Good Trouble's Sherry Cola on why Margaret Cho is an icon
On CNET's I'm So Obsessed podcast, actor, comedian and stand-up Cola discusses her Freeform show and her viral character, Lil' Tasty.
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For three seasons, Cola has starred as Alice in the Freeform series Good Trouble, which follows a diverse group of residents at a communal living space as they navigate their lives. The show hits on topics like work, love, friendship, social justice and queer rights. Alice manages the space while she pursues comedy. Cola was my guest on CNET's I'm So Obsessed, and she explained the appeal of her show.
"Good Trouble is a reflection of real life. Every single character is fighting for something big or small. Whether it be in the workplace, whether it be in a relationship, whether it be about social injustice and trying to change the wrongs in the world," said Cola. "There are so many layers in my character's journey, her struggle. She is a queer first-generation Chinese-American."
"Margaret Cho is the queen, the icon. Her sitcom back in the '90s was the very first sitcom about an Asian family on a broadcast network," said Cola. "I would watch her stand-up, and just think, 'Wow! This woman, this Asian woman, this queer Asian woman is so outspoken.' She's breaking the stereotype of what people think an Asian woman is. The stereotype is that we're quiet. We don't want to rock the boat. And Margaret completely broke that barrier."
You can listen to my entire conversation with Cola via the podcast player above, or on Apple Podcasts. She discusses stand-up, her love for Kobe Bryant, and what it's like to go viral.