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Jake Choi (born January 14)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as series regular Miggy on the 2018 ABC comedy Single Parents.[2][3] He previously starred in Front Cover, an LGBTQ independent film for which he was nominated Best Actor at the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival.[4]

Jake Choi
Born
Queens, New York, New York
NationalityKorean American
Alma materYonsei University
OccupationActor
Years active2010-present
Known forFront Cover, Single Parents

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Early life and educationEdit

Choi was born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, New York.[5] He is Korean American.[6] During high school he played in the AAU.[5] After graduating, he moved to South Korea to play basketball at Yonsei University, and subsequently played in the Korean Basketball League.[6][7] He returned to the States and pursued acting, taking classes at Lee Strasberg Institute before dropping out due to the expense.[5][7]

CareerEdit

In 2015, Choi played his first lead role as Ryan in the independent film Front Cover, an LGBTQ romantic comedy that featured two Asian male leads.[8][9][10] Choi's performance received positive critical reviews.[11] According to Sheri Linden at The Hollywood Reporter: "Chen’s career-driven Ning defies easy labels, but ultimately the movie is about Ryan’s transformation, one that Choi deftly conveys."[12]

Choi has appeared in guest roles on several television shows since 2015, including Broad City, Younger, and Hawaii 5-0.[5] He played a recurring role on HBO's Succession in 2018.[13]

Choi was cast as a series regular on the fall 2018 ABC pilot Single Parents in the role of Miggy, a 20-year-old single dad.[13][14] In mid-October, ABC ordered a full 22-episode season.[15] The show is ABC's third ranked sitcom.[10]

As of January 2019, he has a recurring role on EastSiders, a Netflix dark comedy.[16] Choi is slated to play a supporting role in the upcoming film adaptation of the YA novel The Sun is Also A Star.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2018, Choi came out as sexually fluid.[7] In an interview with The Advocate he stated, "I feel like a lot of people understand it better if you just say ‘bisexual,’ which is not the same thing, but it’s like sometimes when people say, ‘Oh, so you’re bi?’ — I don’t even want to argue anymore. It’s just like, 'Yeah — sure.' I feel like the term pansexual is a little bit closer. With me, I say fluid because it’s always changing.”[16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2015 Front Cover Ryan Ray Yeung Nominated – Golden Koala Award for Best Actor
2016 Wolves Gil Bart Freundlich
Money Monster Korean News Anchor Jodie Foster
2019 The Sun Is Also a Star Charles Bae Ry Russo-Young

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Broad City James Episode: "Mochalatta Chills"
2018 Succession Tatsuya 2 episodes
2018–present Single Parents Miggy Park 22 episodes

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jake Choi on Instagram: "It's our birthday! Well since Annabel is a rescue and we don't know her bday, she'll start sharing mine from now on lol which makes…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. ^ ""Single Parents" Is The Successor To "New Girl" We Deserve". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ "Fall TV 2018: 13 Stars to Watch in New Series (Photos)". TheWrap. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  4. ^ "Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival 2017". Concrete Playground. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  5. ^ a b c d ""Asian men in media are so desexualized": Rising star Jake Choi fights the Hollywood odds aga..." Salon. 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  6. ^ a b "The Silver Lining: Jake Choi | ALIST". alist-magazine.com. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  7. ^ a b c d "'Single Parents' star Jake Choi is the sexually fluid actor paving the way in Hollywood". Very Good Light. 2018-09-26. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  8. ^ Goldstein, Gary. "'Front Cover' is a handsome, if wobbly, gay rom-com". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  9. ^ Front Cover, retrieved 2018-12-04
  10. ^ a b Merry, Stephanie (2016-09-29). "In 'Front Cover' a gay Chinese American comes to terms with his cultural identity". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  11. ^ "Review: In 'Front Cover,' Struggling for Self-Acceptance". Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. ^ "'Front Cover': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  13. ^ a b Petski, Denise (2018-03-07). "'Single Parents': Kimrie Lewis & Jake Choi Cast In ABC Comedy Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  14. ^ "Fall TV 2018: 13 Stars to Watch, From Jay Hernandez to Madeleine Mantock (Photos)". SFGate. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  15. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (2018-10-17). "Single Parents Gets Full-Season Order". TVLine. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  16. ^ a b "Jake Choi's Coming Out Was a Happy Accident". www.advocate.com. 2019-01-08. Retrieved 2019-01-09.

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