Always Be My Maybe's Randall Park on playing the romantic lead and the pressure to represent Asian-Americans
Randall Park is an actor, comedian, writer and director who broke out in ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, the first primetime series about an Asian-American family on U.S. network TV since the '90s.
Now, Park stars in another project with Asian-American leads, although in this film, ethnicity isn't central to the plot. It's a Netflix rom-com called Always Be My Maybe, which also stars stand-up comedian Ali Wong.
The story is about two childhood best friends, Sasha (Wong) and Marcus (Park), who have a huge falling out in their teenage years. Fast-forward 15 years later, and the old pals reluctantly reconnect only to discover that they still have a lot of chemistry.
Park joined guest host Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe live in the q studio to talk about the film and what he thinks about Asian-American representation on screen.
"We're all human," said Park. "I've identified with people who don't look like me all my life. So Hollywood is very late, but it's happening now. ... As long we keep pushing and telling these stories, I think it'll prove time and again that there's good business in telling these stories. Hopefully, we'll get to a point where we can have one that fails and is horrible, but that doesn't set us back because there's so many more stories to be told."
Always Be My Maybe is streaming on Netflix now.
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