The comedian and star of the new Master of None series on Nextflix took to social media to speak candidly about his real-life parents, Shoukath and Fatima, and his heartfelt words are giving us all the feels!
Ansari cast the couple to play his TV parents on the new show. "My dad took off most of his vacation year to act in Master of None," he wrote. "Tonight after we did [The Late Show with Stephen] Colbert 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 went on to say that he felt like a "total piece of garbage" for all the times he neglected to visit his parents in South Carolina, choosing instead to remain in New York for fear of being "bored."
But now, thanks to the show, Ansari has realized what he's been missing. "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."
Ansari's honesty is refreshing, as is his advice:
"Not to beat a dead horse here and sorry if this is cheesy or too sentimental but if your parents are good to you, just go do something nice for them," he wrote, adding that for those who need some help strengthening their family ties, "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."