Randall Park Reveals Thoughts on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Success

By Kathleen Villaruben | 1 year ago
Randall Park Reveals Thoughts on ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Success

Despite the disastrous journey of “The Interview” due to Sony hack, Randall Park’s performance as Kim Jong-un became his ticket to landing the role of Louis Huang, the overly goodhearted father of the lovable Asian-American family in “Fresh Off the Boat” (FOTB). Read on to know his thoughts regarding the unexpected success.

“FOTB” received negative predictions way before its premiere, comparing it to the failure of Margaret Cho’s “All-American Girl” 20 years ago. However, high ratings and positive reviews greeted the staff and cast since the show’s pilot episode.


Park must have learned about the negative reviews before premiere because he was surprised with the show’s popularity. He described it as “surreal” in an interview with AsiaOne. He was amazed that a show about an Asian-American family attracted a large fanbase.

The man of the Huang house explained that the cast was done filming for the whole season before the premiere. Everyone was uncertain if the American viewers are open-minded enough to watch a show about Asians.

“I wasn’t sure how it’d be received because it’s very different from what American viewers are used to,” Park said.

Interestingly, Park had a deeper connection with his character. He was also an immigrant, so he could completely relate with Louis. He believed that “FOTB” was critically acclaimed because of the realistic characters. He added that a family theme is “universal” to all races.

Talking about his experience as an actor, Park admitted that it is difficult to rise in Hollywood as an Asian-American. Like some Asians in the US, Park felt that his race is “not represented well.” He hoped “FOTB” would change the course.

What is next for Park? He is going to work with Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in the comedy film by Judd Apatow entitled “Trainwreck,” which premieres on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. He also appears in the Netflix show “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” with “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) star Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks.

“FOTB” is the television adaptation from restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same title. It focuses on the Huang family’s life as immigrants in the ’90s United States. It also stars Constance Wu as Jessica Huang, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan.

“FOTB” Season 2 has no official premiere date yet.

There you have it for the cast update on “Fresh Off the Boat” (FOTB) star Randall Park. For more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps, follow Movie News Guide (MNG) and like our Facebook page What Movie is this.


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