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Margaret Cho’s Newest Confidence Booster: Her Motorcycle

Margaret Cho is a comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, and now a Harley-Davidson rider.

The Drop Dead Diva star took her latest passion to New York City this month to share her riding experience with a group of women at a blogging conference in New York City hosted by Harley-Davidson.

“One of my proudest achievements was getting my motorcycle license,” Cho says. “I think it’s an inspiring thing.”

Cho, 43, talked to Parade.com about motorcycle riding, her role on Drop Dead Diva, and her first-ever Emmy nomination for her portrayal of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il on 30 Rock.

On her latest love: motorcycle riding. 

“I’ve always wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle, but I never thought I’d actually do it. I don’t know if it’s the motion or the speed or the wind, but it’s such an empowering thing. It gives me confidence. I felt like such a klutz before, but I’ve realized that I’m actually pretty coordinated! You can kind of escape all the stress of your life and just be on a bike. It’s a tremendous feeling.”

On the next item on her bucket list.
“I think the next step from motorcycling is definitely flying a plane. I’d love to get my pilot’s license.”

On her Emmy nod for her role as Kim Jong-il on 30 Rock.
“I’m excited! I’m the only one who played a man. I don’t know if I should have been in the male category or not! I’m actually of North Korean decent, so I was the right choice for the role. Even though I’m not a man, I did look just like him!”

On her role on Drop Dead Diva.
“I love the show. We’re having a really good time. I can’t believe it’s already been four seasons. It’s really funny and it’s also really heartfelt. It’s a great show for women and a great show for women to watch with their daughters. It promotes beautiful images of different kinds of women and also this great heroine who really doesn’t have to sell herself short in any way. She doesn’t have to choose between being beautiful or being smart. She can be both and we can all be both.”

On her biggest passion: stand-up comedy.
“I’m on tour right now. It’s called ‘Mother’ and it’s all about my mom, which is fun. I’m traveling lot and doing a lot of shows. Comedy is my main profession. It’s the most rewarding for me and the most precious to me. It was what I started with and what I’ll always do.”

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