Kal Penn Leaving “House” For The White House
Kal will be the associate director in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs — a similar job he had while campaigning for Obama last year, the actor explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old actor is perhaps best known for his character Dr. Kutner, who committed suicide on Monday night’s edition of House. Kal says he decided to leave the show so he could spend time working on his newfound passion.
“I was incredibly honored a couple of months ago to get the opportunity to go work in the White House. I got to know the president and some of the staff during the campaign and had expressed interest in working there, so I’m going to be the associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison,” Penn said.
The actor’s new position will focus on doing outreach activities to help connect the general public and The White House. “I’ve been thinking about [moving into politics] for a while. I love what I do as an actor. I couldn’t love it more. But probably from the time I was a kid, I really enjoyed that balance between the arts and public service.”