Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming-Na Wen recently sat down with the The Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), where she spoke on her road to success and the role of Asian Americans in the American film industry.
Ming-Na Wen's Story
Check out her interview below as she reveals the obstacles of her journey to stardom and who her hero in real life is. Did you know she is technically Portuguese? Ming also spoke on the issue of Asian characters being played by Caucasian actors in Hollywood (e.g. Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell), as well as the magic of her amazing nose.
Ming is truly a fantastic actress of tremendous caliber. She will be reprising her role as Agent May in this upcoming fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The season premieres on September 20.
"I'm really hoping that Hollywood is listening and realizing that we aren't the timid Asian Americans anymore, that we do speak up now. That we do have a voice."
Opportunity For Asian American Actors
On the subject of Ghost in the Shell, while Scarlett Johansson is one of Wen’s favorite actresses, she says that having an Asian actress for the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi would have served the story better:
If it’s not serving the story, then you are not serving the entertainment value of that story.
She continued by saying that even though she understands the economic aspect of casting choices, Asia is still full of amazing talent; Asian Americans should be able to portray the characters that represent them.
There are a lot of big-name stars in Asia, so they could have plucked any of them, or give us the chance. If Asian Americans don't have the chance to star in films and television roles, how are they going to become big names?
The Coalition Of Asian Pacifics In Entertainment
CAPE is a diversity-focused group from Hollywood, with a mission of bringing together Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the film industry. Among its members are Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee and critically-acclaimed actor B.D. Wong.