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  • [APPLAUSE]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So, Hudson, it's a pleasure to have you here.

  • So if you guys don't know, Hudson is actually

  • 22 years old, and he is age appropriate to date

  • for all the girls out there.

  • HUDSON YANG: Ha, ha, ha.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Is that OK, mom?

  • Just kidding.

  • So Hudson is 11 years old.

  • What a great accomplishment, Hudson, at 11

  • to be the lead actor on "Fresh Off the Boat."

  • So I think it's only appropriate,

  • because the episode was about basketball-- who is

  • your favorite basketball star?

  • HUDSON YANG: Well, my favorite is Jeremy Lin, obviously.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Are you paid to say that?

  • HUDSON YANG: Huh?

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Are you paid to say that?

  • HUDSON YANG: No.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Oh, OK.

  • VINA HA: Have you ever met Jeremy Lin?

  • HUDSON YANG: I was going to, like a few days ago,

  • except I had to fly out to LA because he's a Laker.

  • So I couldn't make it.

  • VINA HA: So I noticed that there's

  • a special guest appearance of your father in this episode.

  • Can you tell us who's a better actor, you or your father?

  • HUDSON YANG: That's a tough one.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • For him.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Just kidding.

  • I can't answer that.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: All good, all good.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So I think it was only appropriate to ask,

  • because you are at Google today, and everyone

  • says Google knows everything about everyone.

  • So what is the most interesting thing

  • you've ever googled about yourself?

  • HUDSON YANG: I haven't really googled about myself, really.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: What's your favorite thing to Google?

  • HUDSON YANG: YouTube.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: Awesome, because Google owns YouTube.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • That's the right answer.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Is there a specific video

  • you like to watch on YouTube?

  • HUDSON YANG: Well, as my mom said,

  • Minecraft or sometimes tips for like games and stuff.

  • VINA HA: So I'm a big fan of the show,

  • and when I talk to my friends who are also fans of the show,

  • they always talk about how great you are.

  • And a lot of my friends say like, oh, he's so cute,

  • he's so adorable.

  • Now that we're like getting close

  • to the end of the season-- this I think

  • was the second-to-last episode of the season--

  • how have the last few months totally changed your life?

  • How does it feel to be a celebrity?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean, I don't think of myself as a celebrity.

  • I think of myself as a well-known child.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: That is the best answer you

  • could give for that question.

  • HUDSON YANG: But I mean, the last few months

  • have been extremely different.

  • I mean, I've been stopped on the street,

  • and people have been taking pictures with me.

  • And everybody's just been like kind

  • of congratulating me all the time,

  • saying the show's amazing.

  • But I mean, my friends and everybody,

  • like those kind of people, they've

  • been treating me the same.

  • They're just proud.

  • And they're like happy.

  • And they're like really excited for the show

  • all the time, yeah.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So I guess that's a good segue.

  • So how does it feel going to school?

  • Because you just came from school today, right?

  • HUDSON YANG: Yeah.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So how does it feel when you

  • go to school after the show.

  • Do you feel different?

  • Do teachers treat you differently?

  • HUDSON YANG: Not really.

  • I mean, they've asked about it like once or twice.

  • But they don't treat me differently.

  • It's a job to be equal, really.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So you don't get a free pass,

  • extra credit for being super amazing and talented on "Fresh

  • Off the Boat?"

  • It's not an extra 10 points on an exam?

  • HUDSON YANG: I wish, but no.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: So, one of the great things about the show

  • is that it deals with Asian American issues.

  • That's like a big theme of the show.

  • And there were a couple episodes--

  • there was one episode where your character Eddie was called

  • a "chink" by another classmate.

  • There's another episode where a bunch of students at lunch

  • complained about the smelly food that your mom packed for you,

  • and that's why you asked your mom

  • to get you some Lunchables so that it doesn't smell up

  • the lunch room.

  • So just being part of the show, what kind of lessons

  • have you learned about being Asian American?

  • And what other issues have you learned about

  • by just being part of the show?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean, I've known about a few of them,

  • like how people like don't adjust to your food

  • right away or about how there's like upset

  • and like not nice names that people call different races.

  • But I mean, I didn't know that word before.

  • And there's like other things where it's like,

  • people nowadays at my school, they weren't that like harsh

  • and they weren't as like cruel and they didn't

  • call me names or anything.

  • They just kind of asked questions.

  • That were polite, like politely, like straight up.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: You have a tough role to fill, I think,

  • for the Asian American society at 11.

  • So we really appreciate what you're doing out there.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • That was a serious anecdote.

  • HUDSON YANG: What's so funny?

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: [LAUGHS] So you don't even

  • have to say anything and everyone laughs at you.

  • I wish that was something I could do.

  • You're going to have to teach me one day.

  • HUDSON YANG: [LAUGHS]

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: OK.

  • So, we talk about these big shoes you have to fill.

  • And we've been reading, and we know

  • that the last time an Asian American show was on the air

  • was about 20 years ago.

  • I think that was called "All-American Girl,"

  • for those of you who might have watched it before.

  • And you're not even 20 years old.

  • So how does that pressure feel for you having to live up

  • to such high expectations?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean, I don't really

  • think about the expectations like people

  • have on me or something or how like Asians think

  • if this messes up they're going to have

  • to wait another 20 years until the next one or something.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • This is just an experience that I

  • want to go through, have fun with, and just make it

  • last as long as I can.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: We're supportive of you.

  • VINA HA: OK, so we're going to switch over to some Dory

  • and live questions.

  • So we'll take the first Dory question.

  • Hudson, what would it take to be cast as your long-lost cousin

  • on the show?

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • HUDSON YANG: I actually have no idea.

  • There have been like one of the episodes

  • where, like, my cousins came, but long-lost cousin?

  • I don't know.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: Got it.

  • We'll send the bad news to Roger, who asked the question.

  • HUDSON YANG: [LAUGHS]

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: If there are any live questions,

  • we have mikes set up, so please line

  • up so that we can capture your question on the recording.

  • We have one live right there.

  • AUDIENCE: Hey, Hudson.

  • How's it going?

  • Thank you so much for coming out tonight.

  • One of my questions for you-- if you could guest

  • appear on any show in the world right now,

  • what show would that be for you?

  • HUDSON YANG: Any show?

  • AUDIENCE: Any show.

  • HUDSON YANG: At all?

  • AUDIENCE: Yup, any show at all.

  • HUDSON YANG: "Modern Family."

  • AUDIENCE: That's a great choice.

  • Great choice.

  • Thanks for coming out.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: Any other live?

  • If there are no other live questions,

  • we'll take the next Dory.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: So the next question is, hi

  • all the way from Shanghai.

  • I'm a big fan of your show.

  • If you could name the top three things

  • from the show that really rang true for you as you grew up,

  • what would they be?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean, some of them

  • are not like direct-- like the show, I don't really-- sorry,

  • I can't talk right now.

  • The stuff on the show hasn't really happened to me directly,

  • but there's been things on the show that kind of relate

  • to me, like the part where I always

  • ask my parents for like foods that everybody else has,

  • as in peer pressure or something.

  • That's like one of the episodes where I ask for Lunchables.

  • And then a time where I had to stick up

  • for myself at one point.

  • It didn't really get that big, but I mean, yeah,

  • it was really a long time ago.

  • I can't remember it.

  • And I think-- sorry.

  • And then me playing basketball with all my friends

  • and like being in a court, that kind of happened to me before.

  • That's about it.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • VINA HA: We have a live question.

  • AUDIENCE: On one of your episodes, you got straight As.

  • HUDSON YANG: Yeah.

  • AUDIENCE: And I don't know if somebody can cue the music.

  • I was wondering if you could do the pimp walk.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: OK, we can't get the music,

  • but if you could drop us a beat.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Do you mind showcasing the walk?

  • We got any musicians out there?

  • You want to just do the walk?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean, like that one?

  • SHILPA MANIAR: We need the music.

  • HUDSON YANG: Do you want me to like wave my hands in the air?

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • There's like a few different types of pimp walks.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • Everybody kind of has their own way of doing it.

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Do you want to teach [INAUDIBLE]

  • how to do the pimp walk?

  • HUDSON YANG: I mean--

  • SHILPA MANIAR: You wanna learn?

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • All right!

  • [CHEERING]

  • VINA HA: Only if Hudson is willing to teach.

  • HUDSON YANG: I'm fine.

  • [LAUGHTER]

  • SHILPA MANIAR: Are you up for the challenge?

  • VINA HA: I guess so now that you've put me in the spot.