Kal Penn, noted for his stoner comedies in the “Harold and Kumar” series, and now ABC’s “Designated Survivor,” is planning to share with his fans all his life’s experiences, including how he made it in Hollywood.
The Indian American actor is penning a memoir, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced, according to a report in The Hollywood Reporter. The still-untitled collection of essays will be published in 2019.
In the book, which aims to be both funny and inspiring, Penn will write about “his unique 21st century American success story” and “the challenges of navigating Hollywood, and his unusual sabbatical from actor to White House staffer,” adds the report.
Audible will simultaneously release the audio book version of the memoir with Penn narrating.
Penn, who also starred in the TV series, “House” and “How I Met Your Mother,” took a sabbatical from acting from 2009 to 2011 and served as an associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused primarily on outreach related to young Americans, including related issues such as the Affordable Care Act, repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and veterans benefits for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
More recently, Penn’s actions have proved that he stands in solidarity with immigrants. In 2016, he raised over $600,000 to help Syrian refugees after being told on Twitter that he didn’t belong in America. A few months later, Penn exposed racism in Hollywood when he introduced fans to the kind of stereotypical scripts and roles he was offered in the early stages of his career.
Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate degree in sociology, theater, film, and television from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a graduate certificate in international security from Stanford University. Penn has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles.