Jake Choi Biography
Jake Choi is an American actor of Korean ancestry born on 14th January in Elmhurst, Queens, New York. He is best known for his role as series regular Miggy on the 2018 ABC comedy Single Parents.
Choi began professional acting in 2015 playing a lead role Ryan in the independent film Front Cover, an LGBTQ romantic comedy that featured two Asian male leads. His performance received positive critical reviews. Choi received Best Actor nomination for his role while the movie was nominated for the Audience Award for Best Narrative Film at the Boston Asian American Film Festival; Best Film at the Chicago International Film Festival; and Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Feature Film at Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival.
He later made guest appearances on several television shows since 2015, including Broad City, Younger, and Hawaii 5-0. In 2018 he played a recurring role on HBO’s Succession.
Jake Choi Age/ Birthday
Jake’s real age is unknown although he celebrates his birthday on 14th January.
Jake Choi Ethnicity
Jake belongs to Korean-American ethnicity.
Jake Choi Education
During his high school he played in the AAU and after graduation, he moved to South Korea to play basketball at Yonsei University and subsequently played in the Korean Basketball League. He later returned to the United States to pursue acting joining Lee Strasberg Institute but he later dropped out due to the expense.
Jake Choi Single Parents
Choi is a series regular on ABC’s sitcom ‘Single Parents’ playing the role of Miggy, a 20-year-old single dad. The show follows single parents as they lean on each other to help raise their 7-year-old kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. When the parents in the group meet Will, a 30-something guy who’s been so focused on raising his daughter that he’s lost sight of who he is as a man, they see just how far down the rabbit hole of PTA, parenting and princesses he has gone. The friends decide to band together to get him out in the dating world and make him realize that being a great parent doesn’t mean sacrificing everything about his own identity.
Jake Choi The Sun Is Also A Star
Jake is set to play the role of Charlie Bae in the movie ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ which is an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon.
During an interview, Jake said that the role resonates with him as the character is also Korean American and from New York City. “It was great to play this role and be able to actually give feedback to how the character is. There’s this part of the movie where I suggest he actually speak Korean. If you had a non-Korean actor it wouldn’t be so nuanced. It’s in the ethnocentricity from actors of that background who can bring that authenticity to life.”
Jake Sexuality/ Gender Fluid
Jake identifies as gender fluid. During an interview Choi reflected on the 2015 film he starred in, Front Cover, where he played a closeted fashion stylist—a role that he says was “transformative.”
“Ever since I was young, all the images you saw around you, or at least for me, was catered towards heterosexuals. Very cis, very heterosexual. I was an athlete. When you’re an athlete everything is hypermasculine and hetero. That’s where you think you’re supposed to be and everything else is abnormal and you’re not supposed to do that. When I shot the movie I identified as straight – that’s how I was conditioned. Now, I identify as fluid.
Back when people questioned if I was gay after the [movie], I was like, ‘no, no.’ But after I did Front Cover, it made me think. A lot.” He wondered, “Am I really living my truth? Am I really free? Am I still kinda, swimming upstream?
Every day I would think, What does it mean when I’m talking to a guy and connect with him emotionally with intimate energy? Maybe it’s not just sexual, but it could be. Maybe, shit, I’m attracted to everything. Maybe it’s more feminine or more androgynous. I realized yeah, I’m fluid. It’s not black or white. It’s grey.
I feel honoured to represent groups of marginalized people. But the representation has to be truthful and real. It has to be authentic. I hope that I can continue playing–and living–that authenticity.”