‘Priyanka is paving the way for Asian ac­tors in Hol­ly­wood’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - An­juri Na­yar Singh an­juri. na­yar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com PHOTO: AFP

Ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra’s per­for­mance in her TV show Quan­tico has won her a fan in Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Ken Jeong. The 46-year-old, who is known for his role in The Hang­over se­ries, says that Priyanka, with her show, is paving way for many Asian ac­tors to make it big in Hol­ly­wood.

“I love that show and I think this brings up an even greater point about di­ver­sity in Hol­ly­wood and peo­ple like Priyanka are paving the way for peo­ple like me, ac­tors of Asian eth­nic­ity, to be stars of their shows in Amer­ica. That is re­ally the big­gest part,” he says, adding, “I ac­tu­ally got to meet Priyanka for her show Quan­tico while we were pro­mot­ing (my show) Dr. Ken. It is re­ally amaz­ing to see her jour­ney from Bol­ly­wood to here. Her show is my favourite. Just last night my wife and I were watch­ing the lat­est episode. I am re­ally a big fan of hers. She is so beau­ti­ful and ta­lented. I think she is one of the best ac­tors work­ing to­day.”

Talk­ing about racial dis­crim­i­na­tion in Hol­ly­wood, Ken feels that it is im­por­tant for more peo­ple of Asian ori­gin to get be­hind the cam­era as well. “In­stead of be­ing ac­cusatory, I look at it in a more global way. We need more di­ver­sity be­hind the scenes be­cause that will in­flu­ence what is in front of the cam­era. In Dr. Ken, I am the co-creator and even one of the pro­duc­ers of the show and that is some­thing which is more im­por­tant to me. I have that in­flu­ence be­hind the scenes and that’s more im­por­tant than be­ing in front of the cam­era. This is a very im­por­tant cul­tural shift in Hol­ly­wood,” he says, adding, “It’s not just about act­ing... that is only one of the com­po­nents of pro­duc­tion, it’s be­hind the scenes, writ­ers and pro­duc­ers. I think we need to be on the same page of di­ver­sity.”

Ken, who is ea­gerly wait­ing for his show to air in In­dia, says that he would love to visit the coun­try soon.

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