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POP INTERVIEW: “Chuck” Actor Vik Sahay Has an “Awkward Sexual Adventure”

Canadian actor Vik Sahay’s TV character, Lester Patel, was once confused for a lesbian. Making his move to notable film roles, his most recent being the victim of Steve Stifler’s jokes in American Reunion, he stars in the Toronto Film Festival selection, My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which will premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this Friday.

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Canadian actor Vik Sahay’s TV character, Lester Patel, was once confused for a lesbian. Making his move to notable film roles, his most recent being the victim of Steve Stifler’s jokes in American Reunion, he stars in the Toronto Film Festival selection, An Awkward Sexual Adventure, which will premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this Friday.

Vik Sahay

You went from being part of the so-called “Nerd Herd” on NBC’s “Chuck” to actually being a sought after man in “My Awkward Sexual Adventure.” Clearly, you aren’t being typecast as anything but a great comedy actor. What about you brings about versatility to a role?
First of all, thank you. And that’s a good question. I think, as an actor you have to be willing to reveal your shadow. For every quality we have as humans, we have its opposite. Charming, vicious. loving, destructive, brave, cowardly. And I think that when you are really willing to be seen, from all sides, it allows you to portray a wide range of characters. I’ve also been very lucky in that producers and casting directors have been willing to see me in different archetypes, serving story in different ways.

The film title includes the word “awkward,” but as someone with enough comedy roles in his resume, you seem like you would be anything BUT awkward when filming. How did you evolve to this point where you can escape into a role? And I have no problem with saying something like that, because comedy is as demanding, if not more, than dramatic work. What do you do so you might feel like dark humor, slapstick, utter silliness and other parts of your work day are normal?
Well, I do try to stay as silly as humanly possible. I keep that spirit alive in my life. And I study it. Constantly watch the comedy masters when I’m not working. And then, I am happy, actually, to still feel awkward when I come to work. I may have experience with the technical aspects of being on a set, understanding the camera and how the team works, but I stay as innocent as possible. Try to begin again. Comedy needs that innocence and it’s not hard for me to bring it because I do still find it to be a mystery I love.

Vik Sahay

What about this film is not only hysterically funny to watch but new for comedy? What do you think it says about our always evolving comedy in our times? Because comedy really can change within a five year span.
Well, I think we’re doing something that other countries have done before us. Finding the funny in sex. North America can be kind of adolescent in its humor, where Europe and Latin America have been finding sex funny for a long time. We’ve been a little stuck on toilet humor, to be honest. So I think what we’ve done is new for North America only. Where we’re usually very serious, earnest, or uptight about sex, I feel this film opened it up enough to say what everyone knows: no one is born a great lover. You get to be one through experience, and ultimately communicating about it.

Back when you studied theater, what did you learn in class that you still use to this day?
Start every character with the statement I WANT TO LIVE. And work back from there to find out why they feel like they’ll die if they don’t get what they want.

Comedy plays out differently when you see it versus reading it. When you try out for roles, what do you look for?
The “music.” One of the biggest things that distinguish comedy from drama is that, especially with good material, it wants to be played with a certain tempo, or touch. I listen with my whole self for what that might be and try to let my body and voice lead me there.

A year ago, you were in American Reunion, which as much as it gets panned by a few critics, is an incredible comedy franchise with longevity. However, at this moment in Hollywood, there isn’t a particular actor of Indian descent – a strong, powerful with the studio executives, creative but funny actor like an Adam Sandler or Will Ferrell – who also demonstrates he can sell at the box office with regular moviegoers. You can be the first if you continue landing great comedic roles. What do you see yourself doing to head down that path?
Wow, that is a huge compliment. I do think Kal Penn has taken awesome strides in that direction. For myself, I feel like I need to dip into drama frequently to keep it real. I love moving back and forth, and pray that I get to keep doing that. And aligning with new rising directing and writing talent is important as well.

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Cher Slapped, Sang And Lip-Synched Her Way Through Her ‘Tonight Show’ Takeover

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If I could turn back time, I would watch Cher take over The Tonight Show again and again.

Give me a rapid vibrato and a strong hair flip and I am just about the happiest man on earth. There isn’t much the iconic Cher can’t do as proven by her lengthy career as an actress, singer and now broadway producer, so it was no surprise when she became one of The Tonight Show‘s most memorable guests in history last night. Cher wasted no time diving into the fun, giving host, Jimmy Fallon, a helping hand with his opening monologue. And by helping hand I mean she slapped him…not once but twice! I am now twice as jealous of Jimmy Fallon. The slap was of course a recreation of Cher’s legendary slap from her Oscar-award winning role in Moonstruck. All these years later and it is still a very effective way of shutting people up.

The Cher-takeover didn’t stop there! Cher hit the couch to answer some burning questions that fans (me) wanted to know about life as a living legend. During her chat she opened up about how painfully shy she was and is despite growing up in show business. She revealed that she was actually so afraid to sing in intimate settings that she lied about disliking “I Got You Babe” when Sonny Bono first introduced it to her just so she wouldn’t have to sing on the spot. It’s hard to imagine the showgirl being so shy but she confirmed that “it was really terrible, I was so shy.” During the chat Cher also confessed that she’s never actually heard a good impression of her! Even though she has to be one of the most impersonated celebrities of all time, she said she struggles to find any inkling of herself in all of the weird facial expressions and “bullish*t”!!! God I love her. The hour then segued to Cher’s new, autobiographical, hit Broadway musical The Cher Show which prompted a performance of “I Got You Babe” by the musical’s Sonny and young Cher, Jarrod Spector and Micaela Diamond. The audience nearly fell out and I audibly gasped when Cher herself joined Spector to finish the performance.

Of course a Tonight Show takeover would not be complete without a little lip-sync battle. This lip-sync battle was different than any other, however, as both Cher and Jimmy lip-synched to drunk bar patron renditions of Cher’s “Believe.” That’s right, Jimmy sent a camera crew to a karaoke bar at 1am and filmed their takes on the classic hit and used those vocals as the source of the lip-sync! Everything about this is hilarious!

The hour seemed to fly by and things only got more exciting as Jimmy brought the three leads from The Cher Show to the couch. Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond cozied up next to Cher and gushed about what an incredible experience it has been working with such an icon. All four ladies closed the hour with an incredibly performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time” and how I wish I could just to be able to relive this hour over and over! I do believe this hour will go down in books as one of the best Tonight Show moments in history.

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Lori Loughlin Shockingly Pleads Not Guilty In College Bribery Case

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After Felicity Huffman pled guilty to her part in the college bribery case, it was assumed Lori Loughlin would do the same.

As if the college bribery case wasn’t already filled with shocking twists and turns, Lori Laughing and husband Mossimo Giannulli have just pled not guilty on all charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The couple face a minimum of 4 years and 9 months in prison for allegedly paying $500k to get their daughters into the University of Southern California. As if things weren’t sticky enough, the Full House actress and her fashion designer husband were indicted by the federal grand jury last week for an additional charge of money laundering. The couple waived their right to appear in court and instead entered their plea via court documents filed by their attorney.

The entire scandal revolves around 13 wealthy parents who used money to bribe college coaches and standardized test administrators to grant their children admission into USC. Prosecutors say that some of the parents went so far as to facilitate cheating on the SATs and ACTs for their children, while others used the money to coax the administrators into smoothing out the children’s paths into college.

Felicity Huffman, the other high-profile actress embroiled in this scandal, entered a guilty plea last week for paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT test rigged. After insisting that her daughter had no knowledge of the wrong-doings behind the scenes, Huffman faces a minimum of 4 months in prison.

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Sara Gilbert Announces The ‘Extremely Difficult’ Decision To Leave ‘The Talk’

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Sara Gilbert is calling it quits after nine seasons on the popular daytime talk show.

At the start of Tuesday’s episode of The Talk, original co-host Sara Gilbert announced her plan to exit the show at the end of this season. The actress, exec producer and panelist credits her exit to the amount of work she has taken on. Aside from appearing on the talk show, Gilbert is also the executive producer and star of the popular sitcom, The Conners. Working so many jobs has cut into other aspects of Gilbert’s life, so she decided to make the difficult decision.

“I obviously love it here, and like I said, this was extremely difficult. Last season, I did ‘The Conners’ as you know and was also producing and here. I loved it and felt totally empowered, but also, if I’m being honest about it, I think my life was slightly out of balance. I wasn’t able to spend as much time with my three kids as I’d like, or time for myself and as I’ve continued on, I’m starting to develop more things to produce and I’m having opportunities to act and feeling like I don’t know how I’m gonna do it all.”

Gilbert assured the distraught audience that she wouldn’t be leaving the show high and dry, and will remain at the table until the seasons end.

“I’m not going anywhere yet, I’ll be here the rest of the season, I’ll guest cohost, You’re not going to get rid of me.”

You can see Gilbert’s entire farewell below.

 

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