Kal Penn’s Harold & Kumar Transformation: Then and Now (PHOTOS)
Kal Penn has filled out since playing Kumar to John Cho's Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.
But that's not because he's obsessed with the mini-burgers that made him famous in the 2004 stoner flick. Kal is a vegetarian in real life. Back when the movie came out, he explained to USA Today, “When we were supposed to eat the burgers, I ate these soy patties."
Meat-lover or not, it's no wonder he's put on a few pounds: The actor's been ridiculously busy over the past eight years. In between escaping from Guantanamo Bay and celebrating Christmas in 3D the comedy's two sequels, Kal had an award-winning role in the 2006 movie The Namesake; enjoyed a two-season run on House (as Dr. Lawrence Kutner); took a gig as a UPENN guest lecturer; and appeared in the current season of How I Met Your Mother. Oh, and he's Obama's Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, an office he's held on and off since April 2009.