-Another thing I love is
you’ve previously spoken about some of the stereotypical roles
you’ve had to read. And you tweeted this. You tweeted about these roles
you had to read. Why did you did you decide to
make that information public? -So, when I first started out,
like probably after the time I was going through
the headshots and the name, and trying to work out
a little bit, a lot of the auditions
that we would get — it was probably 50/50, right? Some of it was
phenomenally stereotypical. More than you would ever see
today, thankfully. -Right. Mm-hmm. -And then some stuff was really
awesome and aspirational. And I saved all the ones
that kind of, like, rubbed me the wrong way and I thought,
“Man, hopefully one day we’ll be in a place where
there’s enough of us out there where we can either learn from what that was like
and move forward” or also point to
content creators and say like, “This is cool how far
we’ve all come together.” And I put it in a box
and forgotten about it, and I was cleaning some stuff
out of a closet and found it. And I thought, “Hey, I think
we’re kind of here, right? There’s, like, a lot of people
out there.” So I tweeted a couple of them. I think like 10 of them out
of a list of 100 that I had. And I think it sparked
an interesting conversation mostly about how far
television has come and how cool it is that there’s
so much diversity out there. -100%, like us two on this show
right now in this moment. -It’s crazy on a network.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Yes.
-It’s so insane. -I mean, so, when you used to
read and go into these auditions for these stereotypical roles, what did your competition
look like? Who else was in that room? -So, the audition process
would always be interesting because I remember
there was one movie that I ended up auditioning for, and towards the end
of the audition process, I knew it was
between me and another guy. And I wasn’t sure if I was gonna
take the part, if I even got it. And I walk in, and it was a white dude in
brownface in the waiting room. -No! No! -And I was like —
You’re supposed to laugh at it. [ Laughter ] No, I know. It’s horrifying.
It is horrifying. But I was like —
Your beef as an actor is never with other actors,
right? You’re always like, “Look, I
lied about playing basketball.” Very different than
putting brownface on. [ Laughter ]
Let me just put that out there. But it was an interesting thing
because this guy was a nice guy who was just trying to get
his foot in the door as well. I ended up getting the part, but there were a lot of stories
like that, where you would come in and just
see a whole bunch of things that hopefully wouldn’t happen
as much today. -Yeah, it gets in your mind.
It gets in your mind, for sure. Now, to switch gears
for a second, I think this is very interesting
because I think people will be shocked to know this,
but you have said that you are hesitant
to eat at Indian restaurants. -Oh, yeah.
-I need to know why. -It’s very simple.
Our people lie. [ Laughter ]
Okay? I have food allergies.
I’m allergic to nuts. So, often times I’ll order
Indian food or I’ll go in and I’ll talk to the uncle
and I’ll be like, “Look, I’m allergic to
cashews, almonds, pistachios.” I’ll say it in three languages. And they’ll go, “Yeah, yeah,
there’s none of that here.” And I’ll go, “Can you please
check with the chef?” “Chef? Who?” Okay, you make the food,
you’re the chef, I got it. So it’ll come back out. I’ll take one bite of, like,
dal or something and my throat
will start to close up. And I’ll call the uncle over. I’m like, “I got about nine
minutes to get to the hospital. You want to tell me
what was in here? What kind of nuts are in here?” “Oh, there’s no nuts.
I made it myself.” “But what’s in here then?
There is some nuts in here.” “Sí, only in here
there is lentil, there is onion, garlic, cashew, tomato and –”
[ Laughter ] “Wait, wait, go back! Go back before the tomato, man!
Cashew?” “Yeah, but it’s in the paste.” The paste still means
it’s in there and I’m still allergic
to the paste!