Grab the tissues: Aziz Ansari has some advice for you.
For his Netflix series Master of None, the comedian cast his real-life parents, Shoukath and Fatima Ansari, and while his father was “very enthusiastic” about the project, Ansari revealed on Wednesday that he was even happier with the outcome.
“Tonight after we did Colbert together,” Ansari wrote, “he said: ‘This is all fun and I liked acting in the show, but I really just did it so I could spend more time with you.’ I almost instantly collapsed into tears at the thought of how much this person cares about me and took care of me and gave me everything to give me the amazing life I have.”
Ansari opened up about how he felt like a “total piece of garbage” for not visiting them in South Carolina as much as he could have. But, with the help of the show, their bond only improved.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Parents episode of our show,” he wrote. “What’s strange is doing that episode and working with my parents has increased the quality of my relationship to my parents IN MY REAL LIFE. In reality, I haven’t always had the best, most open relationship with my parents because we are weirdly closed off emotionally sometimes. But we are getting better.”
And Ansari had a few words of wisdom to share with fans that might not have the strongest family ties:
“And if you have something like that with your family – I urge you to work at it and get better because these are special people in your life and I get terrified when my dad tells me about friends of his, people close to his age, that are having serious health issues, etc. Enjoy and love these people while you can.”
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