At times, Kira Yukimura’s status as a Teen Wolf kitsune makes her a pariah around town. Her status as an Asian American? Not so much.
Starlet Arden Cho, who plays the show’s fierce-but-klutzy goofball, recently shared her experiences as an Asian American actress with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment’s #IAm campaign, and as far as Cho’s concerned, all are welcome in Beacon Hills.
(Well, all humans, at least…)
“’Teen Wolf’ does a really fantastic job of being diverse,” she says in the video below. “There are a lot of characters that I don’t even know what they are sometimes. We’re all a little bit mixed — I play half-Korean, half-Japanese…and I think that’s great. At the end of the day, whatever I can represent as an actor, I want to be able to play that role.”
Cho points to ABC’s “Fresh off the Boat” as a driving force behind landing more Asian American actors on TV, and says she’s thrilled to see it, too, is being received so well.
“Asian Americans have gained popularity these days just because we’re finally getting a chance to be a part of it,” the 29-year-old considers. “People are seeing us just as people, just normal people. We’ve got good-looking, funny, charming guys, and funny, dorky girls, or just everything — a wide range of characters.”
Make no mistake, though — the influx of Asian Americans isn’t simply a trend, and if productions want to remain relevant, Cho reasons, they need to actively seek a varied cast.
“I think it is important for shows to keep diversity in mind when they want to keep their show on-air for a long time, just because that’s the audience, and I think nowadays, seeing shows that have a very diverse cast…it makes it more realistic,” she says. “That’s what life is, right?”
What do you think of Cho’s words? Sound off, and be sure to catch the season premiere of Teen Wolf on June 29!