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Lauren Tsai on ‘Terrace House’ and Sketching to Stay Sane

“I don’t even know what to tell you,” says Lauren Tsai. She’s just been asked about the online reactions to her time on “Terrace House: Aloha State,” Netflix’s Hawaii spinoff of “Terrace House,” a Japanese reality series that follows a group of young men and women who share a house.
The concept might sound similar to MTV’s “Real World” franchise, but the execution is totally different. In “Terrace House,” drama (and the inebriation that generally causes it) is kept to a minimum, and a group of comedians who analyze the roommates’ behaviors takes the place of the infamous confessional room. Cast members are focused on finding either a job or a partner, and the plot of any given episode is as mundane as watching two people cook a meal together. Sound boring? It’s actually quite addictive.
Tsai, 19, had already been living in Hawaii for more than a decade when she found out about the Netflix version. She was signed to a small talent agency that shared the casting flyer on its Facebook page. “[The flyer] basically said, ‘New reality TV show looking for young, cool, single people ages 18 to 30.’ I was like, ‘Well, I’m single,’ [and] I was on

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