Vietnamese-American actress Lana Condor may have just had one of the biggest Hollywood breakthroughs of the years with “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” (Photo: WENN)
Korean star Steven Yeun found fame in Hollywood thanks to his performance in the zombie series “The Walking Dead.” We’re still mourning Glen! (Photo: WENN)
Vietnamese-American star Kelly Marie Tran became the first-ever Asiana actress in the Star-Wars franchise. (Photo: WENN)
British-Indian star Dev Patel made a smash on the big screen with “Slumdog Millionaire”, and strongly followed up the critically acclaimed “Lion.” (Photo: WENN)
Chinese-American actress Brenda Song has an extensive Disney Channel career, which includes “The Suite Life Of Zack and Cody” and “Wendy Wu.” (Photo: WENN)
Korean-American star Daniel Dae Kim made headlines after he exited “Hawaii 5-0” when producers refused to give him equal pay to their Caucasian co-stars. (Photo: WENN)
Korean-Canadian star Sandra Oh, became the first-ever actress of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nomination for lead actress in a drama series. (Photo: WENN)
Manny Jacinto is a Philippine-born actor who stars in the comedy The Good Place as the lovable airhead Jason Medonza. (Photo: WENN)
Priyanka Chopra is the most popular and successful Bollywood actress out there. She was the first Asian women to headline her own American network series. (Photo: WENN)
Half-Filipina Canadian actress Shay Mitchell made a name for herself by playing one of your favorite liars on Pretty Little Liars. (Photo: WENN)
Even though it’s home to over half of the world’s population, Asian and its people are rarely represented in neither the small nor the big screen.
However, with the release of
hit-movies like and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Crazy Rich Asians, and Sandra Oh’s historic Emmy nomination, some Asian stars who’ve been seriously underrated for a long time are finally starting to get the recognition for their talent (and, why not, their good looks too) they deserve.
Little by little, one role at a time, actors of Chinese, Vietnamese, Pilipino and Korean descent are giving Hollywood the much-needed diversity it’s been lacking for years, proving there’s no need to white-wash every imaginable role originally created for Asian people (
or, in other words, cast Scarlett Johansson), because, well, there’s plenty of talented stars willing to take the job and do it well!
So here’s to a new era studded by Asian celebrities! Click through our photo gallery above to see 10 celebrities of Asian descent who have taken Hollywood by surprise.