Tonight, ABC’s Dr. Ken shifts its focus to Ken’s daughter Molly, played by actress Krista Marie Yu – and it does so in a big way, with the episode being called “Meeting Molly’s Boyfriend.” LA Fan Cultures Examiner conducted an e-mail interview with Krista this week to discuss the episode and what else is next for her character in the remainder of the first season.
“‘Meeting Molly’s Boyfriend’ is one of my personal favorite episodes,” she enthused, telling us that “Audiences will get to see not only Ken’s love for his daughter, but his love for wrestling! Fun fact, Ken Jeong himself is a huge fan of wrestling!”
And that’s not the only surprise left in the season: “I was pretty excited about a pretty special boy band in an upcoming episode!” Krista added. “Heartthrob alert!”
But Dr. Ken always comes back around to Ken and his family, and in Molly’s case that can sometimes mean getting into trouble. She’s already gotten a tattoo she wasn’t supposed to and wrecked her father’s beloved plastic skeleton. So what does Krista think of her character’s sometimes bad behavior? “Molly can really be quite the little sneak sometimes,” she said.
“It’s so much fun to play her. I don’t think I personally could ever be clever enough to get out of some of the pickles she gets herself into, but I do enjoy how much pleasure she gets from getting away with things – and I think she does too.”
Having comedians like Ken Jeong, Dave Foley and Margaret Cho in the cast also means no shortage of laughs both on and off camera. “Going to work everyday is a true dream,” Krista explained. “I love watching my castmates work. They are remarkable actors and comedians, but what makes them truly special is the remarkable people they are.”
Yet she isn’t always laughing. Krista has experience in drama series, like a role in fellow ABC series Agent Carter, and can soon be seen in the feature film The Darkness, which she described as “Super scary! Go with a snuggle buddy!”
Does she have a preference between comedy and drama? “I love them both for different reasons. It is, however, an extra treat to laugh so much everyday,” she said, adding, “I feel like my journey is just starting. I’m grateful for each day I have, and look forward to every tomorrow!”
And she had one piece of advice for her Dr. Ken alter ego. “I think I would tell Molly that even though your parents embarrass you so much, they truly love you and want the best for you,” Krista told us. “I’m so grateful for everything my parents have done for me.”
Dr. Ken airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.