Award-winning actress and filmmaker Jodi Long prepares for the third season of TBS hit comedy series Sullivan & Sons where she’ll dish out one-liners in a way only “Ok Cha” can. Here, Long discusses the unique filming experience, funny memories from her time on Sex and the City and a bit about her passion for yoga.
Can you catch me upwith Sullivan & Son?
Our premier episode guest stars Kin Jeong from The Hangover; he’s coming back as my son-in-law and it’s a pretty funny episode. This next season, everything has gotten a little wilder. You’re seeing sides of the characters you haven’t seen before.
What audience is the show geared toward?
It’s for young adults, I think. We call ourselves a family show but it’s not for young kids. It’s adult humor for young college or above-aged boys – we get into that humor.
You were on Sex and the City – what’s your best memory from that show?
I worked with Michael Patrick King on that show, and when I auditioned with him I sat him down and said, “Michael, I don’t want to play this part that I’ve auditioned for. I want to play this other part” because it had more days to work. I didn’t want to play the one day part [laughs]. He looked at me and said, “You know, this part you auditioned for is going to be the water cooler part. A lot of people are going to talk about it because of what you say.” He was right. Most people remember that episode from what I said – though I won’t repeat it here [laughs].
What draws you to adult humor?
We can laugh at ourselves – that’s what great about Sullivan & Son. We’re very diverse, not just because we’re an interracial family but because you see one of everyone. I think that really reflects America today. When you say adult humor, if we can make other people laugh and laugh all day on set, that’s such a great facet of life. Life can be hard but we get to laugh at ourselves and each other. What better way to look at life?
What’s the most challenging aspect of television?
Getting through the commercials [laughs]. But actually, it’s very high-paced. We tape our shows in front of a live audience and our script changes every day, including the time on-set when we’re doing it in front of the audience. If we say a line and the audience doesn’t laugh or think it’s so great, we’ll change it right there.
When people approach you on the street, what comments do they make?
I don’t really look like my character in real life, so most people don’t recognize me at first. Usually they hear my voice, and even though I don’t speak with a Korean accent like I do on the show, they still hear me.
You also enjoy filmmaking. What did you learn from the making of your film Long Story Short?
Memory is an interesting thing. It’s always fraught with how we experience something. It may not be the truth of the situation, but we play memories over and over again in our heads. When you see the film, it’s a stunning record of my parents and what they did and who they were during that time period. I think that’s what makes the film incredible – where we were as a people in America, what was accepted, what is politically incorrect and so on.
You’re also interested in yoga – can you tell me about that?
I’ve done all different kinds of yoga. I started by learning all the postures, then I moved to a more athletic yoga and somehow I discovered this teacher in Los Angeles who teaches Kundalini yoga. It’s kind of like the Cadillac of yoga. When most people think of yoga, they think, “OK, I’m going to hit this pose and everything’s going to be fine,” which is true, but yoga is about yolking the energy of the universe. You start to align with the energy in the universe. All yoga paths lead to the same place, but Kundalini yoga gets you there faster.
Be sure to catch Jodi Long on Sullivan and Sons on Tuesdays at 10pm on TBS.