Dr. Ken is only the third TV sitcom featuring an Asian American family, and debuted its second season on ABC on Friday. Krista Marie Yu plays teenager “Molly,” the daughter of Ken (Ken Jeong) and Allison (Suzy Nakamura) and sister to Dave (Albert Tsai).
Krista Marie Yu shares a little bit about herself, her favorite foods, growing up in Berkeley, CA, and how she hopes that all parents will watch the new season of Dr. Ken.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I like almond milk lattes, peppermint mochas in the winter, flowers, trees, the ocean, and my stuffed animal Stitch. The key to my heart is a slice of mushroom or veggie pizza, fried chicken, and a joke or two. I also really value my friends and family and try to go home every chance I get to see them.
What was it like to grow up in Berkeley?
Berkeley will always be home. I love the Bay area, and I love going home to visit. Berkeley has a wonderful sense of culture and diversity, and the air is so crisp and fresh! Ahhh.
What’s it been like to be in a mainstream TV show starring almost all Asian Americans?
I am so proud to be a part of this show, a show that follows the story of an Asian American family. I’m also extremely proud to represent an Asian American girl on television. I hope doors continue to open for Asian American actresses and young Asian girls can watch Molly and know they can be actresses too! What I love even more about the show is that it’s not just surrounding Asian Americans, it’s also a show with a super diverse cast, reflecting our realistic America, and how I personally grew up. Our show normalizes Asians by just being.
What’s the relationship like among all the actors on Dr. Ken?
Ever since working on the pilot we melded together so well. The entire Dr. Ken team of cast and crew quickly became a family. I feel so very lucky to be working with such talented and experienced professionals, who set incredible examples and prove that it’s possible to be kind, generous and successful all at the same time.
What has been your favorite scene or episode to film, and why?
Oooooh tough question. Honestly, I loved shooting the first episode of Season 2. There’s a realness of trust to Molly and Ken’s relationship that hasn’t been reflected before. There’s a lot of pressure growing up surrounding getting into a college, and how a parent chooses to support their child in that process is crucial in my opinion. Ken chooses to play my TV dad beautifully. I hope other parents see this episode and follow his lead.
Do you have a favorite meal or dish that you like to eat or cook?
Crispy Tacos!!! I love making tacos and I love eating tacos! Pasta, sushi, dark chocolate and fried chicken are close contenders.
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Dr. Ken airs FRIDAYS at 8:30|7:30c on ABC.
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