On Sunday night while the rest of America was watching the newest episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead and praying our favorite Korean Walker-slayer would live to see another episode, Steven Yeun discovered that someone had broke into his car and stolen his backpack.
The backpack contained his computer, camera, book and notebook “full of my dumb ideas that I will never use.” Yeun, who plays Glenn Rhee on TWD, uploaded a photo of his car, back window shattered, on his personal Instagram account and typed out a letter to the backpack-burglar in the caption.
hey. asshole that broke into my car. I hope you enjoy what you find in my backpack. The computer I’m sure you sell to some other idiot. great. my camera is one of my favorite cameras. it’s my ricoh. enjoy the picture that I took on there of all the beautiful people that I love. but I hope you also enjoy the picture I took of my stupid messy room. you also took my book too, you dick. I was half way through that thing…now I have to start over from the beginning. that’s just the rules. but for real what pisses me off most is that you took my notebook full of my dumb ideas that I will never use. I loved those dumb ideas. it was a constant reminder for me to do better. now I gotta write down all those dumb ideas over again. those are the rules. one particular section had some stand up jokes in there. well there goes my 5 minute set that I’ve been working on about wizards, vertigo and chocobos. you’re a dick. but I still love you.
But seriously though, what kind of a person steals from the guy who plays Glenn?
HERITAGE: Korean American AGE: Between 25-45 (who knows with Asians!) HOMETOWN: Seoul, South Korea; currently in Los Angeles. CLAIM TO FAME: Bang plays Susan Sullivan on TBS’s Sullivan & Son, the sister to Korean Irish American Steve Byrne’s Steve Sullivan. “Susan is a competent but defensive type-A control freak who is very misunderstood by her family, especially by her mom,” says Bang. “She holds a one-sided competition with her brother, the golden child.”
My go-to karaoke song: “Hong Kong Garden” by Siouxie & the Banshees. It’s ironic that I sing this.
Last time I cried: Just now as I’m working on the last day of Sullivan & Son for this season. I get so attached to the amazing, talented cast and crew. It takes a village to raise this baby, and now we have to say a brief goodbye.
What always makes me laugh: Harsh reality. I feel like life is always playing a big joke on us!
My go-to comfort food: Depending on sweet or savory: coffee ice cream or kimchi fried rice.
Last thing I ate: Just now, a Snickers bar to cope with saying goodbye. Ha! I’m an emotional eater; don’t judge me!
A guilty pleasure I don’t feel guilty about: I like to watch double features or sometimes three movies at the cinema on a nice sunny day.
Favorite drink: Currently, The Moscow Mule at Bar Stella.
Pet peeve: Road rage, or when people take themselves too seriously.
Habit I need to break: Sugar addiction and emotional eating.
Talent I’d like to have: Singing or any musical ability. I’m tone-deaf and lack rhythm.
Word or phrase I most overuse: Like. Ok. Oh my god. You know.
Most treasured possession: If there was a fire in my place I guess I’d grab my computer because it has all of my photos and music stored. Then some clothes? OMG.
Greatest fear: Being misunderstood … or maybe not being invited to the party? Which I face daily, ha.
Favorite childhood memory: Playing pretend war with neighborhood friends and hiding out in an abandoned yellow school bus that was parked in the bottom of the creek.
Motto: Get up and just do it. If you fall, just get up again.
What’s cool about being Asian: Family values, loyalty and much more respect for the elderly and their experiences. Also Korean is a rad language to speak. It has many words that cannot be captured in English translation. And the food? Forget it! One word: kimchi.
My job in another life: I’d have probably joined a circus and toured the world with a group of clowns. Oh wait, that is my occupation.
This story was originally published in our Fall 2013 issue. Get your copy here.
There’s a new smartphone device from Japan with quite the unexpected ability. A Japanese tech brand named Scentee has released a plug-in accessory which attaches directly to your phone. The device then sprays the fragrance of your choice whenever you receive a message.
Los Angeles Times reports the available scents include “rose, mint, curry, jasmine, cinnamon roll, lavender, apple, strawberry, ylang-ylang (a fragrant flower), coconut, and if you remember the fried corn soup fritters at KFC Japan from earlier this year, the corn soup scent should come as no surprise. There’s also a limited-edition Korean BBQ collection with two meat scents and baked potato. A bacon scent is in the works.”
The device carries 100 sprays per capsule and can be refilled for $5. Still not convinced? Check out this (slightly strange) commercial that Scentee has released for this product.
Even if this product isn’t on your wishlist, it certainly caught the attention of Jimmy Kimmel. After learning about this device, Jimmy Kimmel got a new idea for his “Lie Witness News” Prank series.
Kimmel got a crew to go out with a fake Scentee product and interviewed unsuspecting pedestrians. The crew told them that the phone device was capable of smelling like anything they wanted. Of course, the fake device wasn’t actually working, but that didn’t stop the pedestrians from showing their amazement. Watch the hilarious reactions below.
Viewers simply could not agree on whether or not the 27-minute-long proposal was cute or too much. However, viewers all seemed to agree on their opinion of the following proposal.
This past Thursday, the Today show was about to interview Simone Jhingoor for her work in Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides services to low-income women and their families. Suddenly, her boyfriend Chirag Shah appeared to say a few words. He then got down on one knee and proposed to her on live television.
Apparently, the public doesn’t think so. While the idea of a public marriage proposal sounds nice, just about every media outlet has called this particular proposal “awkward.” The Stir describes the whole ordeal by stating, “Before Simone got a chance to tell us [about her organization], she was interrupted by the most awkward proposal ever. Her boyfriend Chirag Shah apparently thought it was a good idea to show up, grab the microphone from Al, and give a pretty me-centric speech before asking Simone to marry him.”
Bustle described the inappropriate tactic of having Jhingoor believe she was allowed to speak about what she was passionate about.
Jhingoor was duped into thinking she’d just earned a shot to share her professional success and passion with the entire country, giving her a level of professional validation few of us ever have the opportunity to enjoy. It’s a dream come true for any one — man or woman — who’s thoroughly dedicated to their work. But before Jhingoor can even utter a syllable about her job or what she does to help the people of the Bronx, she’s whisked away to hear a diatribe about her now-fiancé and his boyhood dreams
Jezebel agreed with Bustle’s sentiments and seemed irritated with Shah’s “self-centered” speech:
Suddenly, her boyfriend, Chirag Shah, showed up with a rather self-centered (“I moved, MY dream”) over-rehearsed speech that turned into a marriage proposal. Bait and switch, dude.
As Simone realized what was happening, she tried to fix her hair. She had a tight-lipped smile on her face, but she seemed slightly annoyed. Still, Chirag got on one knee and Simone “yes.” Their friends were behind her, cheering. There was a stiff hug.
But immediately afterwards, when Al asked if she had any idea Chirag was about to propose, Simone said, “No! I thought I was here talking about my organization. I’m giving back to the community!” Right. You thought it was your moment — you were excited for your moment — and he made it all about him.
While the public had no problem analyzing the proposal and slamming Shah for his awkward methods, it may be important to hear what the couple has to say. Simone Jhingoor has openly stated that she is upset with the negative reactions and does not believe that her fiance stole her spotlight at all. In fact, the Today show posted a follow-up on Friday with some details about the organization. When YourTango asked Jhingoor to comment on the negative backlash to the proposal, she says:
I am unhappy about the recent backlash that was received from my on-air engagement to Chirag. He does not deserve to be labeled self-centered on feminist websites like Jezebel critiquing the entire experience when he is the most thoughtful person I know. I am moved by the beautiful proposal he arranged out of a genuine intention to make me happy. All of my close friends and family members cried when they saw it because of how sweet it was. My time on the show was never supposed to be about my work as it was about a proposal Chirag wanted to surprise me with on our four-year anniversary. Also, I am generally a very calm and centered person, which is a result of much of the personal change work that I have engaged in. It was disappointing for people to apply their own lens and cultural biases to interpret that I was pissed off and upset about not getting to speak about my work. Plus, Chirag has always been supportive of my social change work and activism, which is what I love about him.
Watch the proposal for yourself and tell us what you think.
This past Sunday night, The Walking Dead fans were glued to their screen to watch the much-anticipated season 4 premiere. AMC reported that this premiere broke the series record with 16.1 million viewers.
Of course, we were most excited to see our favorite character, Glenn, continue with his on-screen romance. Actor Steven Yeun mentioned there would be “more loving, less shoving” and true his word, the episode was filled with Glenn’s worry over Maggie’s well-being.
But if you’re like us and didn’t think one episode was enough Steven Yeun, then you’re in luck. The Korean actor made an appearance on Conan and divulged quite a bit of information about his personal life. If you thought our list of 5 Reasons We Love Glenn was not enough, how about some reasons to love Steven Yeun?
During one portion of the interview, Yeun revealed which of his body parts he was uncomfortable with. Can you guess what it is?
That would be his abnormally small nipples. At least he thinks they are. During the interview, he claims that while most men have quarter-sized nipples, he has maybe half a dime. Check out the hilarious conversation below:
Yeun also talked about very unfortunate outcomes of his film location. Even more horrifying than walkers, he describes finding a tick latched onto a very unfortunate body part. “I had a guy… on my guy.” says Yeun.
Finally, Yeun goes against his character’s natural instinct. While Glenn has proven to be a survivor, Yeun has other plans. He claims that if zombies/walkers were to take over, he would just get bit. He reasons that the experience may very well be orgasmic.
This past Sunday’s episode of Once Upon A Time was groundbreaking for both the show and for the history of television itself.
Once Upon A Time is an ABC drama series which takes actual characters from fairy tales and throws them into the “real world” after having lost their memories of their life in the fairy tale world. Who can forget our excitement when we discovered that Mulan would be a character on the popular show and that Audrey’s Fall 2012 covergirl Jamie Chung would be the actress to play her.
Recently, the show revealed some attention-grabbing news about our favorite Once Upon A Time character: the iconic Disney princess is bisexual.
[Spoiler Alert] In the show, Mulan is advised to tell the person she loves about her feelings before it is too late. She then rushes back to Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora. At this point, many viewers expected a confession of love for Prince Phillip. After all, in the previous season, she showed all signs of emotions for him. The show even toys with us and has Mulan ask for Phillip upon her arrival.
Feelings are finally revealed when Mulan admits that the person she wants to speak with is Aurora, not Phillip. Unfortunately, Mulan never does get to confess her love. Aurora reveals that she and Phillip are expecting a child which leads Mulan to decide on the spot that she will join Robin Hood’s band.
The internet is buzzing with reactions to this reveal in sexuality. Some are claiming that they were pushing for it all along and others claim it is not the right angle for a Disney princess. Entertainment Weekly applauded the plot twist and the tasteful way in which Once Upon A Time revealed her sexuality:
This makes Mulan’s attraction to Aurora a pretty huge milestone. Given both characters’ ultra-heteronormative histories — and a general lack of LGBT characters in Disney properties — this twist is an even bigger deal. Remember, too, that Aurora isn’t the first recipient of Mulan’s unrequited love; back in the beginning of season 2, the warrior maiden had a thing for Aurora’s own Twue Wuv, Prince Phillip. That means Mulan isn’t simply a lesbian — she’s bisexual, not to mention one of the few bisexual characters on TV whose orientation isn’t a ready-made punchline. (Looking at you, Glee.)
TL;DR: Mulan’s big moment was pretty awesome, and we should all be impressed with Jane Espenson for somehow managing to queer up a figure included in the Disney Princess lineup… without even making her sexuality into some giant, character-defining thing.
This story was originally published in our Spring 2011 issue. Get your copy here. Story by Janice Jann
Our America (OWN) |Lisa Ling, 37, brings the glorious melting pot of America to television in her new investigative series, Our America, on the Oprah Winfrey Network, airing Wednesdays at 10 pm. Here, the seasoned journalist gives us the scoop on her new gig.
Audrey Magazine: What is Our America about? Lisa Ling: I grew up as an Asian American, a Chinese American, not feeling like I fit into any culture. This series is kind of a window into who we are as Americans.
AM: You’ve reported all over the world. Why focus on America now? LL: I worked in so many different parts of the world, but I found myself fascinated by things that were happening in our own backyards.
AM: Do you think Our America covers lighter topics than your previous shows? LL: [The National Geographic shows] are fascinating to do, but I believe these shows have more heart than anything I’ve ever done. No matter the topic, we feature people who ultimately came from a mother who love him or her. That’s something I keep in the back of my mind.
AM: I’ve heard that faith is something you tackle in this series. LL: It is. I think a lot comes out of the fact that I’ve been searching for a long time. I have seen a lot that made me question God. But what my husband helped me realize — he’s a man of strong faith — is God works in everyone and if you are questioning where God is, then it’s a sign that maybe God wants to work in you to try to be a light. I’m fascinated by this topic. I can’t stop thinking about it.
AM: What’s cool about OWN? LL: There’s a lot of heart behind every show that is being produced and I’ve never had that experience working in TV before. It’s really unique.
1) He’s a proud Asian When we took a look at the statistics of people of color who actually win Emmy awards, theresults 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.
2) He’s the risktaker
Whether he’s risking his life to be zombie-bait..
..offering to be the distraction so others can get away safely…
..getting Plan B pills for Lorrie (because she couldn’t get them herself, right?)..
Or covering himself up in bloop and guts.
Glenn has continuously risked his life for the safety of his group.
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.
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.
5) In the middle of death, blood, and human’s being eaten, he bring us THIS.
Be sure to check out the Season 4 premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead this Sunday.
If there’s one thing to be happy about amidst the walker-infested, death-stained world of AMC’s The Walking Dead, that would be the growing love of Glenn and Maggie. Who didn’t cheer when Maggie caught Glenn off guard in Season 2 by offering her.. love in an abandoned pharmacy?
So how does a couple maintain a relationship in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Glenne decides the best route would be marriage. In the end of Season 3, Glenn presents Maggie with a ring (stolen off of a zombie of course). But how will this play out in Season 4 which premieres on October 13th? We asked the same thing.
Actor Steven Yeun and co-star Lauren Cohan gave Entertainment Weekly some inside information about the two lovebirds. Cohan jokes that as soon as Herschel, Maggie’s father, gets ordained online, he will be the one to marry them.
Not missing a beat, Steven Yeun sums up whats to come in Season 4 with, “more loving, less shoving.” Check out the interview for yourself:
Recently a video of a baboon holding on to a TV reporter’s breast has gone viral. Fox40 reporter, Sabrina Rodriguez, was the unfortunate individual to experience the awkward ordeal.
The 29-year-old Sacramento reporter, who is Japanese and Puerto Rican, was covering a local harvest festival and was joined by a baboon named Mickey. Within seconds of his introduction, as if he knew when cameras started rolling, he stood up and placed his hand on Rodriguez’s breast.
Rodriguez proved to be quite the professional. “He’s trying to cop a little bit of a feel.” she joked. Even when Mickey didn’t move his hand away, Rodriguez continued with the report which is a much different reaction than many of us may have had. Admittedly, I wouldn’t have been able to keep a straight face.
After the report, Rodriguez was asked if Mickey’s toothy expression was anger or if he was smiling. Rodriguez responded, “I’m gonna go with smiling.”
Audrey Magazine is an award-winning national publication that covers the Asian experience from the perspective of Asian American women. Audrey covers the latest talent and trends in entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.