Ali Wong is getting real about living a healthy life.
The comedian and “Always Be My Maybe” star is on the cover of Health magazine, talking about everything from her career to having a miscarriage.
Looking back on her early standup career, Wong says things have actually gotten more tame.
“It was very disgusting,” she says of her early jokes. ” It was all about sex. I had moved back from Vietnam and was single, living in San Francisco, and so horny. There were all these cute hipster men. It was fun. I would just go out with these guys and then talk about them on stage the next day. I would talk about their erectile dysfunction and stuff like that. If you can imagine, it was even dirtier than my [material] is now.”
Wong also discusses whether she was scared to speak publicly about going through a miscarriage.
“No. I remember hoping my husband’s parents wouldn’t be disappointed. It was this intrinsic concern,” she says. “I didn’t want them to feel like their son married a bad seed—and they didn’t feel that way; they were very supportive. And there was nothing that would indicate that they would ever think that way, but that’s where my mind immediately went. Yes. I didn’t realize miscarrying was a thing that could happen.
“That’s why I told everybody. I told the lady who cleans my house, and when she found out I was seven weeks along, she told me I shouldn’t be telling people. Now I know why. It’s because then you have to tell everyone the bad news. Some people have insensitive reactions. Like, they will ask if it’s because you had sushi or you were performing too much. They want to point to some cause and don’t realize how bad that makes you feel.
Meanwhile, Wong has also been very candid about needing help as a working mother.
“Because it’s so unfair,” she says. “Especially when some of these moms look so hot. J.Lo had twins; she’s 50 now, what the f**k?! It’s like, ‘B***h, spill the beans! Tell us the secret or let us know it’s not possible without resources.'”
Wong continues, “My girlfriends keep me grounded. They are real people who are working 60-hour weeks—they are public defenders, doctors, graphic designers. You get the picture. They work their asses off. So I want to be honest about how I am able to do everything I do.”