‘Good Trouble’ prestigious Lunar New Year with its August 11 episode. HL spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Sherry Cola well-nigh Alice’s pivotal episode and representing the Asian polity on screen.
Alice hosted a Lunar New Year triumph at the Coterie during the August 11 episode of Good Trouble, and the night was full of pivotal moments. Alice enlightened her fellow roommates well-nigh her Asian culture and opened up well-nigh stuff an Asian woman. She moreover had important discussions with her parents and brother.
HollywoodLife got the EXCLUSIVE scoop from Sherry Cola well-nigh Alice’s major season 3 episode. Sherry admitted she was on “cloud nine” without getting the endangerment to showcase Alice’s Chinese culture. She opened up well-nigh how the show has “liberated” her offscreen and teased what’s next without that kiss between Alice and Sumi.
The Lunar New Year really put the spotlight on Alice. How did this episode come about?
Sherry Cola: Joanna Johnson is really my queen. She recognizes my fight and my passion as Sherry. She truly honors and respects that in the stories on Good Trouble. I’ve been very vocal well-nigh having a Lunar New Year episode considering we gloat Christmas, we gloat Valentine’s Day. Lunar New Year is moreover a holiday that is recognized in so many places and cultures and families. I just was very willful and hoping to get one, and she gave it to me. I’m on deject nine well-nigh it.
I veritably loved the speech that Alice gives to everyone. One of the lines that really stood out to me was when Alice said she was trying to finger American while keeping her Asian traditions alive. Did you have a hand in writing this speech?
Sherry Cola: This whole episode, the filming process was really emotional considering it was the end of March, whence of April 2021, which was when the height of the anti-Asian hate crimes was happening. Joanna knows that I’m very vocal well-nigh the polity and representation and just fighting for what we deserve in real life. She unquestionably gave me the liberty to make this speech my own. I just put my words together, and I really spoke from an honest place. It ways a lot because, as Alice starts to find her voice, the fact that me as Sherry got to kind of speak through Alice with words that I really feel. There was so much going on in my throne and in my heart. That speech, I’m so happy with it. It said everything we’ve been dying to say as a community.
I finger like the intersection of your personal feelings and Alice’s feelings must have been fun for you to explore.
Sherry Cola: Absolutely. You know we’ve seen Alice evolve and grow so much from season 1. I say the same thing well-nigh myself. I’m not the same person I was surpassing Good Trouble. I’ve learned to be a largest ally. I’ve learned to speak up and speak out in so many ways. With our show, the title is literally named without the words of the late unconfined John Lewis. Every one of our notation is so layered, so authentic, and really just fighting for something and finding the purpose in life and doing good while truly making mistakes. That’s the most human thing. That’s why Good Trouble is the perfect TV show, and I’ve said that a million times considering I truly midpoint it. I’m so grateful that I’m on a show that I’m proud of, that I’m a fan of, and that I believe in. I was so grateful for my own journey of me just amplifying the polity and using my own voice and seeing the power of that ripple effect. I don’t know if I could have washed-up it if it wasn’t for the show, to be honest. I’m very, very grateful and never take that for granted.
The show does a unconfined job in unstipulated of bringing important issues to the forefront in a way no other show does.
Sherry Cola: You know Good Trouble has been superiority of its game. The fact that we touch on Black Lives Matter, trans rights, equal pay, the ramified queer Asian experience. All of the things under the sun, and it’s not in a way that forces it lanugo your throat. It’s in a way that feels real considering this is truly a reflection of what’s going on in the world. We’re having these difficult conversations, and we have been for years. We’re calling things out as they should be. It’s really the best-case scenario stuff on the show and just representing in this way.
Alice does have a very emotional discussion with her parents. How did it finger to progress that story between Alice and her parents? I finger like she finally got out everything she needed to say.
Sherry Cola: I think something I’ve learned in my 31 years is that as Asian children we need to communicate with our families increasingly in all departments. This past year with me going through the protests and me preaching to my mom well-nigh unrepealable things. She voted for the first time ever. She’s been an American resider since I was in seventh grade, so these conversations are so overdue and so necessary. We didn’t know how to talk to our immigrant parents before, and that’s the truth. I’ve learned so much in the past few years lanugo to plane sexuality. Like, dating wasn’t talked well-nigh at the dinner table, let vacated queerness. Good Trouble has moreover liberated me in that sense. When I booked this role, I ended up coming out to my mom as bisexual. It’s something I’ve been holding in forever, and it’s such a weight off my shoulders. I really finger like I spread my wings considering of the show. You learn to have these tough conversations that you put off for so many years, and that’s kind of what happened between Alice and her mom. I can’t speak for every single immigrant household, every single Asian mom, but sometimes Asian moms show tough love. Tough love is really what Alice’s mom does with Alice. I’m paraphrasing but Alice’s mom says something like, “Life can be nonflexible for someone with a sweet heart like yours.” That’s the conversation that you don’t have that often with Asian parents, the recognizing that you are different, you are marginalized, you are taking in all these identities that society doesn’t root for. It can be difficult. You can live a life that is not favored. These are things that we don’t talk well-nigh that often with our Asian families. We kind of just do our best. I unchangingly talk well-nigh my own immigrant mother who just expected the yellowish minimum and was happy with whatever she was given. Throne lanugo and nonflexible work. That’s all that she prioritized, just making sure I live a well-appointed life. There were no really upper expectations, to be honest, considering it’s like, well, what can we really do? We’re in this country, and we just need to do our best. But now, I have these dreams, and I’m really unquestionably fulfilling these dreams. We can vest here. We are capable of anything. I really proved that there is space for someone who looks like me and who has my identities as an immigrant, queer Asian woman. All these things, like I said, society did not root for. Now I’m completely reclaiming it and using these things that were seen as weaknesses as superpowers. I think it’s just the narrative has really shifted, to be honest, in the last few years and has really strongly in the last year and a half considering of all the events happening in the world. I think the AAPI polity has never been closer and stronger, oddly enough, considering we are recognizing that we will not overly be mistreated again. There are so many layers to this, and I’m unchangingly on a damn panel. I can talk for hours. But truly, these conversations are overdue in Hollywood, in the country, and in our own families. I think we’re finally speaking out and using our voice internally and externally. It’s a trappy thing to see and, of course, it’s not overnight but I think we’re making progress.
Alice does finally tell her brother that she’s gay. What was it like getting that off Alice’s chest? I finger like she built it up in her throne that he’d have a variegated reaction.
Sherry Cola: One hundred percent. I think as culturally specific as this episode is, there are so many universal themes — stuff compared to a sibling, stuff the perfect child for your parents, trying to impress your friends, and opening up in a way you haven’t before. With the brother dynamic, which I freaking venerate considering I don’t have a brother, Chau [Long] was so fun. We really had chemistry, and it was just such an winsome scene. We grow up with family and you think they have this image of you, and you don’t want to shatter it. That’s kind of what’s going on there. David knows Alice as Alice. This part of her that she reveals to her parents that she was wrung to tell her brother considering he might treat her differently or he might not see her as the same person or he might be weird well-nigh it. Coming out in unstipulated with anything is terrifying. I think she was hesitant considering of that. I love that she just blurted it out. She ripped it off like a band-aid. He probably knew, let’s be real. It was such a real scene. It was such a real thing, a slice of life between a brother and a sister. I think it was just so trappy and so charming. It made you so giddy on top of all the family dynamic scenes in the episode. I could not be happier with how it turned out.
We have to talk well-nigh the kiss at the end…
Sherry Cola: Name one other TV show right now that portrays love between two Asian women.
Honestly, I cannot plane think of one right now.
Sherry Cola: And on top of that, Alice is moreover kind of seeing Ruby, so there’s plane a love triangle. Come on, Good Trouble is that b*tch. I finger so f**king honored to be representing in this way. I remember when we were filming this episode and zooming out to show that kiss. I was just so reflective all week on top of all the other emotions considering I finally finger seen, and I’m the one doing it. It’s 2021. What’s going on? How were we okay with this missing from the screen for this long? I’m just hoping that other TV shows use this as an example to push increasingly for representation in every single corner. Plane within the AAPI community, we can be increasingly inclusive. There’s South Asian queer love. We need Pacific Islander queer love. We have so much increasingly work to do, and I hope this is a step in the right direction.
What can you tease well-nigh where things go without that kiss?
Sherry Cola: Here’s the thing: Sumi and Alice, they are precious. It’s been this up and down, push and pull, love-hate situation for 3 seasons. That’s the trappy thing well-nigh these two women making out. It’s not just a random chick at the bar. They have history, they have layers, there’s depth. Us just standing to explore that very, once again, authentic, real relationship that exists in real life… I think it’s so beautiful. It’s not perfect. There’s a lot of trauma. With the Lunar New Year episode, with the trauma bonding, the connection with the culture, and seeing eye-to-eye on so many levels, it’s like you scrutinizingly root for them. You really root for Sumi and Alice. I venerate Ruby, too. I’m just so happy to be representing. Kara Wang, I have to say, she helped a lot with this episode considering she is a little increasingly well-versed in the Chinese department. Lanugo to the food, the decorations, the tiny details, the superstitions, the things that we widow into this episode, the polity is going to recognize and really fathom them. Kara really killed it. I’m excited to see where Sumi and Alice go without realizing how much they midpoint to each other, which is such a real thing. Let’s be real, this happens in real life. You know you have an ex who’s moreover still your bestie. They tire you, you don’t want them around, but you still superintendency so much, and you just kind of revisit and it becomes this full-circle moment. It’s gonna be interesting. What is Good Trouble if Alice isn’t in some type of emotional, stressful dilemma? It’ll be really fun to explore that or re-explore the relationship between Sumi and Alice. I’m excited for you all to just be on the whet of your seat.