It’s no secret that being a big movie star in Hollywood is tough. Even so, young performers from other nations have succeeded. Consider how many Asian actors and actresses have gained foreign recognition due to their roles in Hollywood films.
She is an artist, comedian, performer, and TV presenter. She is a half-Chinese, half-Korean-American performer who does it all. Awkwafina’s previous roles include Girl Code and Future Man, but she had a big year in 2018 thanks to her roles in the female-led revival of Ocean’s eight and Crazy Rich Asian people. She is also focusing on a Comedy Central series of her own.
Lewis Tan, a British-born Singaporean-American actor who stars in AMC’s Into the Badlands, has a strong eye for stunts and martial arts! In the Deadpool 2 film, he rocked (along with Ryan Reynolds) in the character of Shatterstar!
The Vietnamese-American star marked her grand entrance as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse and starred as Officer Sean Collier’s girlfriend in Patriots Day, a film based on the Boston Marathon bombing. However, her breakout appearance was as Lara Jean Covey in Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
Constance Wu, a Taiwanese-American actress, is among our all-time favorite women! Jessica Huang, her Fresh Off the Boat character, is most likely why we watch tv in the first place. She has been such a vocal leader in Asian-American representation and diversity in Hollywood after featuring in the 2018 film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s influential 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians!
We watch the Singapore-born actor on Netflix’s famous (and provocative) high school-themed show 13 Reasons Why when we’re not following all of Ross Butler’s Instagram photos. He also appeared as Reggie Mantle in The CW’s Archie Comics revival, Riverdale, and had a minor appearance on MTV’s Teen Wolf’s sixth season.
Shay started her career on Degrassi: The Next Generation, much like a few other Canadian greats. The half-Filipina Canadian star landed a role in Pretty Little Liars as one of your favorite liars. It became a spokeswoman for big labels, including Pantene, Nike, and American Eagle. We can’t get that much of her in the Netflix reach You as Peach Salinger.
You may have seen Korean-American artist Charles Melton on American Ghost Story: Hotel, but he’s still making a reputation with Reggie Mantle on The CW’s Riverdale, filling in heartthrob above Ross Butler, who had to quit the show to commit to 13 Reasons Why. The position of Charles being recast as Reggie is significant since it maintains the Asian-American ethnicity of the character. Ross, like us, was ecstatic for Charles!!
If you’ve seen OA on Netflix, you know Ian Alexander (who portrays Buck Vu) is a fantastic actor. He auditioned for the part on the spur of the moment, and although having little formal acting experience, he was cast. He is a vocal spokesperson for the LGBTQ community, in addition to being an actress.
Last Not The Least: Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell (whose mother is Filipino) was shot to fame when she was cast as Emily Fields, a gay character in the iconic Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. While she admits to hiding her Filipino origins in her adolescence (internalized bigotry is an issue that many young Asian people in North America face), she is proud to be a Filipina. We enjoy seeing her on our television screens whenever we can! She’s now acting in Netflix’s suspense film you.