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Paper Girls on Amazon Prime Video: How Ali Wong wanted to be an Asian-American professor

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Ali Wong previously revealed that she wanted to be an Asian-American professor in order to have a good income and stability

Paper Girls star Ali Wong would be a professor today if she hadn’t fallen in love with comedy. The star of Netflix’s three biggest comedy specials — Baby Cobra, Knock Up Wife, and Don Wong — wanted to be an Asian-American professor for good income and stability.

In a 2017 interview with The Cut, Always Be My Maybe revealed her interest in teaching. “It’s interesting. I was an Asian-American major in college. I thought for a long time that I would go into science and become an Asian-American professor, and then I fell in love with stand-up comedy. I never plan to talking specifically about representation, even though it’s so hard even to make a joke. I do what’s primarily funny and interesting. Sometimes it touches on Asian-American identity, but not much of it. But it’s something , which I’ll always be interested in,” she had told the outlet. Wong is poised to delight her fans as an actress with her portrayal of an adult version of Erin Tieng (Riley Lai Nelet) in the Amazon Prime Video series Paper Girls inspire.


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Not a big fan of social media

In the same interview, Wong spoke about her concerns when audiences see comedians as politicians. “I find it tricky to see comedians as politicians. So I’m not a big social media person. I don’t want to have an opinion on everything and have people comb through it and hold me accountable. Comics are meant to be comics. But now you’ve turned some comic book people into politicians, which is cool for them,” she had said.

The actress, comedian and author loves Amy Schumer’s work. “I love Amy so much. You need someone like that. I need someone in such a company: a woman who talks about everything. She’s almost like a public intellectual. But at the same time you have to be able to fight every day. I’m not into that. But I really appreciate that in other people. In my stand-up, I try to do what’s fun and interesting and not send out political messages,” she said in the 2017 interview.


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Paper Girls will be released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video on July 29, 2022.

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