Gemma Chan: ‘You’re more likely to see an alien in a Hollywood film than an Asian’

Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan isn’t a household name yet, but she may soon rise to greater status due to her role in the new AMC show, Humans. The show is actually a Channel 4 original in the UK, and a big hit across the pond. Gemma plays a domestic robot (a “synth”) moving towards sentience, which is a pretty scary premise. There’s now a Japanese hotel, which is fully staffed by robots. It makes one wonder how long it will take before robots take over the world. Stephen Hawking keeps trying to warn everyone, and no one’s listening.

In this interview with The Telegraph, Gemma talks about the difficulties of playing a robot in a non-clichéd way. She also admonishes Hollywood for not featuring enough Asian women in roles. This is a topical discussion, especially after Cameron Crowe’s Aloha cast Emma Stone as a whitewashed Asian character. Gemma says some tv shows are making strides for minority representation, but it’s not enough:

On playing a synth: “At the beginning I thought my head was going to explode because you’re trying to play the scene and act truthfully in it but within the rules that you’ve set-up for. As a human, you don’t have to be too conscious of your movement. I think it’s tougher playing a robot than a human, and even tougher playing a robot who begins showing traces of being a human. The director didn’t want anything robotic in a clichéd or a jerky way. I was given a lot of homework: I had to practise ironing as a synth, practise washing up as a synth, cooking a meal as a synth. It’s definitely the most prep I’ve had to do for a role.”

Why Humans is a hit: “The technology doesn’t feel like it’s a hundred years away anymore. It’s practically here.”

On Asian representation in Hollywood: “Yeah, there’s definitely still a lot of room for improvement. I’ve been fortunate in my career, but, yes, there have been many times when I have been told my audition has been cancelled because they’re only going to see white people. The statistics are really depressing. I remember reading some that made me think, ‘Oh, you are more likely to see an alien in a Hollywood film than an Asian woman.'”

Her ideal synth: “I’d want one like Samuel L Jackson. If I ever got into any tricky situations, he could just stare people down. Parking ticket? Just set Samuel Synth on them. That would be amazing.”

[From The Telegraph]

Gemma also believes Humans did well to cast many female and minority characters. Yet these actors are almost exclusively playing synths, which does illustrate her point that more work needs to be done. She’s also correct about how awesome a Sam Jackson synth would be. Such an innovation would corner the market on robot f-bombs.

Here’s some red-carpet pictures of Gemma. Her style is always on point.

Gemma Ward

Gemma Chan

Photos courtesy of WENN

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  1. Sixer says:

    We are loving this show chez Sixer. The last episode is sitting recorded, ready to watch tonight.

    Chan has the hardest job because she has to play two characters (normal synth and sentient synth) in one.

    Isn’t she just so pretty? I never usually comment on people’s beauty or non-beauty, mostly because I don’t much care what people look like. But all through this show I’ve been thinking “lordy, she’s got a lovely face”.

    (BTW: William Hurt is in it. And he delivers the sweetest little performance EVER).

    (BTW+W: Since the show is about otherness, I’d imagine the choice to put the minority actors into the synth roles was a deliberate one and the reverse of a point to criticise. For example, the “passing” synth is white.)

    • Liz says:

      @Sixer yep agree she is so very pretty and great in Humans, looking forward to season two.

      • imqrious2 says:

        This show is SO great! I found it by accident, and got hooked. GC is awesome; when “Anita” morphed into “Mia”, I literally gasped. I also think the character “Max” is so sweet 🙂

        It’s a bit scary in a way: like Bedhead said, the concept isn’t so farfetched anymore!

      • happy girl says:

        This not my personal opinion, but just general and broader observation. She’s working BECAUSE she is an attractive girl. Asian girls that look like Soon Yi will never be considered or accepted. Harsh but true.

    • Lilacflowers says:

      She is pretty.

      And I wish William Hurt was in more of the things.

      • Sixer says:

        It’s just a supporting role but he delivers a really subtle and genuinely touching performance. He made me cry!

        Actually, the whole show is like that. It really isn’t anything more than a variation on I Robot, but the entire cast is excellent enough to elevate it, plus there are all sorts of subtle little touches and points raised – would we anthropomorphise our non-sentient synths like we do our pets? Would they affect our relationships? How would the inevitable Luddites react? Yadda.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Ooh, I’ll have to watch it. And yes, she is very pretty. I can’t believe she’s making me like a half and half dress, because I just hate them, but she looks so nice in it, I have to.

    • Falula says:

      I haven’t seen the show (I might now after reading all of this), but you’re right that she’s really, really beautiful.

    • Alice says:

      She’s beautiful.

    • Franca says:

      I started watching the show because of Colin Morgan and I’m so happy I did. It’s amazing!

      • bell says:

        Same! I only saw him in The Fall before this and liked him so much I needed to see him in something else. He’s great in Humans.

    • Boston Green Eyes says:

      I almost gasped when I first viewed the show and saw how pretty Gemma is.

      The show is one of my favorites now, though it can be very disturbing to see how the humans mistreat the synths – especially the females. It is really comparable to how some men treat women by treating them like objects and not like human beings.

      • Sixer says:

        Without wanting to give spoilers, you’re thinking of the excruciating “adult mode” plotline? I agree re: gender relations but it also made me think of slavery.

      • Boston Green Eyes says:

        @Sixer, Yes, that but also the at the party the two children attended and how the daughter broke up what was going to happen. Because that happens ALL THE TIME to girls under the influence in the here and now. It makes me really sad.

      • Sixer says:

        Yes, and YES.

    • sarah says:

      Never forget, the movie “21”, based off the true story (& book “Bringing Down The House”) of Asian American MIT students who created a poker heist with their professor, was turned into completey white-washed film with Jim Sturgess being cast as the main, Kate Bosworth, and Kevin Spacey. I was so surprised when I found that out…

  2. TX says:

    Loving this show! It’s so good. If you’re still trudging through True Detective, my advice is to ditch it and start watching HUMANS

  3. renee28 says:

    She’s gorgeous and incredibly talented. I’m glad the show is doing well.

    • Franca says:

      She’s also very smart. I thonk she’s a lawyer. When she decided to become an actress her father didn’t speak to her for a year or so. I think I read that somewhere.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Never heard of her but yes she is gorgeous. Good for her for speaking out in support of other Asians when she could just skate by and enjoy her good fortune. I adore people like that.

  4. G says:

    Her boyfriend Jack is in a hilarious show called Fresh Meat

    • Sixer says:

      She’s Ruth in Fresh Meat herself, isn’t she? Sixlets love that show.

    • AG-UK says:

      My son loves that nonsense Bad Education, with Jack W and a film is coming out so I am sure he will try to drag his dad to see it IF it’s not rated a 15. Love Humans the last episode was last night too ill to watch but will when I get home first thing.

    • Franca says:

      Have you ever seen Backchat? His father is even funnier.

      Jack and James Corden getting pissed is one of my favourite Big Fat Quiz of The Year moments ever.

      • G says:

        i will check out him and James Corden, sounds like a funny match!

        Jack was apparently in school at the same time as Rob Pattinson and made some jokes about him in his stand up – they weren’t even bad, i can’t remember exactly but probably vampire related – and when Jack bumped into his mother he got a frosty reception! lol

      • Amber says:

        Was that chilly reception before or after he flat-out started telling jokes about Pattinson being a highly limited actor though? 😀 The joke is mainly at Jack’s expense, but that’s not really the major takeaway is it? I didn’t remember Whitehall’s name and I have never heard of this show (or anything else about him), but I STILL remember Jack and the “couldn’t act then, can’t act now” from The Graham Norton show And when I went to Google him one of the links that pop up is this So he’s been “joking” about Pattinson being a crap actor for at least five years now LOL.

  5. Lilacflowers says:

    Sad to say that she is right about that casting problem. And in the rare cases when they do cast an Asian woman, she is playing some badass, evil martial arts specialist villain instead of a normal human being.

  6. hmph says:

    Before you shout “old white men”, most casting directors are actually white WOMEN and jewish.
    There was an article at the hollywood reporter and/or new york times that listed all top 10+ casting directors in Hollywood so…yeah.
    And yes, they do have the power to lock someone out and pick and choose who even gets in the front door so please don’t say it’s the directors and producers fault entirely. If they don’t even know you exist and see your resume, how can you blame them? Sure some can enforce that x amount of minorities be cast but casting directors are the ones recommending and pushing someone forward….

    • Snazzy says:

      Really? Wow, that adds an interesting twist to the debate, doesn’t it?

    • renee28 says:

      But in the end decisions are made by producers and directors. They are the ones who tell casting directors what they’re looking for. Casting directors can make suggestions and they can certainly refuse to see people but they can’t override what a director/producer wants. If directors/producers are only interested in casting white actors that’s what the casting director will provide.

      • V4Real says:

        I was coming here to say the same. It is the producers and directors who chooses the lead and main characters. The casting directors main jobs are to cast the supporting or assemble cast.

        The directors already have in mind who they want for a particular role being that the script reaches their desk before the casting agents. It’s kind of hard to imagine that Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, AJ, Halle Berry , Brad Cooper, JLaw and so on have to go through a casting agent. They just go to their agent. Even when RDJ was fighting to be Iron Man he went straight to the producers, not the casting agent.

      • Algernon says:

        Yeah, seconded. We use a lot of the same casting agencies and the casting directors and their teams tell the same story. They’ll try to put forward actors they know to be talented, but if that actor is a person of color, they’re more likely to get shot down. Casting directors are not the gate keepers, the producers and directors are.

        Also, what no one talks about with the demographic makeup of casting directors (most are women), is that a lot of them are shunted into casting when other opportunities behind the camera are denied to them. Some casting directors are kind of like agents, in that they’re just good talent spotters with a good sense for matching actor and character, but a lot of them are would-be producers and directors themselves who did not get the same opportunities as their male counterparts to step into those roles.

    • kri says:

      ^^^This is quite true. But casting agents are always thinking about pleasing the studio, and they are acting on the requirements put on them by the producers/studio heads. It’s all about money. Who will bring in the money? Sad but true. It’s the bottom line that is most important.

    • Nice says:

      I think focus groups probably also have a lot to do with casting decisions. But as Steve Jobs said, it’s not the job of the customer to tell you what they want. I think Henry Ford said if he’d surveyed people about transport options, they’d have told him they wanted faster horses. I do think audiences would in actual fact prefer diversity over the alternative. Focus groups would probably merely reinforce stereotypes.

  7. Elyse says:

    She’s so pretty and I’m going to go ugly sob over her hair. My frizz fro is soooo jealous.

  8. manta says:

    A channel 4 original? I haven’t seen this show yet but thought it was a remake of the swedish one( Akta människor). So, I guess, to manage to play a robot in a non clichéd way, she didnt have to look further than the work of her scandinavian counterparts.
    Or do actors never watch the original when they get engaged for a remake?

    • Sixer says:

      Yes. It’s a remake of Akta Manniskor (hope I got the spelling right), which itself is absolutely excellent. Humans misses some of the beginning of the Swedish version to add a bit of mystery into the plot.

  9. Kate says:

    I’m obsessed with Humans. Love it. And from what else I’ve seen of Gemma (not much except her role in series 1 of Sherlock) I absolutely love her. She’s gorgeous.

  10. LAK says:

    That comment about casting ie ‘sorry, we are only casting white today’ brought back memories of my very brief modelling career.

    The agent would say stuff like that to me (and the other black models) all the time. Or, ‘sorry they’ve already seen a black girl today’ – AS IF all black girls look the same and or there was ONE black girl slot in all of London that day.

    I couldn’t take it anymore after a few months and decided to do other things, but i’m glad Lorraine Pascal stuck it out as long as she did AND made a success of it because we started together and she was made of sterner stuff than me. I feel like that is/was a victory even if it happened to someone else.

  11. Franca says:

    You’re more likely to see an alien thna anyone who isn’t North American/Northern European/Western European, and if you do, it will be a very cliched version. Actors not only have to be white, they have to be the right kind of white.

    • Nephelim says:


    • Nina says:

      Very true. The right kind of white = character with roots to a country where English is the dominant language. You never see white characters in movies/shows who are English-speaking, but of say, French, German, or Eastern European heritage. White characters from non-English speaking backgrounds are always heavily accented stereotypes, like some sexy French spy, or an Eastern European gangster or prostitute who gets murdered.

  12. The Eternal Side-Eye says:

    Sad but true, when people discuss minority representation and how other races don’t ‘complain’ as much they never seem to discuss how much worse those other races are represented.

    Asian Hollywood is BONE-DRY. It is such a small and lacking field that it’s almost mind-boggling and shows such a reliance on stereotypes and ignorance. If it’s not a role specifically calling for an Asian actor or involving martial arts it is rarely filled by someone Asian. Such a hard curve to get past even after so many decades.

    • Nephelim says:

      the asian industry is the same or worse. How many non-asians ( p.o.c or europeans) you see in a Korean , Japanese or Chinese movies or dramas?
      And don´t let me started in the awful sterotypes or degrading characters you see played in certain dramas
      Yes, minorities exist in those countries too…

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Yes they certainly do, however those countries are almost entirely monolithic with a very small portion of the population making up minorities. It doesn’t make them using stereotypes and ignorance acceptable but it does make their casting choices more sensible.

        This country however is not monolithic and it’s refusal to cast members of different groups in prominent and respectable roles is one reason those overseas industries exist and are so rigid. How many actors/musicians and etc. have come here only to say they weren’t going to be treated as a sidekick/joke in the US when they could be a hero/star in their own countries?

      • Bobo says:

        Ridiculous comparison. While I don’t like some depictions of foreigners in Asian dramas/movies, a country like Japan is still overwhelmingly ethnically Japanese. An Asian show with an all-Asian cast is a reflection of reality. When you have a movie/tv show set in a largely non-white state like Hawaii (or just a large American city in general) and almost the entire cast is white, that is not a reflection of reality.

      • Nephelim says:

        Bobo says:

        Ridiculous comparison
        Ridiculous to you! Speak for yourself!
        Let ´s see how you feel when you are african descent or afro-american and you are represented like a subhuman joke. ( circa 1920´s caricature) Plenty of Blackfaces, and sometimes “whitefaces”
        Or you are euro ethinicity and you are:
        Positive: a “token” euro
        Negative: a “whiteface”
        I don´t care how much ethinically monolithic is this or that asian country. Learn to respect the others! And this “overwhelmingly ethnic” thing is swiftly changing
        China is not by any means a ethinically overwelmingly Han. Not all the asian are the same, and you know, there some people living for centuries called Uyghurs, phisically very different of other asian people.
        By the way, why talk about Hawaii? Gemma is U.K subject and the biggest minority are not sinosphere people . The biggest one is european continentals ( not represented in any way), pasquistanis, indians , africans and afrocaribbeans. She is from a minority from a very minority group.

      • minority here says:

        So are you saying the status quo should remain? Only white girls should be represented in Hollywood?

    • Nina says:

      And the sad thing is that very often, if someone of Asian descent is cast, he or she is most likely also half white. Not that casting actors of multiracial backgrounds is a bad thing, but a half white actor playing a native Japanese character for instance isn’t realistic. If you have a mixed actor, have them come from a mixed background. A lot of the time, mixed actors are cast because they allow casting directors to claim that they’re being “inclusive” and “diverse” in their casting choices, while also reinforcing the idea that non-whiteness is unattractive by western standards and needs to be “softened”.

  13. Nice says:

    I like Gemma as an actor too and I do think she’s really pretty (though I’m not a big fan of the show Humans; it’s a bit low budget but I rarely watch TV anyway). I hope to see her in more roles in major films. I think she’s on point about Asians in HW films. Sometimes it’s outright racist, like the Asian family in the Ikea(?) store in 500 Days of Summer or the weird Asian couple in Enemy of the State. You see a lot of these weirdo token Asian side characters in HW films, inserted for comic value. And check out Ken Jeong’s out there performances in the Hangover series. Another one is the crazy dragon asian girlfriend in The Social Network. Hate these crazy/weird Asian roles. Just awful.

    One exception is Blackhat, which starred a lot of Asian characters and didn’t make a big deal about the interracial relationship. Also, some of the B grade action films do have the token asian girlfriend (Transporter et cetera) but no one watches those.

    Another point is that while HW blockbusters are more and more geared towards the Chinese market, the fact is that they don’t need a lot of Asian characters in them to get box office numbers in Asian markets. People are used to seeing white face on screen. However I notice that they usually cast a very minor Asian character with a big name Chinese actor (Mission Impossible 5 and X Men Days of Future Past) to raise the profile of the film in China. Still this will do nothing for actual diversity in HW films because these characters are really minor and often don’t have speaking roles.

  14. Naddie says:

    Never heard of her, but she sounds very intelligent and down-to-earth. It’s always a pleasure to see a young, beautiful actress being so smart and bringing up a very important issue. I see the asians stereotypes in films and some of them are pretty insulting. And let’s not forget the videoclips as well (yeah, Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, I’m looking at you).

  15. Becki says:

    LOVE the show, LOVE her 🙂 She great!! And beautiful & I hope to see her in more things!!

  16. GreenieWeenie says:

    she’s so pretty

  17. GreenieWeenie says:

    American stereotypes about Asians (mainly Chinese) are so weird to me. I grew up a minority in a (famously) Chinese-majority suburb. Most of those Chinese were from Hong Kong. They were always the coolest kids in school: they had the money, the style, the best haircuts, the smarts, blah. We all wanted to be Asian growing up, haha.
    American stereotypes are more like, first generation immigrants from mainland China or something. Like the introverted Chinese girl or completely uncoordinated guy who never speaks and is always good at math. Completely different.

    • Lynnie says:

      I hear Hong Kong is more mainstream and westernized vs. the rest of China. Something to do with it being a British city for so long, but yeah I agree Asian styles and trends are always very cutting edge.

  18. kibbles says:

    My Chinese American male friend always points out that if one does see an Asian on television, the person is usually female and she is almost always casted with a white man as her love interest. He says it is rare to see an Asian male casted with any attractive woman of any race. Once he told me this I started to notice it more and more. This happens on commercials, television shows, and in movies. It’s sad. I would like to see more Asian men casted as well as Asian women who aren’t always type casted in stereotypical roles.

    • Nina says:

      It’s obviously mostly racist patriarchy b.s., because heaven forbid a non-white guy get the pretty blonde or pretty black girl, whereas Asian women are fetishized like insanity by a lot of white dudes. I *guess* you could *kinda* make the argument that seeing Asian characters (esp. male) with non-Asian love interests is rare in the media, because a lot of Asians in North America are married immigrants, or first generation kids who were raised to maintain roots to their background by dating/marrying within the race. But I am seeing a lot more Asian guys dating white girls among younger generations – in real life, I mean. Hopefully this will start being represented more in the media.

    • annaloo. says:

      I am glad to see Glen on the Walking Dead paired with Maggie, but holy cow, we could use more. So much more. Your friend is right about how rare it is. my facebook feed is more diverse than Hollywood.

      Commercials are the worst, because advertising is the worst. I’ve sat in many brainstorm sessions in NYC with creative directors and copy writers and they purposefully go for tropes, stereotypes and other biases bc they’re trying to hit nerves or “tell truths” to sell product.

      The fetishizing of Asian women is abysmal. There’s something messed up in the programming of men that look towards Asians as sex toys. The submissive, less educated, will whore for money image was given to us thanks to servicemen experience in wars in asia from the last century. It serves no one. Fetishsizing is not so with women bc of the negative stereotypes of Asian men (weak, small dick, etc) — again, based on NOTHING.

      Asians are actually the global majority, racially speaking. How they only show up in Hollywood as human toys and sidekicks of other cultures is embarrassing.

      • Nephelim says:

        Asians are actually the global majority, racially speaking. How they only show up in Hollywood as human toys and sidekicks of other cultures is embarrassing.

        Asian industry is a LOT worse : Horrible/ subhuman Blackfaces ( circa 1920s) for the cheapo laughs, “euro” token cameos or characters and awful stereotypes of other asian people.
        And no,hell no! the argument ” we ( insert asian nation) are a monolithic ethnic society ( not true anymore), so we don´t need to try to represent better other human beings” is not an excuse to treat other human beings who share this planet with you in that terrible way.

        How about reciprocity?

        Cry me a ocean

        Hollywood and European entertainment are a lot much better in the treatment of minorities or p.o.c. That´s the hardest reality.

      • annaloo. says:


        My family works for KBS, I’m pretty current on Korean media. I’ve yet to ever see blackface or anything offensive of that nature on it. I’m not discounting that Americans would be shocked by the racism and stereotyping that is shown on foreign media, but many things in Asian culture are influenced by the west. Hell young girls are cutting themselves to look like the Nordic/Hellenic standard of beauty that the West sets, take a look at bands like F(x) or even Girls generation. If they are aping anything, it’s that.

        Asian media is still developing culturally, but it still doesn’t make up for the fact that they are not represented in Hollywood, which is supposed to represent AMERICA. This is up there with people trying to null the point of something with something completely unrelated. This is not tit-for-tat.

      • Nephelim says:

        i ´m not talking about exclusively about South korea or a specific tv channel. I talk about asian industry in general. I remember to watch a “blackface”/whiteface in tawanese/ japanese dramas/ programs.
        Granted, the vastly majority of foreign representation in korean drama/movies are about “token”/ cameos characters, but Korea is not exactly clean and shiny about this matter
        Yes , I remember to watch a Korean drama which portraits a terrible caricature of japanese man (Jejungwon—2010)

        Or what about this: MBC’s The Shocking Reality About Relationships With Foreigners (2012)

        “Hell young girls are cutting themselves to look like the Nordic/Hellenic standard of beauty that the West sets, take a look at bands like F(x) or even Girls generation. If they are aping anything, it’s that”
        This is another issue. It´s not only asian people doing plastic surgery, there´s plenty of whites , africans and p.oc. doing it also.
        why asians are doing it?
        personal reasons (looking better)?
        Better job prospects?
        Want to look like her/his favourite K-idol?
        who knows!
        But , when you asked them if they want to “look more white”, a lot denies that. they don´t want to look more ” caucasoid”, just want to look more like the hero or heroine in the dramas, or a “better version” of themselves
        So , I just don´t know the real motives … I think is just a very personal matter

      • Nina says:


        “This is another issue. It´s not only asian people doing plastic surgery, there´s plenty of whites , africans and p.oc. doing it also.
        why asians are doing it?
        personal reasons (looking better)?
        Better job prospects?
        Want to look like her/his favourite K-idol?
        who knows!
        But , when you asked them if they want to “look more white”, a lot denies that. they don´t want to look more ” caucasoid”, just want to look more like the hero or heroine in the dramas, or a “better version” of themselves
        So , I just don´t know the real motives … I think is just a very personal matter”

        Why are so many young girls in Asia having their eyes sliced up because they believe that double lids are more attractive, but I’ve never heard of a white woman undergoing plastic surgery to have mono lids? They may not even realize that they’re trying to “look white”. They’re trying to live up to a particular standard of beauty, but it’s one that’s perpetuated by the west.

      • hmph says:

        Um, hello? White people aren’t the only ones with double eyelids!
        Black people, you have a whole continent, Africa, with people who have round eyes with double eyelids, Also; India!?
        Why is the assumption always that white people possess all these diverse features that are much more common in other continents and contries? Most white people actually have what Renee Zellwegger had prior to her eye surgery but less severe,very few have that round double eyelids shape, I’ve seen that eye shape mostly in black people frankly.
        So are East Asian trying to look like black people? Most would say no even though they are the ones who have double eyelids and round eyes more than anyone on the planet!

  19. InVain says:

    I wasn’t sure if I’d like the show, but I’ll watch ANYTHING with William Hurt in it so I gave it a go and was totally hooked from episode one. She is AMAZING in it…like utterly amazing…creepy amazing. She is just stunningly beautiful. I really enjoy all of the actors in this show, they truly deliver. I’m only 3 episodes in and can’t wait for more. The person above who suggested those who are watching True Detective to drop it for this was spot on…it’s just a better show.

    As far as her comments about the lack of Asians in HW – spot on. It’s not something I readily recognize as a white woman, but she is totally right….there really are SO FEW Asian actors and so few roles for them to fill. Really shameful. I hope that they begin to make strides for greater inclusion.

  20. Dragonlady Sakura says:

    I love the show and she’s ridiculously beautiful and my new girl crush! And sadly she’s correct about the rarity of Asian actors in movies and television. I hope times are changing and there will be more diversity in the entertainment business.

  21. MerlinsWife says:

    God, she is GORGEOUS.

  22. meme says:

    Not trying to start a fight but you don’t see a lot of white people in Bollywood, Japanese or Chinese movies. You see Indian, Japanese and Chinese actors. Just like most French films have French actors, Spanish have Spanish actors, etc.

    • Gretchen says:

      The difference here though @meme is that you’re talking more about nationality, she’s talking ethnicity. It doesn’t sound to me like she is complaining that HW doesn’t hire enough foreign actors from asia, she’s complaining that they don’t hire enough actors who are ethnically asian. Big difference. White people not being in Indian, Japanese or Chinese movies isn’t an issue because they aren’t a significant minority demographic in those countries.

      Unlike the US and the UK there aren’t millions of, for example, 3rd or fourth generation ethnically white Indians or Chinese. Migration just hasn’t happened that way. A french actor could easily be black, a Spanish actor could easily be ethnically Arab. Indian, Japanese and Chinese actors (and in the audiences they represent in their home countries) are very unlikely to be white. By all means, the asian film and tv market should have plenty of (non-racist) representations of their countries’ minorities, but those minorities aren’t going to look like us, they’ll be Hmong, Kazakh, Ainu, Himalayan etc etc

      • Nephelim says:

        White people not being in Indian, Japanese or Chinese movies isn’t an issue because they aren’t a significant minority demographic in those countries

        So … Why using “blackfaces, whitefaces” for cheapo laughs, token characters, and terrible stereotyping of other asian people?

      • The Eternal Side-Eye says:

        Because of their own ignorance Nephelim, it doesn’t make it okay and people have said that to you. Is your suggestion that ignorance must be met with more ifnorance?

    • Original T.C. says:

      So what is the population of Whites in Japan, China or India? Versus the population of East Indians or other minorities in England? Everyone in the world is bombarded with movies from America and Europe showing mostly White characters, my goodness is it too much to ask for people living in 99% Non-White countries to see themselves on the big screen or their own TV?

      • Nephelim says:

        Everyone in the world is bombarded with movies from America and Europe
        — No one is forcing anyone to see those movies. You know free will. Going to the cinema is expensive and the vast majority of people in the planet doesn´t have the Money to spend in “frivolities”. All the Money is spend in foods or medicins.

        people living in 99% Non-White countries to see themselves on the big screen or their own TV?

        — Bolliwood is superbig, Hallyu, chinese, the japanese wave, paquistani movies, your national entertainment industry in the country where you are living…

  23. IscoDisco says:

    Gemma is awesome — talented actress, gorgeous, articulate, and a Gooner to boot!