20 celebrities you didn’t know were Asian

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Audrey Magazine (Ethel Navales):

Not all Asians look the same.  I repeat, not all Asians look the same. It seems no matter how many times we say it, people simply assume that all Asians share the same physical features. Some believe we all have the same body structure and others even think we all have the same kind of hair. Of course, we know this is absurd. We know that there are plenty of ethnicities which categorize under the umbrella term “Asian” and we know there are plenty of Asians who are of mixed race. So why do people think all Asians look the alike? Well it may have a thing or two to do with media’s portrayal of Asians. If audiences have only been exposed to a very particular type of Asian, how can they know we’re all different? This lack of exposure may be the very reason many celebs who are bi-racial or multiracial are often overlooked in the Asian community. Even if they don’t necessarily “look it,” all of the following celebrities are Asian.

Check out this list of 20 Asian celebs you probably didn’t know were Asian.

1)  Vanessa Hudgens from High School Musical is part Chinese and part Filipino.

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2)  Tiger Woods is part Thai.

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3)  Chad Michael Murray of One Tree Hill  is a quarter Japanese.

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4)  Dean Cain, superman of the TV series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a quarter Japanese.

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5)  Nicole Scherzinger of PussyCat Dolls is half Filipino.

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6)  Keanu Reeves of The Matrix is a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese.

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7)  Darren Criss of the TV series Glee is half Filipino.

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8)   Ne-Yo is a quarter Chinese.

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9)  Tyga, the rapper, is half Vietnamese.

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10)  Maggie Q is half Vietnamese.

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11) Enrique Iglesias is half Filipino.

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12)   Piper Curda of the Disney Channel show I Didn’t Do It is part Korean.

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13)   Mark-Paul Gosselaar, aka Zack Morris of the 90’s hit TV show Saved By The Bell, is a quarter Indonesian.

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14) Kristin Kreuk of the TV series SmallVille and Beauty and the Beast is half Chinese.

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15) Kelsey Asbille Chow of the MTV series Teen Wolf  and The Amazing Spiderman is part Chinese.

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16)   Host of the TV show Lip Sync Battle and model, Chrissy Teigen is half Thai.

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17)  Rob Schneider of Grown Ups and The Hot Chick is a quarter Filipino.

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18) Chanel Iman, the Victoria Secret Angel and model is half Korean.

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19) Model Karrueche Tran is half Vietnamese.

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20) Bérénice Marlohe from the famous Bond series, SkyFall is part Cambodian and Chinese.

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Audrey Magazine interview: Haley Tju from Nickelodeon’s “Bella and the Bulldogs”

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Traditional gender roles? Not in Nickelodeon’s hit show, Bella and the Bulldogs! The show focuses on Bella, a head cheerleader who pursues her passion of playing football and becomes the star quarterback for her school’s team. Pepper and Sophie are also cheerleaders and Bella’s best friends. In the show, the girls must try to remain close and maintain their friendship while proving that girls can be just as tough and play sports just as well as guys. Who knew there was more to Nickelodeon than dealing with everyday school life?

Haley Tju (pronounced like “chew”) plays Pepper, the energetic friend with an obsession with the right hair poof height. During our interview, the Chinese and Indonesian American actress proves that she is much more than the fashionista cheerleader she plays on Bella and the Bulldogs.

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Audrey Magazine:  How old are you?

Haley Tju: I’m 14, born on February 15.

AM: Are you homeschooled?

HT: Yes, I am homeschooled. I’ve been homeschooled for about two years now and it’s been great. I do school on set when I’m working and I have three teachers that help me. But when I’m not working, I just do it at home and get my mom’s help.

AM: Do you miss regular school?

HT: Yeah, I do! I have friends there. You always get to hang out with friends on and off work. At work, you get to hang out with your cast mates and they’re pretty amazing.

AM: How did you get into acting?

HT: My older sister, Brianne, started acting, so my mom decided to put me into acting as well. And I started auditioning for commercials and doing co-stars and guest stars and going from there.

AM: What was the first role you landed?

HT: I think it was a Pizza Hut commercial. That was really fun because they let me eat pizza at the audition. But for a show, I think I was a girl scout in an older show on Fox. That was a cool experience.

AM: What do your friends say when they see you on TV? Is it weird for them?

HT: No, because I’ve been really close to them. I’ve been friends with them since pre-school so they see me skip school and go to auditions and see me on TV. They’ve been really supportive and nice. I guess they’re just really happy for me. Sometimes it’s hard, because they schedule a hang out and I can’t because things just pop up at random times.

AM: Tell me about your character, Pepper, on Bella and the Bulldogs?

HT: My character Pepper is Bella and Sophie’s overly caffeinated bestie. She’s loyal, a fashionista, boy crazy and she’s prone to panic attacks. The girls are always there to calm her down.

AM: Are you anything like her in real life?

HT: I can be indecisive like her at times and we both love fashion, but I think her fashion is more wild than I am. She definitely expresses who she is through her clothes.

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AM: Pepper is a cheerleader. Do you also play any sports?

HT: I used to be a dancer and gymnast. I still do dance occasionally. I do kickboxing and running and I love playing football just for fun. I can never actually play in a game because I can never be tackled! But I still love just throwing it around and having fun with it.

AM: Who is your favorite actor or actress that you admire?

HT: Oh, that’s going to be hard. I love Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley because they just seem so real and genuine on and off screen.

AM: Have you met them in person?

HT: No, I would love to though!

AM: What would your dream role be?

HT: I guess I’m kind of living my dream role. I always wanted to have my own show on Nickelodeon, but I would love to go into the movie industry and do more dramatic and comedic roles. I’ve always wanted to be like, the mini Maggie Q, like Nikita.

AM: Do you see yourself acting in the long run? Or do you see yourself doing other things?

HT: Acting is definitely a part of me now. I feel that it’s all I want to do. But besides acting, I do like singing and drawing and art. So maybe if I take a little break, I can go further with those. But right now, it’s all about acting because I love it.

AM: Other than Nickelodeon, do you have other projects you’re working on?

HT: Not at the moment and nothing I can talk about, but once I know more, I’ll be sure to share on my social media.

Keep an eye out for Haley Tju during the next season of Bella and the Bulldogs!

 

Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q are engaged

Dylan McDermott and Maggie Q are engaged

New York Post/Page Six:

Stalker” actor Dylan McDermott is getting married again.

Sources tell us he’s engaged to his co-star Maggie Q after dating for a few months.

The two had kept their relationship under wraps after first being spotted together last fall in LA. But the couple stepped out at the Golden Globes after-parties, and the statuesque actress was spotted wearing a ring.

Dylan is 53 and has two children from his 13 year marriage to actress Shiva Rose. Q is 35.

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Meet the “Expendable Asian Crewmember”: From “Godzilla” to “X-Men” to “Total Recall,” why does every blockbuster need a single Asian guy to kill off?

 

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Fans of the original “Star Trek” television series, which aired from 1966 to 1969, are familiar with the old trope of the expendable Asian crewmember. Every week, one or two unlucky marginal characters, wearing the red shirt of a Security Officer, would join a landing party that usually consisted of Captain James Kirk, First Officer Spock, and Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy from the starship USS Enterprise. The trio would beam down to the planet’s surface along with the Expendable Crewmember – who would promptly get killed off by a space monster/mysterious sentient cloud/primitive hostiles. The Expendable Crewmember became such a routine part of the storyline that it was spoofed on the animated television show “Family Guy,” and became a running joke in the 1999 film “Galaxy Quest,” in which Sam Rockwell’s character, “Crewman no. 6,” is a nervous wreck named Guy, so forgettable to everyone that even he knows he’s doomed to die.

As little kid, I found it a bit odd that the Klingons always missed Kirk and hit the guy in the red shirt standing next to him. And as I got older, I couldn’t help but notice two strange trends beginning to pop up in Hollywood summer blockbusters: 1) Random storylines would detour to someplace in Asia for no particularly good reason, and 2) One useless Asian character – only one – would show up and stick around just long enough to make a vague impression as a villain. Then he or she would die at the hands of the good (white) guys, who would then march off victoriously into the sunset.

Now, it has been pointed out to me that the business of killing off villains is an equal-opportunity plot device, and Asian people are not being singled out for horrible deaths. Which is true. It’s long been the case that Hollywood casts ethnic minorities as bad guys so their heads can be blasted off. In horror films, there is also the bimbo rule, which requires hot blondes to get killed off first. This is neither racist nor sexist (see no. 7 on this list, John Cho, hot blond), but the norm.

The Expendable Asian Crewmember is different from the phenomenon known as the “Asian sidekick,” whose ranks include Cato in the “Pink Panther” film series from the ’60s and ’70s and remade in 2006; Kato in the “Green Hornet” television series from the ’60s, remade as a film in 2011; Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid,” 1984, remade and moved from California to China, 2010; and the mutant Yukio in “The Wolverine,” 2013. But the vast majority of blockbuster film franchises have no Asian characters in them at all. In general, both New York City and The Future are curiously free of Asians except for Maggie Q, whose time-traveling powers enable her to pop up briefly in “Divergent,” 2014. There are so few Asians in the galaxy inhabited by Star Wars that a hilarious blog, “You Offend Me You Offend My Family,” has scoured the entire franchise for signs of Asian life. The results were: one rebel officer, and a dubious claim that Admiral Ackbar, fearless cephalopod leader of the Rebellion, was “Asian-like.”

Which brings me to the 2013 “Star Trek” reboot, with Zoe Saldana as Lt. Uhura and John Cho as Lt. Sulu, plus loads of “Asian-like” aliens, including Vulcans. When the most diverse cast in a Hollywood summer blockbuster happens to be based on a television show that debuted a half century ago, it’s better to be the Expendable (Asian) Crewmember than not be allowed on board at all. But I’m hoping it won’t be another 50 years before Mr. Sulu not only takes the helm but gets his own ship – and can star in his own film.

Here is a mere sampling of the Expendable Asian Crewmembers I’ve spotted over the years:

X-Men 2: X-Men United,” 2003. Yuriko. The perfectly coiffed, impeccably manicured and silent assistant to evil mastermind Stryker, Yuriko turns out to be a super-villain called Lady Deathstrike whose abilities closely parallel those possessed by the Wolverine. Wolverine kills her by injecting her with the rare metal adamantium in its liquid form.

X-Men 3: The Last Stand,” 2006. Kid Omega. As the Mutant Brotherhood organizes against humans, Kid Omega becomes one of Magneto’s new recruits. Played by Ken Leung, he can project spikes out all over his body in the manner of an angry porcupine. He dies in a blast of psychokinetic energy unleashed by the super-mutant, Jean Grey/Phoenix.

Mission Impossible III,” 2006. Zhen Lei. Played by Maggie Q, this femme fatale joins the “Impossible Mission Force,” experiences a staged death, and disappears from the story. The fact that she is Chinese does not explain why the action relocates to Shanghai as opposed to, say, Southern California, which is also inhabited by white heroes plus a few Chinese people eating noodles.

Live Free or Die Hard,” 2007. Mai Lin. Once again played by Maggie Q, Mai Lin is a cyber-terrorist with nefarious plans that vaguely involve computer hacking. Bruce Willis blames her for the awful script and throws her down an elevator shaft.

The Dark Knight,” 2008. Lau. Played by Chin Han, Lau is a mob accountant who hides the mob’s money and flees to Hong Kong for the express purpose of getting Batman to Asia for an extended tourist commercial involving many tall, sleek skyscrapers. Batman brings Lau back to the U.S., where he is killed by the Joker.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” 2009. Agent Zero. A mutant expert marksman, Agent Zero, played by ethnic Korean actor Daniel Henneynot only looks fine in a tailored black suit, he has better hair than Wolverine. After many tries, Wolverine finally succeeds in mussing his rival’s hair by downing his helicopter and blowing it up.

Total Recall (remake), 2010. Bob McClane. Played by John Cho, better known as Lt. Sulu from the “Star Trek” reboot, Bob gets killed off when he stupidly asks secret agent Doug Quaid about his feelings. This taboo question prompts a police raid that results in everybody except Quaid getting shot.

Pacific Rim,” 2013. My friend Minsoo Kang, who is an expert on the history of automatons, told me that not one but “two Chinese robot operators” show up and get crushed when monsters mash their robots. (They die at the same time and don’t have names, so I will count them as one.) Not only does this film have a female lead played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, but it’s set in Hong Kong, which gets smashed by machine-monsters. This film didn’t do very well in the U.S. but did extremely well in Asia (e.g., China, Korea and Japan). As summed up by Forbes, Pacific Rim was “the rare English-language film in history to cross $400 million while barely crossing $100 million domestic.”

Red 2,” 2013. Han Cho-Bai. He is an international assassin sent to kill retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses. Moses is played by Bruce Willis, so you know he doesn’t get killed off. Neither does Han Cho-Bai (played by Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun), because he’s a red herring who is really a disguised sidekick. Though I enjoyed the display of his martial arts skills, he’s got no business being in this film except to sell tickets. It made nearly twice as much in foreign receipts as it did in the U.S., and the bulk of those tickets were sold in Japan and South Korea.
 Could there be a theme developing here? Why, yes! And it leads directly to…

Godzilla (remake), 2014. Dr. Serizawa. Played by the legendary Ken Watanabe, the Serizawa character appears in the 1954 version set in Japan, where he unexpectedly dies. Crucially, the original Godzilla hit U.S. theaters around the same time as the first wave of Asian immigrants, in the aftermath of WWII and the Korean War. Sixty years later, the newer, sexier version of the giant lizard suggests that Godzilla is a strong, charismatic, assimilated Asian-American who wants his own starring role in a summer blockbuster without so much goofy metrosexual makeup. And just as some of the funniest Internet memes focus on the giant lizard’s new Hollywood look, it’s not a done deal that Serizawa’s character gets killed off this time around, even if he is the only Asian character with a name, thus adhering to the one-Asian rule. I guess you could call that progress.

 

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Fall network TV shows star more Asian Americans

 

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Asian Fortune News:

 

The number of Asian American actors on network television shows will increase this fall season. John Cho will star in ABC’s comedy “Selfie,” which is described as a modern version of “My Fair Lady.” On CBS, Kal Penn will appear in “Battle Creek,” a show about detectives working in a small town, and Maggie Q was cast in a new thriller entitled “Stalker.”

A new comedy show based on chef Eddie Huang’s memoir will be on ABC and is the first sitcom in two decades that focuses on an Asian American family. “Fresh Off The Boat” will star Randall Park and Constance Wu and features the culture shock 12-year-old Eddie experiences after moving to Orlando from D.C.’s Chinatown. In addition, CBS picked up “Scorpion,” which will be directed by Justin Lin, who is known for the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

 

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Actress Maggie Q warns rich Chinese men that shark fin soup just isn’t cool

Unlike numerous other animal rights groups, non-governmental organization WildAid aims to combat the problem of illegal wildlife trade – most notably the killing of sharks for their fins, elephants and rhinos for their precious ivory, and tigers for their skins – by attacking the problem at its source: the people whose money encourages it. The group’s message is simple: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.”

This week, world-famous actress, animal rights campaigner Maggie Q appeared in the group’s newest commercial, which aired in China. The ad, titled “Impress”, aims to dissuade wealthy Chinese from eating shark fin soup, with Maggie telling both her date and TV-watching China that although there are many ways to impress a woman, shark fin soup is definitely not one of them.

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‘Nikita’ series finale: Maggie Q says goodbye

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“Nikita” is coming to its series finale after four seasons of action. How does the cast feel about the end of the show? This interview with the actors —Maggie Q, Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford and Devon Sawa — has some answers.Although none of the actors could or would give away how “Nikita” would end, there were a few teases about what might be coming. Fonseca, for example, hinted that fans should be happy about what’s coming. “It’s not gonna be a cliffhanger, but it’s not gonna be something where it’s like ‘Oh happy! Tied up in a big, pretty bow!'” the actress explained. “It feels good to have closure, but they’re also going to … I feel like I would, as a fan, be like, ‘I wonder what that life’s going to be like?’ or ‘Oh look! They’re doing that!’ You can still think about the characters.”

Maggie Q agreed that stories would be resolved by the end of the show. “I‘m weirdly fulfilled in terms of where my character is going,” she said.

One of the things that almost all of the actors noted was how they would miss the people on “Nikita.” “I’m super sad. There’s absolutely no question,” Maggie Q said immediately when asked. “These people — they’re my family. I see them more than I see my actual family. It’s just a weird feeling to not have them in my life just like that! That’s the beautiful thing about this industry, you make this family in an intense amount of time and you get really close because that amount of time is so intense. And then you just go away.”

Stanford had similar feelings about saying goodbye. “That’s the saddest thing of doing this for a living,” he explained. “Whatever time you spend with those people, they do become your family and you’re spending every day — sometimes 15, 16 hours a day with these people. You get to know them really well and the job ends — and that’s it. You break. You do keep in contact with some people, but it’s never the same.”

Sawa, however, was feeling positive about future contact with his co-stars. “We’re all buds,” he pointed out. “We all live in LA. And I assume that we’ll all stay in touch.”

While the ending of “Nikita” would of course be determined by the show’s writers and producers, the actors had some ideas of what they might like to see. Stanford referenced the movies with his bloody plan to end things. “I’d like it to end like the end of ‘Reservoir Dogs,’where there’s this giant Mexican standoff,” the actor said with enthusiasm. “Every single established character is holding a gun on someone else, and it’s all on a hair-trigger. Someone pulls the trigger, everybody drops! Everybody’s dead! And Birkhoff scurries out from under his desk — he’s like the Mr. Pink. He’s the survivor. He runs out the front to maybe get shot or who knows what.”

West had some joking theories about everyone dying in the end, but the actor actually wanted a happy ending for “Nikita” and its characters. “It would be nice to see them walk off into the sunset, that kind of thing … to show people that there’s hope,” he said, emphasizing that Nikita and Michael really might deserve some happiness at this point. “You kind of want them all to keep going … You hope for the better for all of these character, because they’ve all been through so much.”

Whatever the ending that comes, the cast and crew marked their four years on the show in a permanent way: Maggie Q hired a tattoo artist to commemorate the show’s ending. “We’re just getting a small something that I designed,” she said.

The “Nikita” series finale aired Friday, Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. on The CW.

 
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