“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” actress Chloe Bennet explained why she changed her name, saying, “Hollywood is racist”
It seems Chloe Bennet not only plays a superhero on TV, but she’s also pretty badass in real life. Recently, Bennet explained the reason she changed her last name, and she held nothing back.
Earlier this week, Ed Skrein turned down the role of Major Ben Daimio in the Hellboy reboot. In the original Hellboy comic, the character is of Asian descent, and Ed didn’t feel he was the right actor for the role considering he isn’t Asian.
Many showed support for Ed, including the “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” actress. Bennet took to Instagram to post a screenshot of Ed’s words and applaud his decision to stand up to Hollywood’s whitewashing. She captioned, “Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community.”
Naturally, her post sparked a discussion in the comments section, and one commenter questioned why Chloe felt the need to change her professional stage name from Wang to Bennet.
Instead of ignoring the comment (which she had all the right to), Chloe replied with a super important message.
This isn’t the first time Chloe has addressed this decision. Back in 2016, she told The Daily Beast that she booked the very first audition she went on after she changed her name. “So that’s a pretty clear little snippet of how Hollywood works,” she said.
And we must admit, it’s pretty sweet that she replaced her father’s last name with his first.
The two are obviously close and Chloe said it was her way to avoid being filtered to minor roles that promote stereotypes while still respecting her father.
While it really isn’t anyone’s business why Chloe changed her name, we do appreciate her candid response about her experiences in Hollywood as an Asian-American woman. It’s so unfortunate that this is still an issue in 2017, but Chloe found a solution that worked for her in an unideal situation.
We’re just glad she’s lending her voice to raise awareness about the issue.