"We Don't Exclude Any Color, Culture Or Creed. We Make Fun Of Everybody"

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Guest Star: "We Don't Exclude Any Color, Culture Or Creed. We Make Fun Of Everybody"

Monday, Nov 7, 2011 6:20PM

Written by SOHH for Paula Garces

[With A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opening at No. 3 with over $14 million at the box office, actress Paula Garces reflects on the cult franchise's growing popularity.]

I had no idea the films would become this big. When I was first given the script [to 2004's Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle], I was literally in just one scene in the whole script but I was laughing out loud.

I just couldn't believe it. I was thinking, "Oh my God, they're really going to give the leading role to an Asian and an Indian? And they're going to make the love of his life or the motivation for the movie a Latina? I'm down!" That was literally my first reason to be down for it.

And then it was well-written in the sense that yes, there's a lot of toilet humor. We don't exclude any color, culture or creed. We make fun of everybody. Every religion, every color, every culture. Everybody. We make sure that everybody is included in our humor, we make fun of ourselves, we laugh at each other and with you and for you. But as far as me ever thinking it would ever be accepted? It was literally a dream.

I prayed that people saw that not only was it funny, makes you laugh and that it's a stoner film but I also prayed that people would be courageous enough to say, "Hey, that's the real world we live in." Latinos don't just hang out with Latinos. Asians don't just hang out with Asians. Black people don't just hang out with Black people. We all intermix. That's the world young people are living in right now.

And yes Harold & Kumar does have stuff that's not necessarily a good idea for people to do but that's a reflection of how young people hang out. And I think it's important for people to see that on the big screen and the fact that it's making money gives us, minorities, hope that we do have economic power. So the more movies that have minorities in it or have minorities featured in it, the more they can make a lot of money and be accepted by people, the more the powers that be realize there should be more of us on screen.

That's the biggest reason why I'm proud of these films. There's scenes we're I'm saying, "Oh my God, I can't believe we said that or we did that," but it's the reality of the world we live in. And it's not that bad.

Paula Garces drew Hollywood's attention when she top lined Paramount's 2002 teen sci- fi adventure Clockstoppers starring opposite Jesse Bradford. In 2004 Ms. Garces was next seen opposite academy award winner Tommy Lee Jones in the Revolution Studios feature Man of the House and in New Line's hit comedy Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle. In 2008 she reprised her role as "Maria" in the hit sequel Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay. The third time is definitely a charm as Paula recently wrapped her infamous role as "Maria" in the third installment in 3D of the hit Harold and Kumar movie franchise.

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