Aziz Ansari‘s Master Of None has been a HUGE success since its debut last week!
However, it appears the thing that shocked the comedian the most from this whole experience is the new found respect he’s discovered for his father Shoukath Ansari.
In case you forgot, the 32-year-old had his own parents play his fictional parents for his semi-autobiographical Netflix show — and it was actually perfect!
My dad took off most of his vacation time for the year to act in Master of None. So I’m really relieved this all worked out. Tonight after we did Colbert together he said: “This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you.” I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have. I felt like a total piece of garbage for all the times I haven’t visited my parents and told them I wanted to stay in New York cause I’d get bored in SC. I’m an incredibly lucky person and many of you are as well. Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you too, just go do something nice for them. I bet they care and love you more than you realize. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Parents episode of our show. What’s strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE. In reality, I haven’t always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better. And if you have something like that with your family – I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life and I get terrified when my dad tells me about friends of his, people close to his age, that are having serious health issues, etc. Enjoy and love these people while you can. Anyway, this show and my experiences with my parents while working on it have been very important in many ways and I thank for you the part you all have played in it.A photo posted by @azizansari on Nov 11, 2015 at 8:43am PST
Still it was such a risky decision to cast his real life momma and poppa for his new show. Hey, big risks equal big rewards!
In a recent interview, Aziz noted:
“I think when you’re trying to get someone who’s a non-actor to do these things, the tricky part is teaching them to stop trying and to be very natural and not try to be funny. They picked up pretty fast.”
Well that’s good to hear. Snaps go out to the ENTIRE Ansari family!
[Image via HRC/WENN.]