Magazine article Newsweek

One Serious Dude, Indeed

Magazine article Newsweek

One Serious Dude, Indeed

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Byline: Ramin Setoodeh

Kal Penn has hung up his hospital scrubs. His character died on "House" last week so that Penn can start a new job--in the White House. He'll work as associate director at the Office of Public Liaison, as the point person for the arts and Asian-American communities. He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

I bet you've had a crazy week.

I really wasn't expecting this to be something of interest, to be honest. I think it's just because that episode of "House" aired, and everyone wanted to know why I was killed off.

Do you think you'll ever return in a flashback?

No. I wish. But this isn't like "Lost," where anyone can come back.

Are you living in D.C.?

Yeah. I haven't even begun the process of trying to find an apartment.

You volunteered for Obama's campaign, right?

When we couldn't shoot on "House" for the writer's strike, I ended up moving to Iowa for about two months. I've always had an interest in public service. All the way back to college. I applied to seven schools for film and seven schools for public service, political science or sociology.

You applied to 14 colleges?

I applied to 15. I got wait-listed at Oberlin.

Did you not have good SAT scores?

I had good SAT scores. We joked that I had academic ADD. My guidance counselor gave me this test to tell you what majors you'd be good at, and it came back with no results, which was flattering and bothersome.

Did you interview for this job? …

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