Randall Park has an instantly recognizable face. That's both because his face is handsome in that classic movie actor way, but also because he's been in, like, everything. He's played a North Korean dictator, Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man and the Wasp, a cheesy father in Fresh Off The Boat, and now, he's a leading man in Netflix's newest rom-com, Always Be My Maybe.
We spoke with the LA-based actor to ask him about Easter eggs you might have missed, Asian impostor syndrome, and how many childhood crushes have hit him up since the movie's debut.
Food is a big element in the movie. What kind of food did your parents pack you when you were growing up?
I was really hoping you'd speak some Korean in the movie. How are your Korean skills?
Do you ever feel like you're not Asian enough? Like, Asian impostor syndrome?
How did you meet Ali Wong? What was it like working with her?
Did you improvise any parts in the movie? Which ones?
Are there any nuanced "Asian American" details that you wanted to incorporate in the movie?
What other Easter eggs are there besides Hello Peril's reference to Yellow Peril and Angry Asian Man's Stay Angry shirt?
Have you actually ever been in unreciprocated love with a friend?
Have you heard from any of those friends?
Did you have any internal (random) moments in your career or life in general when you realized you had “made it”?
What’s next? Would you want to do a Netflix special?
Last question. I watched your Comedy Central bit about bullies and diarrhea. Did you ever figure out how to get that under control?
Note: Some quotes have been edited for length and/or clarity.