Lana Condor Was Once Asked to ‘Be More Like Hello Kitty’ During Casting

Lana Condor Was Once Asked to ‘Be More Like Hello Kitty’ During Casting
Bryan Ke
January 16, 2020
Lana Condor, star of the Netflix sequel “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” has revealed her experience with racism inside the casting room.
The 22-year-old Vietnamese American actress told Teen Vogue that a casting person once asked her to “be more like Hello Kitty.”
“I remember when she said that, I just was like, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’ I straight up — you kind of have to call that out,” Condor said in an interview with Variety. “Also, Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. [So as] a woman, I’m like, ‘One, you want me to be more like Hello Kitty, but she doesn’t have a voice.’ That’s so insulting to me.”
Condor said people in the entertainment industry are finally taking her more seriously following the recent success of Asian and Asian American films in Hollywood, including “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Farewell,” and Golden Globes winner “Parasite.”
“We’re making strides, and I see that,” the actress said. “When I go into rooms now, I’m taken more seriously. However, those little blurbs remind me that there’s still so much more work to be done in the industry and to knock out that ignorance.”
In “P.S. I Still Love You”, Lara Jean, played by Condor, will continue to explore the struggles that some teenagers experience such as choosing between two love interests.
“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” will begin streaming on Netflix on Feb. 12.
Feature Image via @lanacondor (Left), Netflix (Right)
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