JP: Mint chip. I also really like this popsicle they sell at the Korean grocery, with the unfortunate name “Screw Bar.”
KLC: Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever traveled to and what was so cool about it?
JP: I traded in a bunch of airline miles and travelled around Greece during a particularly confusing time in my life. It was the dead of winter and should have been rainy and freezing, but by sheer luck it was clear and beautiful. Santorini was almost completely deserted, and so, so still…all this infrastructure but no people. It felt like being in on a strange, gorgeous secret.
KLC: Name one movie you can quote and then quote it.
JP: I’ve got awful movie-memory. I never remember the endings either, even of movies I loved…I remember the feeling I had, but the details totally go. HOWEVER. When I was twelve I used to go down to the basement and dance around with a floral curtain to the Aladdin soundtrack, so I know that scarily well. “All you gotta do is…JUUUUUUUUUUMP!” (button!)
KLC: Pick one: Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Davis, or Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
JP: Sirleaf. Because I had to google her, and that’s fucking embarrassing.
KLC: The United States electoral process is _______________________.
JP: Oh. Oh dear. Pass.
KLC: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to get someone’s attention?
JP: I used to spend a lot of time trying to appear GREAT. It was this aggressive performance of okayness, like “HEY LOOK I AM DOING SO GREAT” which is a dumb way to try to connect because it doesn’t leave any space for the other person. I still catch myself doing it occasionally, and have to be like “Hey. Chill.”
KLC: If you had the opportunity to patent a brand new product, what might that be?
JP: A combination washer/dryer/automatically-folds-your-clothes-dresser. I hate laundry.
KLC: Which of the following is least likely to ever exist: bigfoot, elves, or government regulation on Wall Street?
JP: I really really want to believe in the last one, so I’m going with “elves.”
KLC: Can you share something about yourself that no one has ever asked you about in an interview before?
JP: When I’m feeling overwhelmed (not run-of-the-mill stressed, but once-a-year-crazytown-crazy) I make second-grade art. Colored pencils, glitter, popsicle sticks…I always feel so much better and think “why don’t I do this more often?” and then forget until a year later when I feel crazy again and think “Oh right. That.”
Jiehae Park was born in Seoul. Her parents have PhDs and are really smart…her understanding of what they do can best be summed up in the highly technical phrase “science-y things.” The first play she attended was THE GLASS MENAGERIE, but she was in the womb so she’s not sure if that counts. She played a daffodil in the first grade spring musical, SPRING MUSICAL. She just ate sushi from that awesome place down the block that she can’t believe has been there this whole time and nobody told her. She secretly keeps every fortune cookie fortune (but she didn't get one tonight because sushi is Japanese and that place is legit.) She writes plays sometimes and is in other people’s plays sometimes, but most importantly she’d really really really really like to get a dog. www.jiehae.com