Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 10.21.30 PMFor my first Who’s Who of Silver Lake interview, I wanted to talk with a resident that people could readily identify with. I couldn’t have gotten luckier. Having a bite at the Backdoor Bakery with his dog, Ella, was Gedde. Most people probably don’t recognize the name, but they should. He is an actor, and is probably most famous as Long Duk Dong from the movie Sixteen Candles. He has also acted in Gung Ho, ER, and will next be seen in the remake of Alfie.He has lived in Silverlake for 12 years, and when I asked him what brought him to the area, this is what he had to say:GW: Well, I’ve always lived in the flatlands. I remember just coming and thinking the hills were just so beautiful, and it reminded me of San Francisco, which I miss a lot. It would be my second city if I could live there.

ME: Are you originally from San Francisco?

GW: No, I went to school there, I went to ACT (American Conservatory Theatre). There was something about Silverlake, and then I ran into my neighbors, you know, just like what happened here, and now they’ve become my best friends, which is so particular to this area.

ME: That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this column in this particular neighborhood.

GW: I, myself, find this a very conscious neighborhood, like, there is a group of us fighting the AT&T tower to go up at the 7/11, and that has been pretty successful so far. Everybody is also worried about what is going to happen to Silver Lake Blvd., they want to put up meters. I think all of that is really community involved. They want to keep it the way it is. It’s different; it’s more community.

ME: If there was one thing that you would like to see added to Silver Lake as a community, what would that be?
At this point, Ella seemed to recognize a couple coming out of the bakery, and everyone stopped to chat. They mentioned last seeing Gedde at the dog park, just up the street.

GW: You know what I would actually really like? I would like to see restaurants and stores to be more dog friendly. I think people are pretty conscious with their dogs, so it’s not like they’ll do anything bad. I really wish that they were more dog friendly. There is a huge amount of dogs. A lot of places have outdoor patios and we should be able to park our dogs.

ME: So, getting a little more to the personal, and off the neighborhood. Obviously you are doing very well with your acting, but is there anywhere you’d like to see yourself going further along? Whether it be acting, or any other artistic professions?

GW: I have two, actually, that I am working on right now. One is writing, and the other one is I love painting. I spend my off time doing both.

ME: What do you write?

GW: Well, it’s one of those things where you say, oh, it’s going to be a screenplay, and then it turns out to be short fiction. So, it has basically taken on a life of its own. Painting, I’m totally in training. It’s a lot more potpourri what’s going to happen, and that’s more down in the basement to see if I’m really talented at all. I call it the dungeon, which is not a dungeon… in this town.

ME: Is there anything we haven’t touched on that you would like to mention now? GW: Yeah. Rents are too high. House prices have gone too far up.  He laughed, and I thanked him and Ella for their time. I left thinking, what a great person to interview my first time out. So open, so free. Now if we can just get his painting out of the dungeon… which isn’t a dungeon.