Ken Jeong in Community NBC [source: Crave]

By , September 24, 2009

Crave has an interview with Ken Jeong, who is the Spanish teacher Senor Chang in Community TV Show. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Crave Online: So were you looking for a TV show after that?

Ken Jeong: No, in fact, I was already on board to do two other movies right after Hangover. One I just wrapped in July. Community, I think I signed on as a recurring and basically, I think in a matter of the last couple of weeks, a deal was done where I was a cast regular. It’s been amazing. I’d seen the pilot actually months ago just coincidentally and I loved it. I loved it so much I actually saw it like three times. I got it. I was like, “This is a fresh show. It’s going to be a hit. I totally get it.” I had no idea they had a part written in mind where it was basically the character, Senor Chang, is in my wheelhouse of moves as an actor. It doesn’t matter what genre it was. If it was a movie, a TV show, a stage play, I’d be fighting for that role. It’s a really great role in a show that doesn’t need me. If you’re a part of a show and you’re allowed to do your thing on a show that doesn’t need you to be a hit, go with that. Just go with that and you will never get this opportunity in your lifetime to do it.

Crave Online: How much Spanish do you speak?

Ken Jeong: I do know how to order a veggie burrito at any Baja Fresh en Espanol. My wife, like I said, does some medical Spanish. I definitely leaned on her in some of the dialogue, some of the Spanish improvs that I’ve done. In my opinion, the whole show, I think it’s so timely in the sense that community college doesn’t get the credit it deserves in terms of being a conduit for education. In this economy right now, not everyone can go to an Ivy League school. Hell, in California, not everyone can go to an in state school, can afford to do that. So you’re looking at a community college, like Chevy Chase’s character, a second chance at education, or Yvette Nicole Brown’s Shirley character a second chance at life, a second chance at another trade. Really, if anything, it’s heightening community college awareness but it’s a relevant comedy that’s just a lot, a lot of fun. I think life, everything in life, not just television, movies or show business, everything’s about timing and I think the show is all about timing. I think it’s the right time to have a show like this.

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Ken Jeong on Community NBC

One Response to “Ken Jeong in Community NBC [source: Crave]”

  1. Sandy McCaffrey says:

    I just got tickets to see him as a guest on The Bonnie Hunt Show!! Can’t wait! It’s November 16th tickets are FREEEEE

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