John Cho at the 2013 Beat The Odds Awards

Posted on December 06, 2013

John Cho would like you to know he’s a detail-oriented team player whose worst fault is that he’s a perfectionist. Also, he thanks you for the opportunity to discuss his future at International Widgets, LLC.



John Cho attends the 23rd Annual Beat The Odds Awards hosted by Children’s Defense Fund-California in Beverly Hills, California.


We’re being bitches. It’s a nice enough suit (too tight, though) and he’s at a charity event. He looks cute, even if he does look like he can’t wait to get away from the cameras so he can unbutton his jacket and stop sucking in his stomach.

Still, are we so awful for wanting to point out how welcome a red tie would be here?

Also, since he’s some sort of continuing Special Guest Star, feel free to discuss Sleepy Hollow here, because we never seem to get around to reviewing it like we promised we would. We’ll say this: it’s a really fun show which occasionally gets a little formulaic in its story structure. The real draw is the gleeful silliness of the story (it’s a lot like modern Doctor Who in that way) and the cast, who are all selling the  shit out of that gleeful silliness. But we have yet to get drawn into the show’s mythology. It’s fun to observe and like we said, everyone’s selling it, but it all feels a bit unfocused. That’s not a terrible sin for a first season, so it’ll be interesting to see how the show evolves. Certainly the [SPOILER] revelation that Ichabod had a son and Abbie’s ancestor delivered him opens up all kinds of avenues. By the way, Katrina’s the absolute weakest part of the show; both the character and the actress. Let’s get her out of the story pronto so Ichabod and Abbie can stare at each other longingly.





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  • I do like him, but I wish he’d get his eyebrows tidied up just the tiniest bit.

    • Asian brows man, they grow sparse and wide.

      • kimmeister

        Sigh. I’m ok leaving the house without a drop of makeup, EXCEPT I have to at least fill in my eyebrows a bit.

  • filmcricket

    Nothing to do with Sleepy Hollow, which I do intend to watch at some point, but back when the latest Star Trek poledance was happening, I opined that I wanted John Cho and Harry Shum, Jr., to do some kind of Bond/Bourne spy-action thriller together. I still think someone should get on that. Further fan-casting of this film would include Jenna Ushkowitz and Darren Criss as the Q-esque nerds who work in the office, and Lucy Liu as the M-figure.

    Hollywood, I await your cheque. Oh, John, you look cute if dull.

    • Blair Sylvester

      that idea is awesome

    • Be really careful saying Star Trek and Q in the same paragraph. I mean, I know you didn’t intend to almost excite me, but you’ve been warned now.

      • filmcricket

        Hee, sorry about that. I’m not a Trek fan, so to me that guy is always “Al Keefer, horrible pollster on The West Wing.”

        • AnotherG

          He’ll always be Eugene from 80s Days of Our Lives to me. Well, when he’s not being Q.

    • Loramir

      We need some Bitter Kittens to start writing screenplays. You guys come up with the best movie ideas. I would watch the heck out of Sexy Secret Agent John Cho. Plus Lucy Liu. She would be perfect for that kind of role.

      • filmcricket

        I would too! I can’t write screenplays, but I would be a damn good casting director, if I do say so myself.

    • decormaven

      That is a stellar idea. From your lips to Hollywood’s ear…

    • JasmineAM

      Can we also throw in Lee Byung-hun?

    • sfo2kids

      Plus, Russell Wong and/or Dean Cain as the older bureaucrat/military head of some related department (a la Ralph Fienne’s character in the most recent Bond film).

    • fursa_saida

      I recently saw someone make a case for John Cho as Indiana Jones, and I am super on board with that idea. I don’t know why I can picture it so easily, but I can.

      I just love him so much. The amount of shade he threw at JJ Abrams over the Khan casting alone would keep him in my heart forever.

  • gabbilevy

    Love John Cho and his Sleepy Hollow character. And everything about Sleepy Hollow. It’s just so. much. fun.

    • conniemd

      Um yeah and the actor who plays Ichabod Crane is unbelievably hawt. I have the urge to hit pause and just stare at a still of his unbelievably beautiful bedroom eyes, but then I wouldn’t hear his voice and accent.

      As to John Cho. Dark suit – check, white shirt – check. Monochrome dark tie – check. Yawn.

    • Bridget Smith

      The problem is that now I can’t stop seeing wrinkly neck-skin on John Cho, even when – as here – it demonstrably DOES NOT EXIST. Stop it, brain, you’re messing up a cute guy.

      • snarkykitten

        I thought I was the only one!

  • Diego!

    He looks as if he is struggling to breath… that waist is way too tight!

  • Jessica Freeman

    All I can think of is Chris Farley “Fat Guy In a Little Coat”. And John Cho is no fat guy, the coat fit is unacceptable.

    • ashtangajunkie

      Awesome Farley reference! 🙂

  • Alexis Boucher

    Sleepy Hollow is silly and fun and I’m enjoying the heck out of it. I was surprised that I saw Tom Mison ages ago in “Lost in Austen”. He looks so different and… well, really hot in this show.

    • not_Bridget

      Tom Mison was also in Parade’s End. He played Potty Perowne…and didn’t look a bit like Ichabod Crane or Bingley. (He made quite an excellent Bingley, though.)

      • Alexis Boucher

        I have had Parade’s End on my list to watch for a while due to Cumberbatch. This takes it to a new level!

      • julnyes

        Ha, I did not recognize him at all.

  • Kimmu

    He gets a pass for being flawless in his Star Trek poledancing about just how unhappy he was about Khan being whitewashed

    • Sobaika

      I always liked him, but that made me LOVE him. He does not suffer fools.

      • Kimmu

        Yeah, seeing how many fucks he did not give about who he pissed off while confronting the issue really made me love him. It’s such a shame the cast of the Star Trek reboot are all so great, but the franchise itself is so horribly racist and sexist. Ugh.

  • MilaXX

    Best dead guy ever! I love Sleepy Hollow. Every silly bit of it.

    • tereliz

      “The answer is in George Washington’s Bible!!”

      I love how conflicted he plays the dead cop/demon minion.

      And I don’t care how he looks in the above pic, he can fiddle with my widgets anytime.

      • MilaXX

        I know, poor thing always apologizing for the badness he’s bringing.

      • fursa_saida

        I would marry the man in a second. Hot and funny.

  • misstressofsylar

    I love him. I love him as Mr. Sulu. I love him as the awesome dead guy in Sleepy Hollow. I was all WTF?! when they killed off his character. (why get John Cho when you’re gonna kill him in the first episode) The he came back as the most awesome zombie ever!

  • JuliaInBlack

    Congratulations, Mr. Cho. The job is yours and you start this evening – cocktails are at eight. (I have not seen Sleepy Hollow but he also played an awesome dead guy back on an episode of Charmed, forever ago, which is where I first fell for him.)

    • kimmeister

      I even liked him in that one episode of How I Met Your Mother!

  • PastryGoddess

    John Cho would also like you to know that he is 41 going on 16. Next season he’s going to be guest starring on Glee as a freshman.

    • 41. It is amazing. He could actually play himself as a teen to an old man and hardly need any alterations to his makeup.

  • Tai Marshall

    ” By the way, Katrina’s the absolute weakest part of the show; both the character and the actress. Let’s get her out of the story pronto so Ichabod and Abbie can stare at each other longingly.”

    Truer have never been spoken.

    • Bridget Smith

      I wish they worked a little harder to make the character look less modern. I mean, that hair color has never existed in nature.

    • tereliz

      I agree. She’s nothing more than a plot device/info-dump character. Is she in Purgatory? Can she ever come out of it? Does anyone care? Seriously, I was totally unmoved by her refusal of another man because she loved Ichy. I mean, who WOULDN’T?

    • misstressofsylar

      But i don’t want Ichy and Abby to fall for each other. I love their friendship, wonderfully demonstrated during that scene where Abby was teaching Ichy how to heckle at a baseball game. Between them and Holmes and Watson in Elementary, I’m happy how producers don’t necessarily feel the need to make their lead characters be a couple.

      • Whever

        While it is nice seeing a platonic couple as the leads, it’s just a bit disappointing that that lot always seems to fall to WoC roles.

        • misstressofsylar

          It’s not like these shows ever presented them as unattractive. Joan gets a lot of action (with Mycroft no less) and Abby has 2 guys going for her (the other being Mr. Zombie Cop). I don’t think it’s a matter of color, it might just be a coincidence.Just count me as someone who’s tired of all those will they-won’t they relationships that tend to dominate plotlines, like Rachel and Ross.

          • beck0974

            It’s not about whether or not they’re presented as unattractive. It’s about why these two very attractive women wouldn’t attract the attention of the men with whom they spend the majority of time. It doesn’t make sense. And no, it’s not a coincidence. It’s a concerted effort by the media to place WOC, specifically black women, in the role of platonic friend. Google black women as friend tropes. There are numerous examples that negate any suggestion that it’s all coincidental.

          • ampg

            While I’m not arguing at all with the general overuse of the black-woman-as-friend trope, I really think this is a different situation. I’m a few episodes behind, but unless the ones I haven’t seen go in a completely different direction, they really seem to be pushing a Scully/Mulder “unlikely lovers” dynamic. One of my favorite things about the show is that they would put a black female lead in this type of relationship.

  • Anna_Cecilia

    His expression in the last photo reminds me of when I was a bridesmaid at my cousin’s wedding and had to wear a dress with corsetry and laced up in the back. It didn’t deter me from the hors d’oeuvres and scalloped potatoes. The result? That same expression.

    Coloured tie and pocket square would’ve been nice. Still, he’s cute!

  • Tricia

    He’s adorable. He looks good in that suit, even if it is kinda boring.

  • giddypony

    I am so grateful he doesn’t look like he rolled down a hill, his hair is washed and he doesn’t have neckbeard I don’t care any the color scheme. He looks wonderful.

  • SugarSnap108

    A pop-o-color tie should be a no-brainer here. He’s adorbs, though.

  • Tatiana Luján

    What is the show about?
    He looks hot and I really like the shape of his (too tight) jacket.

    • julnyes

      Pulled from Fox’s website:

      In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE
      (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two
      and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all
      the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the
      infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day
      Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just
      the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four
      Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that
      Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.

      Ichabod finds himself in 2013’s Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he
      no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt.
      ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “The Good Wife,” “Shame”), a young
      cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a
      mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now
      is seeping into this once-sleepy town.

      But it is really just campy silliness, awesome diverse cast and so much Ichabob / Abbie UST… also Ichabob complaining about modern life!

      • Tatiana Luján

        It does sound wonderfully silly, thanks!

        • tereliz

          The chemistry and the script are the best parts. You kind of just have to let the plots flow over you. It’s a little too campy to take itself too seriously, which is a big part of the appeal.

          Plus, it’s so refreshing to see Orlando Jones, John Cho, Nichole Beharie (who is as talented as she is freaking gorgeous) as characters who just happen to be black/Korean. OH, plus Amandla Stenberg (sp?) plays the daughter Jones’ character (Captain IRVING) and she just eats up the scenery when she’s on camera.

          The part where Irving and Abby try to tell Ichy about Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson is just priceless.

          • Tatiana Luján

            I watched the first episode in my luch hour. Great chemistry between the actors, the story is fun and Tom Mison’s accent is to die for.

  • marlie

    Love, love, LOVE Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod and Abby’s relationship is by far the best thing about it, and I sort of love the fact that it’s purely platonic. The characters have developed a genuine friendship and affection for each other, and I’m not ready to see that changed by sexual tension.

    As for John here, the jacket is too tight, but I really like the cut of it. And I don’t know about a red tie (red, white and blue?), but he could have gone with ANY other color and it would have been an improvement over the black one.

  • rebeemoon

    Sleepy Hollow? Tom Mison. YUM. That is all.

  • Agreed with everything you said about Sleepy Hollow. They should’ve held on to the mystery of the Four Horsemen for much longer, right now it seems they overloaded the show with too much mythology too early on, so every episode I’m constantly wondering “Uh, how is this going to stop the Apocalypse?” And yes, get rid of Katrina and more of Jenny, please!

  • Kirstin McAulay

    mmmm… Ichabod Crane….. sorry was there fashion here?

  • girliecue

    Runway ready – no, but red carpet ready -sure. Even when playing a dead guy John Cho is cute! Love almost everything about Sleepy Hollow, especially all the yummy male actors. The only dark cloud that hangs above the show is my jealousy that Nicole Beharie is Michael Fassbender’s girlfriend. If I’m not hitting that then no one should be allowed to!

    • not_Bridget

      She & Fassbender broke up some time ago. Tom Mison dated Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow) for a few years–a few years ago….

      • girliecue

        Good to know! Because my chances are so good with either of them….. 😉

  • formerlyAnon

    I suspect his wife doesn’t have to run a double-checking eye over him before leaving the house for a big event.

    • martha

      He’s married? 🙁 (ha… like I had a chance!)

      • formerlyAnon

        I have a vague remembrance of a wife. I’d say “maybe not anymore/I’m wrong,” because irrational hope, why not? But there’s a ring visible in the top picture, I think. (well, yeah. I could google. But that would be like admitting i’m spending time on these thoughts.)

        • fursa_saida

          He definitely has a kid, I dunno if he and the mother are currently together or not.

  • StelledelMare

    He looks good. Glad they’ve been covering up his character’s neck on the show because, jeez that thing is always tough to look at. I was instantly in love with Sleepy Hollow from episode 1. I have been saying for a long time that Katrina is just a throw away character, not just because I crave Ichabod and Abbie getting together (I do love their current relationship too though, it’s the best) but really because when she’s around she’s so unhelpful. “I have something to tell you”…but I’m going to stare at you in silence for like 10 seconds and not actually tell you this thing that’s apparently super important. She was hardly in the show in the first few episodes and now she’s featured much more heavily and it’s completely out of nowhere. They didn’t set up her character well at all and now it’s just frustrating having her around because of that. So yeah, get rid of her, more Jenny and more Irving and we’ll be set. Sorry, that was more ranty than I expected.

    • tereliz

      MORE JENNY! Especially more about Jenny’s background with the mentor cop Clancy Brown character.

  • pookiesmom

    LOVE Sleepy Hollow. My favorite show this season by FAR. And I agree 100% about getting Katrina out of the way so Ichy and Abbie can begin the long, multi-season process of true wuv. Although it is kinda brilliant to use Katrina as a believable obstacle for them getting it on immediately. better than a lot of contrived TV “it cannot be” tropes.

  • Jangle57

    Love Sleepy Hollow though I find I have to pay attention to what’s happening unlike some other shows where you don’t have to give it your full attention and can still follow what’s happening. Love the relationship between Ichabod and Abbie; I thought Tom Mison was hot in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (great movie, lousy name) but didn’t realize it was the same guy at first, he looks that much different here and hotter if that’s possible……

  • Loramir

    You guys summed up my thoughts on Sleepy Hollow pretty well. I watched the pilot and part of the second episode. I love the main characters and their relationship. I love that they gave the show a strong and believable black female lead. Tom Mison is gorgeous. But the whole plot/mythology just didn’t grab me. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot as the story developed. So I mostly just enjoy it via Tumblr gifsets of the funny moments. I’m the same with Supernatural. I like the actors and characters but the crazy plots turn me off, so I stick to being kind of a second-hand fan.

  • M_E_S

    I’ve been totally loving Sleepy Hollow, and at least 50% of that is Orlando Jones and his involvement in the fandom. The man is a gem.

    The other 50% is Tom Mison and Ichabod and Abbie’s interactions. The bit where Ichabod discovers the Internet/webcams was comedy GOLD.

  • Tracey Magyar

    Love Sleepy Hollow. Fun show!

  • J. Preposterice

    Oh, Sleepy Hollow. You are made entirely of cheesy glee, except for the occasional bit of surprisingly effective horror (the house episode, I was so scared, aiee).

  • Imasewsure

    Yes doesn’t look like a banker since it’s a nicer cut to the suit but still dull… Pop boys Pop with the ties… we need something to catch our hungry little eyes (aside from the cute guy)

  • Eva_baby

    Oh, John Cho…how I love his poor dead Andy Brooks who sold his soul to the devil and then became a human doing an impression of a Pez dispenser (seriously, that scene where they broke his neck, YIKES!!). And who, despite his Demon Boss, is tortuously in love with Abbie and trying to protect her. He hasn’t been on screen a lot but he is selling the HELL out of it.

    They all are really, Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison are chemistry lightning in a bottle. Their partnership is utterly fantastic. And yes, Katrina is like a record scratch. The character has not been deployed well.

    The show really knows how to cast well. Not only with Nicole and Tom, but Orlando Jones, Lynndie Greenwood, Amandla Sternberg, James Frain and John Noble. And now they’ve added Victor Garber as Ichabod’s father.

  • JauntyJohn

    John Cho: Great energy, really enjoy his work. The suit jacket has some interesting detail when you look closely, which elevates it for me quite a bit.

    Sleepy Hollow: I keep being surprised how much I like it. Couldn’t agree more, the cast is working their collective asses off to land the material. The chemistry between the two leads is really quite good, and I appreciate they shied away from a Scully/Mulder dynamic once the story got rolling. There are some great moments from Ichabod’s fish-out-of-century situation (it was true comedy when he threw away the gun she gave him after shooting it once because he thought there was only one bullet in it). He is every inch the skinny english dreamboat (I like him with the long hair, keep it please) and she manages to balance grit and sass (no easy thing) quite well.

    • kimmeister

      I love the lapel on that jacket in all of its notchlessness.

  • Mismarker

    He looks very cute here.

    Sleepy Hollow is delightful, delightful, delightful! X-Files meets Liberty’s Kids. I agree that Katrina is beyond boring and she and Ichabod have zero chemistry. Like worse than Stephen Moyer and Carrie Underwood in last night’s SOML!. She needs to get gone but quick so we can focus on the real stars of the show, thankyouverymuch. You could maybe review some episodes now that The Walking Dead is off until Feb.? : ) Just a thought!

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    John Cho is talented and adorable, even in a boring suit. LOVE Sleepy Hollow! Agree that Katrina is weak, Mison is hunky and has great chemisty with Nicole Beharie, who is one of the best actresses I’ve had the pleasure of watching in a long time. That show works because her slender shoulders and big, soulful eyes carry it along every episode.

  • Glam Dixie

    That is one distractingly large forehead.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Have loved him since Better Luck Tomorrow.

    Kirk: What is your martial arts specialty?
    Sulu: Fencing.

  • He’s much too cute for banker drag. Bummer.

  • Fred Vaughn

    I’ll be the outlier, because this particular tightness is beautiful on him.

  • John looks fine for the function. He’s one of several cute cuties on SH. Even if the plot throws in everything–including the kitchen sink–at times, I enjoy watching the hot dudes. I was a little disappointed that Clancy Brown didn’t have a bigger role. Love me some Clancy.