Mr. Penn Goes to Washington

Actor and TFT almunus Kal Penn starts new job at the White House


Posted on Jul 6th, 2009 in Press

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“Actor Kal Penn started a new job Monday (July 6) as a liaison between the White House and Asian communities,” reports the Associated Press.

"The Indian-American actor is taking a break from Hollywood to work as an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison, with a focus on connecting President Obama with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups."

"Penn had a recurring role on Fox’s TV show “House” and starred in several films including “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” and its sequel, “Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay"

"Asked about the differences between the new job and his work in Hollywood, Penn joked that he now wears a suit. When pressed about preparing for his first day on the job Monday morning, he said, 'I brushed my teeth; I did floss, used mouthwash … took the bus to work, same thing that everybody does.'"

PHOTO: Actor Kal Penn, left, stands with Michael Strautmanis, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison, center, and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, at the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)