10/05/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT
>• "My year has been crazy, outsized and extra-large," says the Harold & Kumar actor, 37. On the heels of playing Sulu in the hit film Star Trek, Cho stars as an FBI agent in the new ABC drama FlashForward, about an event that causes the whole planet to black out and experience a brief glimpse into their future.
AFTER ALL THOSE COMEDIES, HOW DO YOU LIKE BEING AN ACTION HERO?
There are new skills, like handling guns, which is just neat because it's something you don't know.
HOW'S WORKING WITH COSTAR JOSEPH FIENNES?
He loves to deliver awful jokes, and it's very endearing.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE RESPONSE TO STAR TREK?
I'm a new dad and haven't been going out much, but when I do, it's pretty startling. Part of the attraction to do Star Trek was to be in the kind of project I used to go gaga for when I was a kid. Seeing kids go crazy when they meet me is pretty special.
AND IT'S NICE NOT TO BE CALLED "HAROLD," RIGHT?
For a while I thought I was going to be "MILF-guy" [from American Pie] for the rest of my life! So "Harold," an actual name, was a huge upgrade. I was perfectly happy going to the grave as Harold, so it's all gravy now.
YOU AND WIFE KERRI HIGUCHI HAD A SON. HOW'S FATHERHOOD?
He's 16 months old. Being a dad changes the DNA of your life. But he seems smarter than me, and better looking, I might add!