Kal Penn

Kal Penn is trading the White House for White Castle.

Kal Penn begins White House job

The 32-year-old actor (formerly of House) is vacating his post as Barack Obama's associate director of public engagement to reprise his role in a Christmas-themed Harold & Kumar film, according to Entertainment Weekly. The movie is set to begin production in June, with a 2011 holiday release.

Kal Penn leaves House for the White House

Penn left House in April 2009 — his character, Dr. Lawrence Kutner, committed suicide — to join Obama's administration full-time.