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'House' Star Charlyne Yi Pisses Off Hugh Laurie By Revealing His Nickname

Date October 10, 2011
Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park, 'House' 'House' might have been in prison for last week's premiere, but tonight he'll be busting out to help out the gang back at Princeton Plainsboro with a very interesting case.

We've already met Odette Annable's new character. Dr. Jessica Adams (read AOL TV's exclusive interview here), but she isn't the only fresh face around: Charlyne Yi makes her

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Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park, 'House' 'House' might have been in prison for last week's premiere, but tonight he'll be busting out to help out the gang back at Princeton Plainsboro with a very interesting case.

We've already met Odette Annable's new character. Dr. Jessica Adams (read AOL TV's exclusive interview here), but she isn't the only fresh face around: Charlyne Yi makes her 'House' debut tonight, and her Dr. Chi Park is not your typical TV doc.

I caught up with Yi -- who's best known for a bit part in 'Knocked Up,' her indie screenwriting debut 'Paper Heart' and some comedic storytelling and song-singing on late night TV shows -- to hear more about her character, her adjustment to life on series television and which star she honestly thought hated her on her first day at 'House.'

She also gave away a possible on-set nickname for star Hugh Laurie, who's the Martin to her Lewis ... or maybe vice versa.

I'm excited to see you on TV.
Thanks! I hope other people are, too ... and I hope I am too, because I don't know what my acting is like.

It's a way different schedule -- are you ready for that?
No, I am not ready, but I am taking it one day at a time -- hour by hour, minute by minute. It is crazy, but so fun. I wouldn't do it if it wasn't fun.

You're a comedian, so is you character stealing all the funny punchlines from House?
Oh yeah -- all mine! All my punchlines! [Laughs] I feel like it's like Martin and Lewis -- there's always funny to both sides, the straight man and the goofy one. I think there are funny situations this season around all the characters, not just Hugh's.

How do we meet Chi Park? What's her specialty?
I actually can't say! Her specialty is being really cool ... and smart ... she has like a really big brain, but like a small physical head. Kind of perfect features.

[Laughs] What's her medical specialty?
Neurology.

Charlyne Yi & Odette Annable, 'House'

Who have you gotten to spend the most time with on the show?
Hugh, Odette and Omar [Epps]. Omar is really funny. I thought he hated me the first day just because I was sucking so bad. [Laughs] I explained to him, "I'm new to this, and I don't know how to memorize lines, I improvise most of the time. I'm sorry." And he was like, "Oh, it's cool." I was just being self-conscious.

What's something behind the scenes at 'House' that fans don't know?
Hugh likes to be called Hubert. [Laughs] No, he doesn't ... man, he'll be pissed if I tell people that!

Was there a lot of hazing for you two new girls?
Just a lot of teasing in general -- all around constant teasing and playfulness.


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