Arden Cho steps into the spotlight as the star of “Partner Track”
As Arden Cho entered the final stages of auditioning for the new Netflix series « Partner Track, » she had a particularly good impression of the job after a Zoom meeting with the producers.
“I believe it was a producer session of over an hour and a half, which is quite long. I remember when it ended, one of my best friends from Hawaii was visiting and waiting in the living room. She was like, ‘Oh, I can breathe now. I haven’t breathed for the last hour and a half. I’m so nervous. How was it?’ I looked at her and thought, ‘I think I have a job. I think I have this. Fortunately, I was right.
In “Partner Track,” which debuts on Friday, Cho plays Ingrid Yun, a lawyer whose goal is to become a partner in the law firm of the old boys’ club she works for in New York. She excels at this job but has to deal with micro-aggressions and favoritism toward her mostly white, male colleagues. Work expectations always come first for Ingrid, so her personal life takes a back seat. With her family, friends and boyfriends, she is often late and apologizes.
The series is based on a novel by Helen Wan.
Cho, who is best known for her roles on MTV’s « Teen Wolf » and « Chicago Med, » says the more she researched the character, the more she realized they had a lot in common.
« Once I started to prepare and really get into it, I was like, ‘Wait, it’s more like she’s a 29-year-old woman at this very difficult time in her life.’ And I’m like, ‘Wait, I did that. I’ve been there.’ I was like, ‘Oh, I know that girl. And I was like, I’m that girl. There have been very few times in my career where I’ve felt so connected to a project. The shoe fits .“
Creator and co-executive producer Georgia Lee thinks Cho brings relativity to the character.
« When we saw Arden’s audition, we were so excited to see this great mix of steely toughness with, at the same time, a sweet vulnerability as well, » Lee said. « I think it’s a combination that a lot of people can recognize and relate to. »
Besides Ingrid’s quest for success, she also earns a lot of money in the big city and has a great apartment and clothes, friends with their own interesting stories, and two handsome guys vying for her attention, which makes it fun to watch. Cho says people who have seen the show before weigh in on her character’s love triangle.
« My agents and my team are texting me, and everyone’s mad. I love the anger of people watching because I’m like, ‘Well, we did it.’ It’s not a drama if we don’t have the drama.
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