Oh, So Excited


So tonight, after you finish watching Grey’s, stick around on ABC to catch the series premiere of Notes from the Underbelly starring cutie Sunkrish Bala as Eric, a very excited father-to-be. Grey’s fans will recognize Bala from another excited state: as Meredith’s one-night stand who, er, couldn’t control his excitement with a painful looking case of priapism. Read Sunkrish’s interview with here as he talks about his character on Notes and working in Hollywood today.

In an email, Sunkrish writes:

“It is so very rare that actors of color are given the opportunity to play parts in which their ethnicity does not come into play. I can tell you that a good 50 percent of the auditions and parts afforded to me in the film and television industry require me to be rather conspicuously … well … ethnic. And I’m so proud to boast that my new show has not once deferred to that lowest common denominator. I’m just another proud dad-to-be.

While I will be grateful enough for you to watch Notes from the Underbelly and laugh and tell your friends to do the same, it would mean very much to me if forward-thinking individuals such as yourself took the time to write a letter to ABC letting them know how much you appreciate an actor-of-color playing an ethnically-ambiguous part on television. (Yes, TV execs do read them).”

I can’t wait to watch. Please tune in and let us know what you thought of the show.

April 12, 2007
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  1. April 13, 2007, 10:52 am J

    hilarious! i watched it last night and could not stop laughing! bala’s character, eric, and his wife were hysterical. waking up at 3 in the morning to practice feeding a native american doll (the internet sucks). i loved how his character was just an excited father-to-be. oh.. and that photo in his bedroom (on the show)? yeah… wow! 🙂 hysterical, can’t wait till next wed!