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This45 The 20-year-old actor talks to THR about his new vacation in the Disney+ series opposite Tim Allen.

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Santa Claus – Disney’s “Santa Claus” stars Kal Penn as Simon Choksi. Disney/Justin Stephens

in like American Horror Story back-to-back turns in such haunting projects and smile , Kal Penn Coming to the small screen Opposite Santa Claus in the family friendly holiday series Tim Allen. In the (currently airing) Disney+ series, the entertainment industry veteran plays a frustrated entrepreneur who juggles ambitious business goals and the demands of fatherhood. The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Penn on Zoom about why he Signing, what it’s like to play opposite a young actor who plays a very old elf and his character really Yes.

When you encounter this situation, you are right Santa Franchise?

very familiar. The first Santa movie came out when I was in high school Yes, so I’m a little older than those who rarely watch it. Meaning, I wasn’t eight years old playing Hungry Hungry Hippos but it did get added to the list of Christmas movies I watched growing up like Home Alone, A Christmas Story and National Lampoon’s Christmas Holiday . Jason Weiner is one of our executive producers and directors, and we worked together a few years ago on a film called [National Lampoon’s Van WilderDisneys The Santa Clauses movie of]. He emailed me and said, “Hey, I’d like to send you a script for a top-secret holiday show. Let me know what you think. There might be a part of it for you.” As soon as I read it, I thought it might be Sequel to Santa’s movie. So yes, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I didn’t even need to read the other five episodes. I’m very, very excited.

I like Van Wilder To the family holiday series about Santa on Disney+…

I know, that’s a big jump, right?

I didn’t know I’d seen you play the father before. How was that experience?

Cool. I like to joke about how messy it is to prepare scenes, because for example, my character Simon has scenes 45 The sprite is 1, 400 age. In your mind, you think I have a scene that is 1, 78-years old, but then you went to work, it was a bunch of – obviously playing with the age of the elves. But they’re smart, and they’re good. We have a great cast. But something creepy happened when they announced the break, a door slid open on the soundstage and suddenly, it was – there are palm trees out there and all these kids with creepy pointy ears and these creepy People restless elf shoes are walking around. It feels weird out of context. Take me back to the North Pole where everything is healthy and magical and beautiful.

Disneys The Santa Clauses I’m out of time. Can you directly document the roles you play? I know you’re a dad/entrepreneur from previous episodes, but according to your credits on IMDb it says “Simon/Santa”. During your recent appearance on Live With Kelly and Ryan you called your The character is a bad guy. So, who is Simon?

I would say my character Simon Choxie is a Tim Allen When the Santa Claus in the pen decides to retire, Santa Claus will recruit many people to interview them so that they can become the process of replacing Santa Claus. Simon happens to have the same initials, SC, but I’ll keep that because his arc also reveals more about his relationship with his daughter and rediscovers the true meaning of Christmas.

Interview edited for length and clarity.

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Kal Penn and Rupali Redd appear in a scene from Disney’s The Santa Clauses . Disney/James Clarke THR Newsletter 2022

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