Chinese American actor Regina Ting Chen is joining the highly anticipated fourth season of “Stranger Things.”
Chen, who currently lives in Atlanta, will portray Miss Kelly, the Hawkins High School guidance counselor.
Chen has had a notable acting career so far, having appeared in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and several hit series such as Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” USA Network’s “Queen of the South” and HBO’s “Watchmen.”
In an interview with Culture Map on Wednesday, Chen revealed that she’s a “big sci-fi nerd” who was a fan of “Stranger Things” long before being cast as Miss Kelly.
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“I loved the show prior to even getting the audition, so you KNOW how stoked I was to have gotten a chance to read for the show. It’s so rare!” she said.
According to Chen, the show’s upcoming season “is darker and scarier than it ever has been before. It’s impossible. Hang on tight! I’m right there with you because I’m scared of the dark and everything spooky!”
Chen also talked about Asian representation with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying, “I’m a unique Chinese person. I’m taller and more broad in the face, more Mongolian. I want to represent that. I’m ready for the bigger stuff. I’m going to keep fighting forward. It’s a tough industry.”
The new season of “Stranger Things” is making its Netflix debut on Friday.