Three years ago today, Hulu released the series finale of SELFIE, the short-lived ABC comedy starring John Cho as straight-laced marketing guru Henry Higgs who tries to turn narcissistic, social media butterfly Eliza Dooley (Karen Gillan who can currently be seen in JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE) into a “better” person. TV Line spoke to Cho about his memories of the series:
“I remember working so hard on that show, but it had been a long time since I felt this way. I was so exhausted, but I felt happy in the sense that I was giving all of myself to something that I liked. My emotional memory of that show is satisfaction,” he tells TVLine…
“I haven’t rewatched it or anything, but there are little moments that I recall thinking, ‘This is what it’s about. This is why I like to do this,” he adds.
If you watched the show, you likely remember Episode 10’s karaoke scenes. Henry takes the stage and performs a soulful, a capella version of Cat Steven’s “Wild World” as the credits roll. It’s a meaningful moment for the character, who’s clearly struggling with his feelings for Eliza. Turns out, it was a pretty big deal for Cho, too.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) October 23, 2014
After recording a version of the song with music, “I was going to lip sync that day. There was a backing track,” he recalls. “Then [series creator] Emily [Kapnek] said, ‘Just do it live.’” So Cho did, with the track piped into his ear piece, “and it was very effective, because he was so lonesome and in such a blue place that it really worked.”
To read the full interview, go to TV Line: What Selfie Taught John Cho About Acting, Life and… Cosplay?