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Fala Chen says she is only offered Chinese-speaking character roles since ‘Shang-Chi’ success

  • Following her role as Ying Li in Marvel’s 2021 hit “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Chinese American actor Fala Chen, 40, revealed she is still being typecast by being offered roles for Asian characters who can only speak Chinese.
  • “After Shang-Chi, we're getting more calls about me playing an Asian character who speaks only Chinese," Chen told AsiaOne on Tuesday. “I feel like I personally, as a human being, have a lot more to give. So it does feel like we're constantly fighting against that."
  • Before appearing in “Shang-Chi,” Chen was already an established star in Hong Kong television, most notably known for her roles in series such as “Steps” (2007) and “Triumph in the Skies II” (2013).
  • On being typecast, Chen told AsiaOne that she “would always have this feeling, like 'Why did they cast me in this particular role?’” She also mentioned that she “has been made to feel like a token Chinese or Asian before.”
  • “It does feel like there's still a limit to a lot of people's imagination [on] what an actor is capable of beyond the color of their skin,” Chen was quoted as saying.

After starring in Marvel’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” Chinese American actor Fala Chen shared that she is still being typecast for potential movies and TV series.

Responding to reporters’ questions on Tuesday for the HBO limited series “Irma Vep,” Chen, 40, revealed that following her role as Ying Li in “Shang-Chi,” she has been offered roles for Asian characters who can only speak Chinese.