Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles [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.