John Cho, 51, stars in Season 2 of Apple TV+’s quirky crime comedy The Afterparty. In this new season, wedding guests become crime suspects when the groom turns up murdered. Cho shares how he chooses his roles, how his immigration story has affected his life views, and whether or not we can expect another Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle sequel.
Would you consider yourself a party person?
When I was going to parties more when I was young … I would go rolling up in a corner and people watch. I remember when I was in college [The University of California, Berkeley], I used to like to take my lunch on the steps in the big plaza there and just sit on the steps and people watch. It’s my favorite activity, maybe.
What factors persuade you to commit to an acting project, including The Afterparty?
It’s a little bit like falling in love. You can have your criteria, but you never know until you meet the script. But top of order are [the] people — cool people that you want to work with. It all just starts with the people, and then the script, and then the character.
Who are some “cool people” you’d like to work with in the future?
The list is quite long. There’s so many people, so little time. I’m running out of years … I admire people from many genres, but one thing that I’m keen to do moving forward is [that] I’d like to work with friends more … One of the best feelings is to return to work with someone that you really love. There’s nothing quite like it.
Your young-adult novel, Troublemaker, narrated by a 12-year-old character, was published this year. Any plans to write another book?
I’m working on something else right now, but I’m trying to see when I can set aside time to return to that. The coolest thing about the process of releasing a book has been the new artistic community that's been made available to me — all these authors that I’ve met. Now, authors are [asking] me, “Would you read my book and blurb it?” That community has been really cool. And not incidentally, meeting teachers and librarians through the releases of the book has been really wonderful and edifying.