John Cho Interview DECONSTRUCTED

On a recent Saturday morning, instead of sleeping in and then watching re-runs of That’s So Raven on ABC Family– because I don’t even get Disney Channel–while eating mini-wheats in my pajamas, I got to interview the star John Cho. Cho plays the uptight Harold in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. We went to interview him about his new project, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. Yeah, you heard me right. GUANTANAMO BAY.

When my partner in crime Ankitha and I got off BART, we went upstairs to the streets of San Francisco, and immediately whipped out our map to figure out where we were going. What with that and our huge bag– full of equipment– I’m pretty sure we had tourist status ACHIEVED. Finally, when we found the hotel we were to talk to John Cho in, we circled the building a few times, checked out the premises, and then entered as the doorman welcomed us.

“I feel WAY underdressed” Ankitha said. We looked around at the fancy chairs and the fancy lobby and the even fancier concierge (mostly because of the French name) and then looked down at our jeans and sweatshirts. Yikes. Just us existing was a faux pas in that place. However, we found comfort in one other young guy standing around awkwardly, also with a cumbersome bag and caj clothing. But when we could stand the awkwardness no longer, I finally ventured deep into the depths of my bag (that contained everything from a flash recorder to a tube of chapstick) and pulled out the printed email telling us where to go and what to do and all that fun stuff. We called the public relations person and in a cool, collected voice she assured us she would come down to the lobby to round us up. When a young twenty-something with straight blond hair dressed in Urban Outfitters garb traipsed out of the elevator, blackberry in hand, we knew we were in the right place. She also picked up the other young cas guy, who turned out to be from Rotten Tomatoes (SWEET!) and we entered a long ride in the elevator up. When we got out, we entered a room with what I assumed to be some other PR peeps, drinking coffee outta tea cups and scrolling through texts on their sidekicks.

“I mean, read this text, if she were telling the truth, she would definitely NOT provide this many details.”

“Yeah I mean come on, she must have been high or drunk or something from partying all night.”

Eek. Ankitha and I stared at the ground and waited for the PR rep, who we had temporarily adopted as our mommy, to take care of us and tell us where to go. Finally after a few minutes of standing around listening to PR people gossip and ignore us, she took us into a mini-conference room with a city view, an entire corner of the room dedicated to food, and two large round tables. A few people were already sitting at one, and as the PR lady and the Rotten Tomatoes kid joined them, Ankitha and I opted for the more anti-social one, and sat down at the empty table.

“Can I offer you guys anything to eat? Some fresh fruit, coffee, croissants” asked the PR lady.

“Ummm….do you have some water?” Ankitha inquired.

“Oh sure!” She went to the corner of the room and came back soon with a cylindrical glass bottle filled with a clear liquid. She handed it to Ankitha and walked away.

Ankitha read from the bottle.

“V-O-S-S….Voss? ‘Artisan water from Norway’ Okey doke…I mean what the heck is artisan water?” We pondered the curious bottle for a while, then finally Ankitha took a sip. I awaited a response.

“It’s just….water….”

“Oh…” Somehow I expected something magical to happen. I mean, it seemed like she should have sprouted a Prada bag and a pair of sunglasses on the spot, but I guess it was just plan water after all.

We listened to the others talk as we played Hangman in Ankitha’s notebook and drank artisan water.

“It’s an animal” she said. “But I can’t remember how to spell it.”

“Is it giraffe? Because that would just be sad if you couldn’t spell giraffe.” We both started laughing. After recovering from some evil stares at our loud and obnoxious laughs (mostly mine-it isn’t the graceful chuckle you’d assume), the PR lady got up.

“John is ready for you, girls.”

We got up and made our way to the “suite” as the PR rep had told us. When we entered the huge living-room type area, we saw a gaping window with an amazing view of the city, a coffee table with magazines, and some fancy couches. Oh yeah, and John Cho.

Holy crap. It’s Harold! We introduced ourselves and I asked him what it was like to ride a cheetah, and then we sat down and started dropping our questions LIKE WHAT.

That’s when this comes in:

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW [8:25, MP3 format]

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE

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4 Responses

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