Aaron Yoo (The Tomorrow People, Hawaii 5-0, Disturbia, 21, Everything Before Us) hops on the phone with Nick from his apartment in New York City, and the old Rocket Science pals share memories from 15 years ago and chat NYC Covid-19 before jumping into Aaron's unique relationship to religion, and Christianity in particular... While five months pregnant with him, Aaron's mother suffered a terrifying automobile accident, and her doctors did not believe the baby would survive. A father's pledge to God and a son's miracle survival would set the foundational tension for a young boy who would grow up both a "Pastor's Kid" and a curious skeptic. Aaron speaks about this tension with deep love for his family, and love even for Christianity, but his distaste for the structure of religion and his interests in other philosophical thought remain clear. It's a wide-ranging discussion, as well as funny, generous and revealing. It was a joy to catch up with him, and learn more about an old friend.
Who knows how many times I'll do this in the future, but this episode was the first one where I forgot to ask my guest what he had for breakfast! So as not to deprive you, here it is, straight from Aaron:
"I had sourdough toast with butter and sunflower butter. And some pumpkin granola with almond milk. That’s my go to breakfast. (My wife) turned me on to sunflower butter back when we started dating and I’ve never looked back. It puts peanut and almond butter to shame." Dammit. I missed a good one.
And for those of you lucky enough to have seen him during his Off-Broadway run of THE HEADLANDS by Christopher Chen, Aaron has been nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award!
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Music by Sean Whalen, Art by Alexandra Delano