2017-09-04 19:17:52 UTC
‘Agents of SHIELD’ Star Says She Changed Her Last Name Because ‘Hollywood Is
AUGUST 31, 2017 | 12:33PM PT
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” star Chloe Bennet defended her last name change
after a fan questioned her about it on social media this week, saying that
the cause was Hollywood racism.
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“Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half
Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally
raised both American and Chinese,” she wrote. “It means I had to pay my
rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that
made them uncomfortable.”
Bennet, whose birth name is Chloe Wang, posted a statement to her Instagram
account in support of Ed Skrein’s recent stepping down from his “Hellboy”
role after being hit with accusations of whitewashing, as the original
character he was set to play was of mixed Asian heritage.
The actress has spoken out about her name change before.
“Oh, the first audition I went on after I changed my name, I got booked,”
Bennet told the Daily Beast last year. “So that’s a pretty clear little
snippet of how Hollywood works.”