Charlyne Yi and 'Paper Heart'

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Michael Cera (left) and Charlyne Yi in their new film, "Paper Heart." (Photo courtesy of Paper Heart)
Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi in the new film "Paper Heart."

Comedian and actress Charlyne Yi — 23 years old — wanted to understand why love blooms for others, and not for her.

Or at least that's the question she asks in her new faux documentary, “Paper Heart,” in which the real Charlyne Yi plays a fictionalized Charlyne Yi.

She travels across the country, talking to couples, professors, even a romance novelist, to see what she can learn about love. And the more she learns, the more she wonders if she has what it takes — even as she falls for actor Michael Cera, who plays himself.

This hour, On Point: Charlyne Yi and the quest to understand love.

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Charlyne Yi joins us from New York. A 23-year-old writer, stand-up comedian, actress, and musician, she's co-executive producer, co-writer, and star of the new faux documentary “Paper Heart.” In the film she plays a fictionalized version of herself, alongside actor Michael Cera, who plays a fictionalized version of himself. “Paper Heart” won top honors for screenwriting at Sundance.

Also joining us from New York is Jake Johnson. In “Paper Heart” he plays director Nick Jasenovec, the real–life director of the film.

Here's the film's trailer:

This program aired on August 6, 2009.


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