NewsWhistle caught up with Ken Leung in Albuquerque, NM while shooting for his upcoming NBC series, The Night Shift (premiere date TBA).
Ken, who starred in the hit series “Lost,” has to be one of the most centered, calm and down to earth actors we’ve ever met. Talking with him feels like getting an emotional massage while sitting in front of a cozy fireplace sipping a nice bourbon – even if you happen to be calling from a noisy East Village restaurant on a busy New York City afternoon.
Reserved and inquisitive by nature, Ken is one of those people who you sit down to interview, but by the end you realize you’ve probably told him more about yourself than anything else. We’re excited for his new series, a hospital drama that follows the lives of ER doctors who work the late night shift.
Without further ado…
The NewsWhistle Q&A With Actor Ken Leung
Name: Ken Leung
Date of Interview: Fall 2013
Age (if you want to give it up): 43
Birthplace: New York City
Current town: Albuquerque
1. What’s the strangest thing that’s happened to you recently?
My voice changed. Albuquerque is a mile above sea level and the air is thinner, so I’ve been breathing more deeply, which has deepened the timbre of my voice.
2. What’s your favorite song? And why?
Iz’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Because of Hawai’i.
3. What’s the biggest risk you took in life?
My first marriage.
4. If you could go back in time and do one thing over, what would that be?
Spend more time with my brother.
5. Tell us your favorite joke:
What do you call a midget psychic who escapes from prison?
A small medium at large.
6. What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I can recite Rocky II in its entirety.
7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever heard?
“Leave the mother.” Since all of our fears are learned, in order to find peace love freedom we must depart from everything we think we know.
8. Who’s your favorite celebrity? And why?
Mark Rylance; his acting is miraculous and makes me proud to share the same profession, if only technically.
9. What’s your strangest phobia or superstition?
I dread being asked “Did you find everything okay?” at the checkout counter.
10. Last, but not least, is there anything you want to pitch, promote or discuss?
The Night Shift, a TV dramedy about a renegade team of doctors who work the night shift in a San Antonio trauma hospital.
11. Oh, and a bonus curve question: Recently we were hanging out, and you were recognized by a fan from your role on Lost. You strike me as one of the most down-to-earth actors I’ve ever met. You’re very reserved – and quite unlike what many people expect from an actor. What’s nicest/coolest fan experience you’ve ever had?
This girl on the subway platform at Union Square, maybe ten years ago. I was living in Williamsburg at the time and was waiting for the L train. She walked up and offered me a pen and a small spiral notebook opened to a blank page. I signed it, we both smiled, and she walked away.