The multi-talented Kal Penn can now add writer to his list of accomplishments. The actor and former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement will be publishing a book of essays.
According to a statement by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the essays in the book will be a reflection of Penn’s journey from Hollywood to the White House.
It is “his unique 21st-century American success story, writing about ambition, the challenges of navigating Hollywood, and his unusual sabbatical from actor to White House staffer.”
While most people may recognize Penn as one half of the hilarious “Harold and Kumar” film franchise, the South Asian community will remember he first became popular as the gangsta Indian college student Ajay Pandya in the 2001 film “American Desi.”
Penn has come a long way from his days as Ajay. He went on to have roles in numerous short films and popular feature films like “Van Wilder,” “Malibu’s Most Wanted,” “Dude Where’s the Party?” Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Superman Returns,” “Epic Movie,” “The Namesake,” and more. Later, Penn joined the cast of popular television shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “House.” He left “House” to pursue a career in politics, working with President Barack Obama as his associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement until 2011
Penn returned to television ironically enough in a political show. He currently plays the role of Seth Wright, a Muslim-American White House Press Secretary Seth Wright on ABC’s “Designated Survivor.” However, his return to television didn’t deter him from remaining involved in politics and philanthropy.
With a journey as unique as Penn’s, his book of essays is bound to be a must-read for fans.