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pag-asaharibon:

Actress Chloe Bennet says changing her name changed her luck


Chloe Wang’s fortunes in Hollywood improved dramatically when she decided to change her surname.


She says within days of adopting her father’s given name — Bennet — as a family name, she landed her first big acting gig.


That was on the TV series Nashville, in a recurring role as record company assistant Hailey.


“I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian American woman,” says Bennet in an interview with the Star. “But I still wanted to keep my dad’s name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name.”


The Chicago-born Bennet became one of the breakout stars of the current TV season, playing computer hacker Skye on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the number one new series on Canadian television. Her role is also central to the first season, as the show has unveiled more of her origins each week leading up to a May 13 finale.


But her experience as an actress of colour — her father is ethnically Chinese and her mother is Caucasian — isn’t new. Actors and actresses have been changing their names since the dawn of the industry. After all, it’s arguable whether Bernard Schwartz would have made it in the movie business if he hadn’t changed his name to Tony Curtis. Closer to home, British Columbia-raised actress Meg Tilley (Bomb Girls) changed her name from Chan because of fears of racism growing up.


Still, things are shifting in the industry: two prime time series have women of colour in their leads — Kerry Washington in Scandal and Lucy Liu in Elementary.


In the Marvel production, Bennet shares air time with Ming-Na Wen (ER) who plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the show is co-produced by Maurissa Tancharoen, who is of Thai ethnicity.


“It’s been great to be a part of a show which is groundbreaking in terms of being an American woman and being Asian on television because there’s people who don’t see a lot of that and I’m really proud of it,” says Bennet.


Marvel has had something of a reboot in the second half of the season after it didn’t live up to critical expectations. But it has remained popular, and among the top five most watched shows in Canada. The retooling meant the series is a little tougher-minded, and less obviously a production from ABC’s corporate parent Disney.


As the show heads into the finale, S.H.I.E.L. D is in disarray and arch enemy HYDRA has been resurrected.


Skye’s character and origins are also central to the theme of the show, as she is on a journey to discover who her parents really are. Born in a Chinese village in Hunan province, the entire village was killed defending her when she was an infant. She was subsequently sent to a series of orphanages and foster homes. Another key thematic thread in the show is finding out whether she may possess a super power. She is also the central love interest, playing off against agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) in a game of deception.


“The show is getting a little bit darker, it’s a little edgier and you’ll see that as we progress it will be crazy,” says Bennet. “Skye finds out a lot about her family coming up, or lack thereof. She doesn’t know where she’s from or if she’s human, or alien, if she has powers. She has no idea, so we’ll be seeing a lot of her finding that out.”


Growing up in Chicago, Bennet joined the Second City youth ensemble at age 12, studying improv.


Several years later she was signed by a music management company and moved to China, where she lived with her grandmother.


She lived in Shanghai for almost two years and released a debut single “Uh Oh” in Mandarin and in English.


“I studied Mandarin everyday. I really never spoke it before I went over there and I kind of became relatively fluent and I’ve actually lost pretty much all of it since then,” she says. “But it was an incredible experience.”


Her fan base has exploded exponentially from her music days.


“When we do go out, and we run into fans, it’s really great. I’m just as excited to see them and it’s really been a pretty incredible, fantastic ride into this Marvel universe.”

pag-asaharibon:

Actress Chloe Bennet says changing her name changed her luck

Chloe Wang’s fortunes in Hollywood improved dramatically when she decided to change her surname.

She says within days of adopting her father’s given name — Bennet — as a family name, she landed her first big acting gig.

That was on the TV series Nashville, in a recurring role as record company assistant Hailey.

“I was having trouble booking things with my last name. I think it was hard for people to cast me as an ethnic, as an Asian American woman,” says Bennet in an interview with the Star. “But I still wanted to keep my dad’s name, and I wanted to respect him, so I used his first name.”

The Chicago-born Bennet became one of the breakout stars of the current TV season, playing computer hacker Skye on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the number one new series on Canadian television. Her role is also central to the first season, as the show has unveiled more of her origins each week leading up to a May 13 finale.

But her experience as an actress of colour — her father is ethnically Chinese and her mother is Caucasian — isn’t new. Actors and actresses have been changing their names since the dawn of the industry. After all, it’s arguable whether Bernard Schwartz would have made it in the movie business if he hadn’t changed his name to Tony Curtis. Closer to home, British Columbia-raised actress Meg Tilley (Bomb Girls) changed her name from Chan because of fears of racism growing up.

Still, things are shifting in the industry: two prime time series have women of colour in their leads — Kerry Washington in Scandal and Lucy Liu in Elementary.

In the Marvel production, Bennet shares air time with Ming-Na Wen (ER) who plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and the show is co-produced by Maurissa Tancharoen, who is of Thai ethnicity.

“It’s been great to be a part of a show which is groundbreaking in terms of being an American woman and being Asian on television because there’s people who don’t see a lot of that and I’m really proud of it,” says Bennet.

Marvel has had something of a reboot in the second half of the season after it didn’t live up to critical expectations. But it has remained popular, and among the top five most watched shows in Canada. The retooling meant the series is a little tougher-minded, and less obviously a production from ABC’s corporate parent Disney.

As the show heads into the finale, S.H.I.E.L. D is in disarray and arch enemy HYDRA has been resurrected.

Skye’s character and origins are also central to the theme of the show, as she is on a journey to discover who her parents really are. Born in a Chinese village in Hunan province, the entire village was killed defending her when she was an infant. She was subsequently sent to a series of orphanages and foster homes. Another key thematic thread in the show is finding out whether she may possess a super power. She is also the central love interest, playing off against agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) in a game of deception.

“The show is getting a little bit darker, it’s a little edgier and you’ll see that as we progress it will be crazy,” says Bennet. “Skye finds out a lot about her family coming up, or lack thereof. She doesn’t know where she’s from or if she’s human, or alien, if she has powers. She has no idea, so we’ll be seeing a lot of her finding that out.”

Growing up in Chicago, Bennet joined the Second City youth ensemble at age 12, studying improv.

Several years later she was signed by a music management company and moved to China, where she lived with her grandmother.

She lived in Shanghai for almost two years and released a debut single “Uh Oh” in Mandarin and in English.

“I studied Mandarin everyday. I really never spoke it before I went over there and I kind of became relatively fluent and I’ve actually lost pretty much all of it since then,” she says. “But it was an incredible experience.”

Her fan base has exploded exponentially from her music days.

“When we do go out, and we run into fans, it’s really great. I’m just as excited to see them and it’s really been a pretty incredible, fantastic ride into this Marvel universe.”

Reblogged from steinpratt  467 notes
steinpratt:

bankuei:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

debeeme:

jathis:

dynastylnoire:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

Hmmmmmmmmmm
White girl contributing to the ongoing cultural genocide of Native Americans
vs
Black man in a minor role playing a god that white people did NOT give a shit about until they watched a movie full of white people, while they continue to erase history

There is no more vikings either. We should stop the distortion of their cultural heritage  :_

Yeah, because they didn’t wear horns on their helmets and such.
But no one’s casting black people to play Vikings so…………

Only viking’s gods… and everybody knows that is not an important part of their culture so……….

Native Americans are still around so……………

So is cool that vikings are dead or assimilated by christians, I guess…. now we can do whatever we want, who cares. You are right ;) #FuckYouLosers 

Still not comparable to white people dressing as Native Americans so………………..

In the wake of the mounting proof of genocide that takes place in this country white people still have this burning desire to be oppressed.
Like we are out here being murdered in droves for being POC. And y’all are really crying rivers of mayo because we’re saying don’t wear something?
Really?
Where are y’all when we are out here being murdered, raped, starved to death, refused resources etc. because white people do not see us as people? Where y’all at then?

Did these racists forget that not all Vikings were white so complaining about a fucking movie doesn’t make sense because it’s not taking over anything?

Hey, maybe the little girl was dressed as Cynhia Ann Parker or Olive Oatman. Or maybe she just wanted to dress as a Native American because she like it. 
But I’m gonna tell you a secret: Every fuckin “white” country was invaded and conquered by violence in the last 3000 years. Seas of blood, rape, slavering, etc… My country, Spain (excuse my English)(sort of white country, anyway) was invaded by the Phoenicians, the Romans, The Goths, The Vikings, The Arabs, and Napoleon himself. Maybe we should go to Paris, Lebanon or Rome now and demand an apology for what they did. Or maybe we should just stop judging the past (in a very naive way) by the way the present is and start thinking that we are not a culture but a mix of cultures. To segregate a culture from another is, in fact, a racist way of thinking if you ask me. And fruitless at the end.It doesn’t bother me that Heimdall is black. What offends me is that a little girl can’t dress as she wants just because you say that she is not the right race.And I don’t going to say anything more. Bye.

child please

1. White people stole a continent upon murder, genocide, broken treaties, kidnapped children to residential schools, outlawed practice of indigenous religious rites until the 1980s, and continue to exploit the survivors of their colonialism.
2. Black folks did what exactly to Vikings?  
Bonus round - in a movie full of WHITE PEOPLE playing as Magical Space Vikings, written BY white people, the one Black guy does WHAT to the idea of vikings?  

You’d think all these fucking white supremacists would be more upset at Jack Kirby for suggesting the Norse gods were all just weird aliens in the first place. But, y’know, Jack Kirby was white, so…

how come nobody’s pissed about Beta Ray Bill?

steinpratt:

bankuei:

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

debeeme:

jathis:

dynastylnoire:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

debeeme:

locsgirl:

Hmmmmmmmmmm

White girl contributing to the ongoing cultural genocide of Native Americans

vs

Black man in a minor role playing a god that white people did NOT give a shit about until they watched a movie full of white people, while they continue to erase history

There is no more vikings either. We should stop the distortion of their cultural heritage  :_

Yeah, because they didn’t wear horns on their helmets and such.

But no one’s casting black people to play Vikings so…………

Only viking’s gods… and everybody knows that is not an important part of their culture so……….

Native Americans are still around so……………

So is cool that vikings are dead or assimilated by christians, I guess…. now we can do whatever we want, who cares. You are right ;) #FuckYouLosers 

Still not comparable to white people dressing as Native Americans so………………..

In the wake of the mounting proof of genocide that takes place in this country white people still have this burning desire to be oppressed.

Like we are out here being murdered in droves for being POC. And y’all are really crying rivers of mayo because we’re saying don’t wear something?

Really?

Where are y’all when we are out here being murdered, raped, starved to death, refused resources etc. because white people do not see us as people? Where y’all at then?

Did these racists forget that not all Vikings were white so complaining about a fucking movie doesn’t make sense because it’s not taking over anything?

Hey, maybe the little girl was dressed as Cynhia Ann Parker or Olive Oatman. Or maybe she just wanted to dress as a Native American because she like it. 

But I’m gonna tell you a secret: Every fuckin “white” country was invaded and conquered by violence in the last 3000 years. Seas of blood, rape, slavering, etc… My country, Spain (excuse my English)(sort of white country, anyway) was invaded by the Phoenicians, the Romans, The Goths, The Vikings, The Arabs, and Napoleon himself. Maybe we should go to Paris, Lebanon or Rome now and demand an apology for what they did. Or maybe we should just stop judging the past (in a very naive way) by the way the present is and start thinking that we are not a culture but a mix of cultures. To segregate a culture from another is, in fact, a racist way of thinking if you ask me. And fruitless at the end.

It doesn’t bother me that Heimdall is black. What offends me is that a little girl can’t dress as she wants just because you say that she is not the right race.
And I don’t going to say anything more. Bye.

child please

1. White people stole a continent upon murder, genocide, broken treaties, kidnapped children to residential schools, outlawed practice of indigenous religious rites until the 1980s, and continue to exploit the survivors of their colonialism.

2. Black folks did what exactly to Vikings?  

Bonus round - in a movie full of WHITE PEOPLE playing as Magical Space Vikings, written BY white people, the one Black guy does WHAT to the idea of vikings?  

You’d think all these fucking white supremacists would be more upset at Jack Kirby for suggesting the Norse gods were all just weird aliens in the first place. But, y’know, Jack Kirby was white, so…

how come nobody’s pissed about Beta Ray Bill?

Reblogged from graemem  15,361 notes

As for a movie with a non-white lead; if Marvel makes Thor 3 before it makes Black Panther, it will have made ten movies headlined by blond white men named Chris before it makes one movie headlined by someone who isn’t even white. (They can cast a black actor named Chris. That’s totally OK.)

By Marvel Studios and diversity, everyone. (From here.)
Reblogged from smallsoapdish  46,161 notes
hypable:

Guardians of the Galaxy is breaking box office records this weekend, but more importantly it’s breaking barriers in Hollywood by being the first Marvel script credited to a woman.
Guardians of the Galaxy is receiving remarkable reviews by critics and fans alike and is expected to take in over $90 million during its explosive opening weekend.
What’s more interesting is that Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel film to have been written by a woman that’s actually received credit for their work.
Screenwriter Nicole Perlman has been on the rise for quite some time. She’s been included in up and coming screenwriter lists for years now and even did some work on Thor’s script, but she’s finally been given credit for being the screenwriter of Marvel’s latest film, which is being touted for its unique storyline.
In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Perlman explained her attempts to persuade studios to put their trust in a woman’s hands to write sci-fi, saying, “I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, ‘Well, you’re a woman, you’re not writing romantic comedies, we’ll give you the Marie Curie biopic.’”
Read more at Hypable.com

hypable:

Guardians of the Galaxy is breaking box office records this weekend, but more importantly it’s breaking barriers in Hollywood by being the first Marvel script credited to a woman.

Guardians of the Galaxy is receiving remarkable reviews by critics and fans alike and is expected to take in over $90 million during its explosive opening weekend.

What’s more interesting is that Guardians of the Galaxy is the first Marvel film to have been written by a woman that’s actually received credit for their work.

Screenwriter Nicole Perlman has been on the rise for quite some time. She’s been included in up and coming screenwriter lists for years now and even did some work on Thor’s script, but she’s finally been given credit for being the screenwriter of Marvel’s latest film, which is being touted for its unique storyline.

In a recent interview with TIME magazine, Perlman explained her attempts to persuade studios to put their trust in a woman’s hands to write sci-fi, saying, “I was noticing that I was having trouble convincing people, when I was pitching on projects, that I would be capable of doing this. There was a little bit of an attitude of, ‘Well, you’re a woman, you’re not writing romantic comedies, we’ll give you the Marie Curie biopic.’”

Read more at Hypable.com

Reblogged from brevoortformspring  287 notes
    Anonymous asked
    why don't you simply try to boost black panther more, if you want black characters in the spotlight to shine with diversity? one would assume that with dc's bat-universe-dominance black panther might sell well, if he is written and portrayed in a similar way.

    Answer:

    brevoortformspring:

    I don’t know, I think there’s something a bit off about the notion that the only way to make the Black Panther successful is to make him a clone of Batman.

    But that’s not really the issue here, is it? And you’re mistaking the goal.

    We’re telling a Captain America story, plain and simple.

    For all of the folks that wrote in about this: I’m sorry that there are no longer any white male heroes in comics that you can relate to.

Reblogged from deantrippe  1,479 notes

NOTICE

deantrippe:

If women and minorities taking on major superhero character roles (while the main characters are still prominently featured and going on new journeys) is offensive to you: PLEASE JUST UNFOLLOW THIS BLOG. No need to reblog me just to complain about “political correctness” and “pandering” and both of them being “shoved down your throat.” Write your own post. I’m not interested in your note.

On the subject of Falcap, specifically: Were you whining when Bucky Barnes took over the job? Do you even read the comics? You loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier, though, right? So maybe there’s a reason why this particular change is getting under your skin. Sam Wilson will be the seventh person in Marvel Universe continuity to be called Captain America. And he’ll be awesome.

If you can’t like Captain America anymore because he’s black, there’s a word for that.

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totalfilm:

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch on Marvel’s Doctor Strange shortlist
With Doctor Strange casting rumours continuing to come thick and fast, Deadline reports that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are two of the names on Marvel’s current shortlist…

Is Marvel even considering actors of color for this role?   Are they really going to tell the white dude travels to the Himalayas and acquires mystical powers story twice (with Iron Fist, too)?   Is every single Marvel movie going to center around a white guy?

(Extra irony that both of these actors have played whitewashed characters and furthered their careers.)

totalfilm:

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch on Marvel’s Doctor Strange shortlist

With Doctor Strange casting rumours continuing to come thick and fast, Deadline reports that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are two of the names on Marvel’s current shortlist…

Is Marvel even considering actors of color for this role? Are they really going to tell the white dude travels to the Himalayas and acquires mystical powers story twice (with Iron Fist, too)? Is every single Marvel movie going to center around a white guy?

(Extra irony that both of these actors have played whitewashed characters and furthered their careers.)

Reblogged from milesabovepeter  8,853 notes

Right now we have an X-Men franchise that has sidelined Kitty Pryde, completely mishandled Storm, Emma Frost and Rogue, robbed Jean Grey of any agency, and has yet to properly introduce Psylocke, Jubilee and Polaris.

The latest film does feature a number of non-white characters, but every single one of them (Storm, Blink, Sunspot, Warpath, Bishop) is relegated to outside guard duty while all of the white characters (Xavier, Magneto, Kitty, Wolverine) handle the important, emotion-heavy, world-saving work.

There’s even been a surprisingly anti-international slant towards one of the most international teams in comics as Colossus, Banshee, Quicksilver and Storm all lost their cultural identities in the transition from page to screen.

By

Brett White from CBR: in order for the X-Men to survive, they need to diversify.

p.s.

First, Bryan Singer has to go. This may come as a surprise considering that I just heaped a ton of praise on the director’s latest film, but I’ve done so while also purposely avoiding mentioning his name. Based on the sexual abuse allegations currently piling up around him, I just feel icky — an understatement — giving the guy any praise.”

(via milesabovepeter)