Check out all the best moments from Kumail’s sit-down with Jennifer!
Kumail’s ‘meet cute’ with his wife
Kumail and his wife, writer and producer Emily V. Gordon, just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary! The couple originally met at a comedy club in Chicago where Kumail was performing and Emily was in the audience.
“I was a stand-up comedian and she heckled me at a comedy show,” he told JHud. He recalls thinking of Emily, “Oh, she’s rude but cute.” He saw her a few days later and asked her out, and the rest is history! (It’s also an Oscar-winning movie, as their early courtship is depicted in their 2017 romantic comedy “The Big Sick.”)
Kumail on looking out of place on the set of ‘Welcome to Chippendales’
Kumail plays the “bad guy” in the Hulu miniseries. “I love to play bad guys,” he said. “It’s a little scary, but it’s also kind of freeing” to play the villain. “I usually get to play comedic roles, but to play something like this, like a really dark, intense guy… the way he solves problems are illegal and amoral, and that’s fun to pretend to do.”
Kumail said he wanted to look different from the rest of the cast made up of muscular dancers, so he went in the other direction. “I wanted to look like I don’t belong in this world,” he explained. “Everyone else on the show was eating carrots and fruits, and I was eating multiple doughnuts for every meal.” He adds, “It was great!”
“I love your commitment to your character!” said JHud, laughing.
Kumail on being Marvel’s first South Asian superhero in ‘Eternals’
Kumail made history playing the first superhero of South Asian descent in Marvel’s “Eternals.” “No cupcakes on that set! That was definitely carrot times for me,” Kumail joked.
“As someone who started out as a comedian telling jokes onstage, to end up pretending to shoot laser beams from my fingers — best case scenario!”