‘Abominable’ Star Chloe Bennet Opens Up About The Struggles Of Being An Asian-American Actress In Hollywood: ‘Every Audition Had To Do With My Race’

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.”

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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.

 

 

 

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