BD Wong explains why he is scared when his characters wear lab coats


    BD Wong (center) plays Wally, Awkwafina’s father in the series Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens.

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    In the midst of a diverse and seemingly endless expanse of films, TV series and other media is the actor BD Wong. His work is like a perfectly set gemstone that catches the eye again and again and forces you to pause in amazement and delight. His appearances are popular, be it on Broadway, where he took his first break; in films like Jurassic Park, Father of the Bride and Mulan: or in shows like Law and Order: SVU, Oz and Gotham. In 2017, Wong received an Emmy nomination for his performance as Whiterose on Mr. Robot.

    He can currently be seen in the second season of Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens as Wally, Awkwafina’s father. The show is based on Awkwafina’s life and reflects her wonderful and pinpoint humor. on CNETs I’m so obsessed with podcastingWong said that “at the heart of the show is this crazy, wonderful actress Awkwafina who, if you don’t know who she is, really has to get on with the program.”

    “Wally wants to tell his daughter what to do, but he also wants her to find her own way,” said Wong. “I have a relationship with that part of Wally. And I think people like Wally because he does his best and he fiddles and doesn’t always make the right choices. It’s very human.”

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    During our interview, Wong talks about Mr. Robot, Jurassic Park and Law & Order fans and his theater career. He also shares that he was cast in the role of a doctor many times at the beginning. Over time, his costumes and the stereotypes they represented made him depressed.

    “I was a doctor this and a doctor, and every time I got a new doctor, they usually just had a different last name,” said Wong. “It used to be a terrible moment to go into a wardrobe and worry about whether there will be a lab coat.”

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