Ken Jeong – also known as Dr. Ken – is an actor, comedian and former physician of internal medicine! The father of 3 1/2-year-old twins, Alexa and Zooey, opens up in the June edition of REDBOOK about his upcoming hit The Hangover Part II, his diverse career and his loving family.
On his supportive wife: “My wife, Tran, encouraged me to quit my job as a doctor [of internal medicine] at 36 and pursue acting full-time. I had just finished filming Knocked Up, and it was life-changing. But I didn’t have the courage to go for it until she persuaded me. Medicine is a hard-won skill, and acting can be a fickle profession, so I tried to be realistic. Now, I’m a spoiled actor. I get weekends off and hiatus weeks — time I never got as a doctor.”
On parenting twins: “It’s like, “How do we make it easy on both of us?” Tran’s with our 3 1/2-year-old twins, Alexa and Zooey, in the morning, and I put them to bed at night. Sometimes, when I’m working on set, bedtime is the only part of the day I get to see the girls, so I live for that. And the girls prefer when I tuck them in because they know they can stay awake a few minutes longer.”
On his wife’s struggle with breast cancer: “Tran was diagnosed with breast cancer when the girls were only a year old. It was scary, but I was lucky that my acting schedule was in a lull. I was able to drive her to chemo treatments and take care of the girls. Finding out she was cancer-free two years ago was the best news of my life. Because of all we went through, we’re grateful for our family. We’ve lived by this mantra ever since: Life is short; enjoy it now. At this point, any issues are pretty much uptown problems, because we’re healthy and happy.”
Read more of the interview Ken Jeong at REDBOOK.