You’ve heard plenty of stories about actors who worked low-paying jobs before getting their big break. It wasn’t quite the same for Ken Jeong. Though he made his way through the Hollywood ranks through his work as a stand-up comedian, that was only his side gig. During the day, he was a practicing physician at a hospital in the suburbs of Los Angeles. But after appearing in Knocked Up, his acting career took off, and his role in the “Hangover” movies made him a bona fide star. More than a decade later, Jeong’s still thriving in show biz, and he told us it still feels kind of unbelievable that things worked out the way they did. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ken Jeong)

Jeong is currently starring in the movie Crazy Rich Asians, which is playing in theaters now.

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