Who is David So? Tell us about your story. Who is David as a person?
Honestly, that’s a hard question to ask. To put it simply, I am a person that enjoys living. If there’s something that I want to do, I’ll try it first before I say I can’t do it.
Where are you originally from?
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and Raised in South Sacramento, CA.
How were you as a kid? How is it like growing with Asian Parents?
As a kid, I was very troublesome. I switched out from school to school because of my temper and aggression, and I found that Comedy helped me deal with a lot of my issues and teen angst. Growing up with asian parents was both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing in the sense that they showed their unconditional love no matter what you do wrong. It was a curse in the sense that sometimes they don't understand what you’re doing when it doesn’t fit their mold of what a successful person, and that in turn makes it seem like you're a failure.
How is it to be a comedian at such a young age?
I think there are actually a lot of young comedians out there, and you just get better with age.
So in short, its been great!.
Do you remember your first Stand-up gig? How was it?
My first stand-up gig was terrible. I literally got boo’d.
What would you say is your brand of comedy?
My brand of comedy is based on honesty and personal life experiences.
Where do you usually draw your inspirations from?
Well, honesty and personal life experiences haha.
Aside from acting and comedy you also have an apparent passion for music and a great love for Brian Mcknight. What are your top 3 Brian McKnight Songs and why?
1. Never Felt this way, 2. Anytime, and 3. Love of My Life; because they helped me get through my very first break-up.
Let’s talk about your movie GOOK. Tell us more about your character Daniel and his relationships with all of the characters of the movie.
Daniel is a representation of a lot of early-90’s Asian kids who had dreams and aspirations outside of owning one of their parents businesses. A lot of people saw stereotypical male Asian characters in TV shows that were not representative of who we were at that time.
Daniel is essentially me growing up in South Sacramento, California. I wanted to be an R&B singer and a lot of people didn’t understand why or how that could even be a possibility. It was an uphill battle for me, not only culturally, but personally as well. I was struggling to find an identity. Although we play brothers in the film, the relationship that Daniel’s character had with Eli’s character was more representative of that between a father and son. Daniel had to go through Eli for approval to do anything, and it was very reminiscent of the relationship I had with my own father. If you can tell from watching the film, Daniel plays a huge role in comedic relief. His sense of humor is kind of what holds himself together and his relationships.
What is your craziest and most memorable experience as a comedian/actor so far?
Probably being on the set of Gook, where we shot in South Central, Los Angeles, and realizing that South Central hasn't changed much. Gook is the craziest experience I've gone through. From shooting it, going to Sundance, and then selling it and getting it to theaters.
What do you think is the key to be a successful Asian in Hollywood and in the Entertainment industry like you?
I don’t know haha I’ll let you know when I find out!
How do you stay funny?
I don’t believe funny people ever think that they're funny. They just are who they are.
What is your dream project?
To be honest with you, I don't really have a dream project. I just have a lot of things that I want to try! Because, if you work hard enough, dreams eventually become reality. And then you move onto the next one!
If you’re a book, what type of book are you and why?
I would be a picture book, because I'm more interested in showing something than saying something.
If you had the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?
I would be really interested in coordinating with after school programs, because they help under-privileged kids realize that they have opportunities outside of what their school offers. After school programs give these kids a place to go, and allow them to be in a productive space. Funding for our education systems are constantly being cut; yet, I think education is and should be one of the most important things to fund.
Photography: IRVIN RIVERA
Grooming: SIFA SITANI