Kal Penn on How ‘The Santa Clauses’ Appeals to New and Old Fans Alike

Kal Penn plays Simon in The Santa Clauses. The first two episodes are now streaming on Disney+. We discussed bringing back this magical world for new and old audiences, how his character fits into the story, his favorite holiday movies, and more!


Scott Calvin is back! After being Santa Claus for nearly thirty years, he’s as jolly as ever. But as Christmas declines in popularity, so does his Santa magic. Scott struggles to keep up with the demands of the job, as well as being there for his family. Upon discovering there is a way to retire from his post, Scott considers stepping down as Santa Claus and finding a worthy successor so that he can become a better father and husband.

The actor’s film work includes Once Upon a Time in Venice, Better Off Single, The Girl in the Photographs, The Sisterhood of Night, Dementamania, A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj, Epic Movie, The Namesake, Superman Returns, A Lot Like Love, Son of the Mask, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, and Smile.


On television, the actor can be seen in American Horror Story, Clarice, Sunnyside, Designated Survivor, The Big Bang Theory, Battle Creek, How I Met Your Mother, We Are Men, House, and 24.

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