Known for her role as Daisy Johnson on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Chloe Bennet is speaking out about the struggles she’s experienced as an actress of mixed-race descent, claiming that being half-Chinese led her to feel “boxed in.”
Speaking with the Daily Telegraph (via the Daily Mail) during the Toronto International Film Festival, the 27-year-old actress — who provides the voice of a Chinese teenager in the Dreamworks’ animated “Abominable” — admits her heritage has held her back when it comes to casting.
“Every audition had to do with my race,” she says. “I was exhausted by how much I was boxed in.”
As Bennet explains, as the daughter of a Chinese-American father and Caucasian mother, she felt forced to change her original surname — Wang — to her father’s first name, Bennet, in order to land roles.
“I’m still Chloe Wang, all that changed is people’s perception of me,” she says. “I was booked the first audition I went on after I changed my name.”
“Abominable” made its debut of TIFF 2019, and will hit theatres on Friday, Sept. 27.