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    Ali Wong Shares Wild, Terrifying Finale of “Beef” Experience – Uncomfortable Moments Discussed

    In a recent episode of Variety’s Actors on Actors, Ali Wong sat down with Jason Segel and discussed her transition from comedy to acting. She shared her experience working on the hit series Beef, including filming the exciting finale episode. Wong also talked about what she is most proud of in the series. Read on to learn more about this chic and fashion-forward conversation!
    Close-ups of Jason and Ali
    Before they got into Beef, Jason, who also comes from a comedy background, asked Ali if she had always wanted to ‘parlay’ into acting. ‘Not really,’ she replied. ‘I just wanted to tell jokes for a living.’
    Close-up of Ali
    However, Ali explained that she had been working as a temp for a long time and that she began acting in sitcoms in order to justify doing unpaid stand-up sets at night.
    Screencap of "Are You There, Chelsea" picturing Laura Prepon as Chelsea, Chelsea Handler as Sloane, Ali Wong as Olivia
    As the two began talking about Beef and its escalating feud, Ali revealed that Beef’s script was still being written as they were shooting, adding that she didn’t even know about the finale while filming.
    Close-up of Ali
    As Jason then described, the finale episode ‘so clearly crystallizes the theme that these two people are essentially the same. There are even moments where [Ali’s character Amy and Steven Yeun’s character Danny] switch voices and [are] like, ‘I am you.’’
    Close-up of Steven carrying Ali piggyback
    Ali expressed her confusion about the voice switch, saying, “And I totally didn’t understand that that’s what was happening.” The series’ creator and finale director, Lee “Sunny” Sung Jin, had Ali memorize Steven’s lines in addition to her own, without explaining the reason behind it, asking her to simply trust him.
    Close-up of Lee “Sunny” Sung Jin holding a microphone onstage
    Have you ever filmed in a forest for a week? Ali then asked Jason before describing the experience of filming the finale, calling it wild.
    Close-up of Ali
    Because they filmed parts of the finale for Beef at 2 a.m., Ali and Steven had to run around in the dark. Though Ali acknowledged that it looks cool on camera, she said that in reality, it was terrifying and uncomfortable. “I felt like Shelley Long in Troop Beverly Hills,” she commented.
    Steven and Ali sitting under a tree
    Unlike Ali, Steven wasn’t fazed by the location or timing. “Steven had been on The Walking Dead for seven years in the suburbs of Atlanta at 3 in the morning, running away from the zombies,” Ali said..
    Close-up of Steven from "The Walking Dead"
    During rehearsals, Steven fell out of Danny’s truck (which had just crashed over a hill) onto his shoulder and crawled through the dirt three times. ‘You really like doing it?’ Ali asked. Steven replied, ‘I love it.’
    Close-up of Steven looking stressed
    Referencing Jason’s latest work, Shrink, Ali then joked that she’d much rather play a character like Harrison Ford’s Dr. Paul Rhoades — sitting for most scenes and cracking jokes.
    Close-up of Ali pointing
    Later in their conversation, Jason asked Ali what about Beef she’s most proud of, and she said the cast — particularly because Beef has an all–Asian American cast. “I do think that when you have an all–Asian American cast, which is rare, then the people get to be people,” she said.
    Lee Sung Jin, Ali Wong, and Steven Yeun attend the Los Angeles Premiere of Netflix's "Beef" at the Tudum Theater
    Because now, when people refer to people in our show, they use other descriptors to describe the characteristics of the person rather than their race,” Ali explained. “Instead of saying, ‘Oh, the Asian husband,’ they’ll say, ‘Oh, the guy who has the sick cardigans, who’s really positive and rides the bicycle.’
    Close-up of Ali

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