To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You actor Lana Condor has opened up about what she thought of the backlash surrounding her role in comic book movie X-Men: Apocalypse.
When the film was released in 2016, many people were disappointed to discover that Condor’s Jubilee – and a couple of other Asian characters – had very few lines.
In response, the Netflix star has insisted she filmed “way more” scenes than made it into the final cut and that “in the moment, [she] was happy for any part [she] could get.”
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That’s not to say she doesn’t understand the controversy looking back, though.
“Now, if that same experience happened, I would be pretty discouraged and upset and feel there was an injustice,” the 22-year-old told StyleCaster in a lengthy profile piece.
During the interview, Condor went on to explain how difficult it was for her to book jobs following her appearance in the Marvel-inspired movie, because casting directors seemed to be looking for a specific type of person to fill stereotypical parts.
“A lot of times people assume I have an accent, and I don’t,” she said, noting that in one audition, she was told to act more like Hello Kitty.
“I was like, ‘Hmm. What? You mean the cat with no mouth because when they developed Hello Kitty, they didn’t want women to speak?’
“They wanted me to be so cutesy because that’s what they think Asians are.”
To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You is available to stream now on Netflix.
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