'Paper Girls' on Amazon Prime Video: How Ali Wong wanted to become an Asian-American professor
‘Paper Girls’ star Ali Wong would today have been a professor if she hadn't fallen in love with comedy. The star of the three biggest Netflix comedy specials — ‘Baby Cobra’, ‘Knock Up Wife’ and ‘Don Wong’ — wanted to become an Asian-American professor to have a good income and stability.
In a 2017 interview with The Cut, the 'Always Be My Maybe' had opened up about her interest in teaching. “It is interesting. I was an Asian-American study major in college. For a long time, I thought I would go into academia and become an Asian-American professor, and then I fell in love with stand-up comedy. I never set out to specifically speak about representation though it’s so hard to even just make a joke. I do whatever is first and foremost funny and interesting. Sometimes that happens to concern Asian-American identity, but not a lot of it. But it is something I will always be interested in,” she had told the outlet. Wong is all set to wow her fans as an actor with her portrayal of an adult version of Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet) in Amazon Prime Video series ‘Paper Girls’.
Not a big fan of social media
In the same interview, Wong talked of her concerns when audiences begin to view comedians as politicians. "I think it’s dicey, with comedians, to view them as politicians. That’s why I’m not a big social media person. I don’t want to have an opinion on everything and have people comb through it and hold me accountable. Comics are supposed to be comics. But now you have some comic people turned into politicians, which is cool for them," she had said.
Who is Wong’s favorite comedian?
The actress, comedian, and writer loves Amy Schumer's work. “I love Amy so much. You need somebody like that. I need someone in a society like that: a woman who speaks on everything. She’s almost like a public intellectual. But at the same time, you have to be able to fight every day. I’m not into that. But I do really appreciate that in other people. In my stand-up, I’m trying to do what’s funny and interesting and not send out political messages,” she had said in the 2017 interview.
‘Paper Girls’ releases globally on July 29, 2022, on Amazon Prime Video.