Chloe Bennet, Chinese-American star of ABC’s Marvel show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., recently shared her appreciation of Ed Skrein’s highly publicized decision to back out of the upcoming Hellboy reboot because, as a white man, he felt that playing a character of “mixed Asian heritage” would be disrespectful. But after sharing her support for Skrein on Instagram, she was confronted by a commenter who asked why she changed her given name from Chloe Wang to Chloe Bennet after becoming an actress.
“Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable.”
She went on:
I’m doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can get work”
Said a fan in her comments, “🔥🔥🔥.”