ HERE)

 

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5) “The Real” Host Jeannie Mai Talks Divorce, Plastic Surgery, Fashion and More (READ HERE)

 

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Top 5 Reasons We Love Glenn from “The Walking Dead”

 

The season premiere of The Walking Dead is only a month away, but for dedicated fans, this is still too long of a wait. If this Entertainment Weekly cover and interview wasn’t enough for you, we’re here to help. Today’s #TBT is in honor of upcoming season 5 premiere. We’re focusing on everyone’s favorite character of course. Read on to find out the Top 5 Reasons We Love Glenn from The Walking Dead.

 


1) He’s a proud Asian.

When we took a look at the statistics of people of color who actually win Emmy awards, the results were shocking. Needless to say, an Asian popping up on our television screen is rather rare. This is where The Walking Dead‘s Glenn breaks the mold. Not only is Glenn a popular Asian character, he has proudly pointed out that he’s Korean American. By simply distinguishing this fact, he has stepped away from the token Asian character.

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2) He’s the risktaker.  


Whether he’s risking his life to be zombie-bait..
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..offering to be the distraction so others can get away safely…
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..getting Plan B pills for Lorrie (because she couldn’t get them herself, right?)..
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Or covering himself up in bloop and guts.
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Glenn has continuously risked his life for the safety of his group.

 

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3) He’s loyal to the group.

Although the members of the group are clearly not his blood relatives, Glenn has taken on the mentality that they are. He takes care of them, protects them, and shows undying loyalty. [Spoiler] His anger towards the Governor for what he did to Maggie makes this clear. These are the people he loves and will do anything for.
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4) He gets the girl.

No, he is not  the sidekick who’s there purely for humorous reasons. He’s one of the few characters who actually provide love and romance amidst the horrifying setting.

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5) In the middle of death, blood, and human’s being eaten, he bring us THIS.
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Be sure to check out the Season 5 trailer below:

 

Steven Yeun to Create More Opportunities for Asian Actors

 

In 2005, when Korean American actor Steven Yeun decided to pursue acting rather than get a job that directly correlated to his degree in psychology, you can imagine all the people who thought he was ludicrous. After all, as difficult as it is to maintain a successful career as a working actor, it’s even more difficult with the limited opportunities for Asian actors. Luckily, the odds didn’t seem to scare him away.

Fast forward to today and 30-year-old Yeun is now one of the most popular Asian actors in mainstream media. We can all rest assured that he certainly doesn’t regret his “ludicrous” decision to go into acting. “[Glenn] is a really exciting character,” Yeun told Audrey Magazine in an interview in 2010. “As an Asian American male, it’s something that isn’t very stereotypical and really kind of stretched to show a lot of dimensions.”

In addition to his role, Yeun also stretched his career in many directions. In 2011, he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television. In 2013, Yeun was on the list of of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men.”

With all this success, it’s safe to assume that Yeun is drowning in job offers right? Apparently, that’s not necessarily the case.

 

 

“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Yeun told TheWrap during an interview in July. “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.”

And Hollywood certainly isn’t helping. Many Asian films, such as Oldboy, have been remade and recast with white actors, instead of simply opening up to the idea of more Asian actors on screen. (Looking at you, The Last Airbender.)

So is Steven Yeun, the man who took a leap of faith into acting despite the odds against him, going to sit around and just wait for more opportunities for Asian actors to pop up? Of course not. Yeun is taking matters into his own hands by writing and producing his own projects that will offer better roles to Asian actors.

Yeun is working on an adaptation of Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang, which focuses on life inside of North Korean concentration camp, as well as some comedies and cartoons.

Yeun’s drive to progress not only his career but also the opportunities available for Asian actors comes from a place many of us are familiar with: a desire to make our parents proud.

“I think my greatest fear is letting my parents down,” Yeun told Audrey Magazine. “That might be inherent in anyone, but coming from my perspective, it’s pretty inherent in the Korean culture. [My parents] sacrificed so much for me, and I said I was going to be an actor after they paid so much for everything. And yet they stood behind me and they were very supportive. I definitely want to make this a long career and definitely want them to be proud.”

I can’t speak for his parents, but I for one can say he is certainly someone the Asian American community can be proud of.

 

From Comic Books to Television: Steven Yeun Voices Animated Adaptation of ‘Chew’

Steven Yeun can’t seem to get enough of comic books that make their way onto television. We don’t mind though. After all, we can’t seem to get enough of Steven Yeun.

The 30-year-old Korean American actor is most known for his role as Glenn on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Through the show, Yeun has gained quite a large fanbase (just check out the 10 reasons Glenn would make a great boyfriend) and it looks like he’s ready to get even more with yet another comic book-turned-television series.

If you thought Yeun was done with shows that focused on eating humans then you’re wrong. The comic book “Chew” is written by John Layman with art by Rob Guillory and stars a character named Tony Chu. Chu is a detective and a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agent. He also happens to be a “cibopath.” According to the comic, a “cibopath” can take a bite from anything (except beets) and get a psychic sensation of what has happened to that object.

So if Chu takes a bite out of a vegetable, he can see where it came from and everything the vegetable has been through. If he takes a bite out of bacon, he can see the life of the pig it came from. And if he takes a bite out of a corpse, he can figure out any murder mystery thrown at him.

Gross cannibalism aside, there’s definitely a plus to this — the main character is Chinese American. If you didn’t already know, we get quite excited about Asians in comics and rarely do we get to see and Asian lead character.

For the upcoming animated adaptation of “Chew,” Yeun will voice the main character Tony and Felicia Day has been hired to play Tony’s love interest, Amelia Mintz.

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Image of the Day: 2NE1’s Dara Park Meets Steven Yeun

If you’re a fan of both K-Pop and The Walking Dead, be prepared to get your fan-girling on. Recently Dara Park instgrammed a picture of The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun. (Steven, is that eyeliner we see!?)

Sandara Park, a South Korean idol singer, actress, dancer and model, has been a favorite of ours for years. Park, who began her career in the Philippines as an actress, is most known as a member of popular K-Pop group 2NE1.

Apparently, Steven Yeun is among her numerous fans overseas. The actor, who plays Glenn on The Walking Dead, is rumored to be in South Korea for a visit.

“It was very nice meeting you,” Park wrote as the photo caption. Yeun not only re-tweeted the photo, but started following Park on twitter.

This certainly isn’t the first time that Sandara has befriended overseas celebrities. Just last year, Dara gained viral attention after a photo of Justin Beiber kissing her cheek made its way around the internet. Needless to say, fans seem much more happy about her friendship with Yeun.