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Sarah Kal Penn is one of the most self-made women in America, transforming her childhood in poverty in Kingston, Jamaica to become a businesswoman worth more than $100 million. As the author of the children’s book Lion’s Roar, Kal Penn was listed on Forbes magazine’s list of top 100 movers and shakers in the world.
Kalpen Suresh Modi (born April 23, 1977), known professionally as Kal Penn, is an American actor and former White House staff member in the Barack Obama administration. As an actor, he is known for his role portraying Lawrence Kutner on the television program House, as well as White House staffer Seth Wright on Designated Survivor and Kumar Patel in the Harold & Kumar film series. He is also recognized for his performance in the film The Namesake. Penn has taught at the University of Pennsylvania in the Cinema Studies Program as a visiting lecturer.
Additionally, he served as host of the game show Superhuman. In 2019, Penn portrayed Garrett Modi in the NBC sitcom series Sunnyside. The following year he went on to host a political talk miniseries on Freeform called Kal Penn Approves This MessageIn April 2009, Penn joined the Obama administration as the Principal Associate Editor in the White House Office of Public Engagement.
Penn's feature film debut came in 1998 in Express: Aisle to Glory. He has since appeared in American Desi, Van Wilder, the final episode of The Lonely Island, Malibu's Most Wanted, A Lot Like Love, Dude, Where's the Party?, Love Don't Cost a Thing, Superman Returns, Epic Movie, The Namesake, the Harold & Kumar series, and an uncredited appearance in Deck the Halls
Penn says that he derived his acting name, Kal Penn, as a lark: "Almost as a joke to prove friends wrong, and half as an attempt to see if what I was told would work (that anglicized names appeal more to a white-dominated industry), I put 'Kal Penn' on my resume and photos." His audition callbacks rose by 50 percent.
In January 2007, Penn appeared in the first four episodes of the sixth season of 24 as Ahmed Amar, a teenage terrorist. Penn says he nearly turned down the role due to personal ethics:)He has stated that he prefers his birth name and uses "Kal Penn" only for professional purposes. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))
E! reported that Penn had signed on as a regular on the show along with Olivia Wilde and Peter Jacobson and this was confirmed in the plot of the episode "Games". Penn continued with the series through to the episode "Simple Explanation", which aired April 6, 2009. He made an additional appearance as Lawrence Kutner on the fifth-season finale, "Both Sides Now", that aired on May 11, 2009. However, due to his new job at the White House, Penn could not be present for the filming of this episode. The clip of him saying "Too bad it isn't true" was taken from a previous filming. Penn returned to the show for the series finale. Also in January 2007, he appeared in the spoof comedy Epic Movie as well as the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In May 2007, Penn received the Asian Excellence Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance in The Namesake. (Source:
Penn had a recurring role on How I Met Your Mother for the seventh season of the show, In October 2016, Penn began a regular role in the ABC drama series Designated Survivor as Seth Wright, a White House speech writer who originally worked under the previous president's administration. Following the death of the White House Press Secretary in the pilot episode and the acting press secretary walking out on the job, his character gets promoted to Press Secretary.
On May 9, 2020, Penn was cast as a lead on the 2021 CBS thriller drama series Clarice, a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs.
In October 2021, while promoting his memoir You Can’t Be Serious, Penn announced that he and his partner of 11 years, named Josh, were engaged to be married.
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Those who follow and are familiar with actor Kal Penn know that he's an accomplished actor on TV and film (House, Designated Survivor, the Harold and Kumar film franchise), and that he spent two years working in the White House for the Obama administration. (Source: people.com)Kal Penn tells PEOPLE he wanted to share his love story with readers in his new book You Can't Be Serious (Source:people.com))
In his new book You Can't Be Serious, the actor shares the story of how he and Josh met and fell in love when Penn was living in Washington D.C., and tells PEOPLE about his decision to share their relationship with audiences. (Source: people.com What most may not know is that Penn, 44, has been in a relationship with his partner Josh for 11 years and the couple is engaged. (Source:people.com p
"I've always been very public with everybody I've personally interacted with. Whether it's somebody that I meet at a bar, if Josh and I are out or we're talking to friends," Penn says. "I'm really excited to share our relationship with readers. But Josh, my partner, my parents, and my brother, four people who I'm closest to in the family, are fairly quiet. They don't love attention and shy away from the limelight." (Source: people.com)For more on Kal Penn's engagement and other top stories, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. (Source:eople.com)))
Kal Penn and guest attend Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on March 24, 2019 in New York City. (Source: people.com "I've always been very public with everybody I've personally interacted with. Whether it's somebody that I meet at a bar, if Josh and I are out or we're talking to friends," Penn says. "I'm really excited to share our relationship with readers. But Josh, my partner, my parents, and my brother, four people who I'm closest to in the family, are fairly quiet. They don't love attention and shy away from the limelight." (Source:people.com pRELATED: Sunnyside's Kal Penn Hopes to 'Bring People Together' Through New Sitcom on Immigration (Source:eople.com peIn You Can't Be Serious, Penn details his first date with Josh and being shocked that his future partner a) arrived at his apartment with an 18-pack of Coors Light and b) instantly switched the TV to watch NASCAR. (Source:ople.com))))
Penn continues: "The whole point of writing this book was for the reader to feel like we're having a beer together. I thought, if we're supposed to feel like we're having a beer together, then I want to take you into my stories and I want you to experience them with the same joy that I've experienced them. That was the way that my friends have met my parents and Josh, as they've gotten to know them over the last 10 years." (Source: people.com Pick up the new issue of PEOPLE on newsstands everywhere Friday for much more on Kal Penn as he discusses growing up as a son of Indian immigrants, setting out for Hollywood, speaking out against bigotry, making a meaningful detour to the Obama White House as well as returning to showbiz to fight for diversity and inclusion (Source:people.com))
people.com people.com people.com people.com))))Penn says he is grateful that he has always had full support from his family and friends in all aspects of his life, but especially with regard to his relationship with JoRELATED: Actor Kal Penn Reveals Secrets of the White House: 'There's No Late-Night Food Delivery' (Source:Penn shares, "I discovered my own sexuality relatively late in life compared to many other people. There's no timeline on this stuff. People figure their s--- out at different times in their lives, so I'm glad I did when I did." (Source:
Penn's book, You Can't Be Serious, is available on Nov. 2. (Source: people.com)In the meantime, Penn is happily promoting his book and trying to plan a wedding. (Source:sh. (Source:
Mr Penn, 44, told People magazine that he has been in a relationship with his partner Josh for 11 years and the pair are now engaged. (Source: www.bbc.com "One of us." That's what LGBT South Asians are saying after US actor Kal Penn, star of the Harold & Kumar film franchise, came out as gay on Sunday. (Source:www.bbc.com wMr Penn shares how they met in his new memoir You Can't Be Serious. (Source:ww.bbc.com ww
Mr Penn also briefly worked in the White House Office of Public Engagement under President Barack Obama, from 2009-11. (Source: www.bbc.com The BBC asked Mr Penn during a Reddit Q&A what it was like working for a president who at that point had still not come out in favour of gay marriage. (Source:www.bbc.com))
The BBC asked Mr Penn during a Reddit Q&A what it was like working for a president who at that point had still not come out in favour of gay marriage. (Source: www.bbc.com He adds that he is looking forward to Mr Penn's "big, gay Indian wedding". (Source:www.bbc.com wMr Penn briefly worked in the White House under Barack Obama (Source:ww.bbc.com ww
Queer brown performers get crowded out in white-male-dominated media spaces, says Priyanka, so Mr Penn's mainstream success as a comedian popular among straight males makes his coming out story an even bigger deal. (Source: www.bbc.com)Mr Penn told People magazine he had discovered his sexuality late in life and, like him, Priyanka was into her 20s when she began to explore her sexual identity. (Source:w.bbc.com))))
"It excites me that Kal Penn is doing this at his age because, for one person's coming out story, there's still one hundred more people that are in the closet," she adds. (Source: www.bbc.com Though he had a tough time breaking into Hollywood due to his ethnicity, actor Kal Penn - originally Kalpen Suresh Modi - managed for the most part to avoid playing stereotypical characters and to become a fast-rising Hollywood star. After spending several years climbing the ladder with episodes of series television, Penn bit the bullet and played an Indian named Taj Mahal, complete with thick accent, in the lowbrow comedy "National Lampoon's Van Wilder" (2002). But he soon had his breakout role playing a stoned Ivy Leaguer in search of tiny delicious hamburgers in the cult hit ""Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" (2004), which spawned another popular sequel four years later. In between, Penn was seen in blockbusters like "Superman Returns" (2006) while demonstrating his range in the art house drama, "The Namesake" (2007). After playing a conflicted terrorist on the hit action series "24" (Fox, 2001-10) and a sports medicine specialist on "House" (Fox, 2004-12), Penn left acting altogether to work in President Barack Obama's administration, proving that his dedication to public service truly outweighed his dreams for Hollywood stardom. However, Penn soon returned to his first love, appearing in a story arc on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" (CBS 2005-2014), hosting the game show "The Big Brain Theory" (Discovery 2013), and co-starring in the series "We Are Men" (CBS 2013-14), "Battle Creek" (CBS 2015) and "Designated Survivor" (ABC 2016- ). (Source:www.rottentomatoes.com))
www.scmp.com)Penn, who also starred in House, How I Met Your Mother and Designated Survivor, publicly opened up about being LGBT for the first time in his book, You Can’t Be Serious (Source:
You Can’t Be Serious is a series of funny, consequential, awkward, and ridiculous stories from Kal Penn’s idiosyncratic life. It’s about being the grandson of Gandhian freedom fighters, and the son of immigrant parents: people who came to this country with very little and went very far—and whose vision of the American dream probably never included their son sliding off an oiled-up naked woman in the raunchy Ryan Reynolds movie Van Wilder…or getting a phone call from Air Force One as Kal flew with the country’s first Black president. (Source: www.simonandschuster.com)
Kal Penn has played leading roles in some of the world’s most-watched television shows, including How I Met Your Mother, 24, Designated Survivor, House, and more. He currently stars on the Disney Junior animated series Mira, Royal Detective. He was also the cocreator and star of the NBC/Universal comedy Sunnyside, and host, cocreator, and executive producer of a six-episode series in October 2020 for Disney’s Freeform Channel called Kal Penn Approves This Message, aimed at entertaining and informing young voters. On the big screen, Kal has starred in movies that have collectively grossed more than a billion dollars, including the Harold and Kumar franchise, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Superman Returns, The Namesake, and many other critically acclaimed blockbuster titles. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in sociology and film studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and in sociology and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Kal has worked at the very highest levels of politics, as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he was President Obama’s Liaison to Young Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Arts communities in America. He was born and raised in New Jersey. (Source: www.simonandschuster.com)