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Chloe Bennet Explains Why She Changed Her Last Name from Wang to Bennet

Chloe Bennet Explains Why She Changed Her Last Name from Wang to Bennet

Chloe Bennet is one of the many celebs who praised actor Ed Skrein from dropping out of the upcoming Hellboy movie after he realized his character has Asian roots.

“DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community. There is no way this decision came lightly on your part, so thank you for your bravery and genuinely impactful step forward. I hope this inspires other actors/film makers to do the same.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼–Also, dayum cute af AND a pioneer for social injustice?! Fellas, take note. That’s how it’s done,” Chloe wrote.

After the 25-year-old Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actress posted the note on Instagram, someone replied to her asking why she, as an Asian-American, changed her last name from Wang to Bennet.

“Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin, or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable,” Chloe explained. “I’m doing everything I can, with the platform I have, to make sure no one has to change their name again, just so they can get work. So kindly love, f–k off.”

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  • Danae

    It’s quite a lame excuse, to be honest. Basically it’s like – I respect my culture and my heritage, but I am not willing to overcome any obstacle that might come with it. She’s not fighting the racism by changing her name because it’s easier to get a decent role.

  • FerCat

    Coulda’ gone with Bonner or Cox. Just sayin’.

  • Robert

    I guess I can get her point.

  • Barry

    Indeed, but it certainly was not an easy decision to take. When you love your parents, giving up what they gave you first, a name, is not an average move.
    But hey, if she becomes (really) famous, she can always take her name back. Or at least, be credited as Chloe Wang Bennett.
    That would means something.

  • DarkEkati

    Yeah, yeah….. because NO Asian actors work in Hollywood with their original last names…. (*Cough* Jon & Margaret Cho, Jackie Chan etc.) Unless you were worried that they might take you for Vera Wang’s daughter and wanted to avoid nepotism!

  • Honeybee

    I can not believe this absolute sell out had the audacity to invoke Ed Skrein’s name and praise his principles while admitting that she has none of her own! She had rent to pay? He has a child to support! You don’t abandon your heritage and compromise your ethics just to get a few rungs up the ladder! Pathetic👎🏾. She knows she is in the wrong, that’s why she wrote such a long essay excusing her low actions😡.

  • Jason Patterson

    What’s not said in this article is the last name of Bennet she chose is actually her father’s first name. So in my opinion she still honored her father. Her parents are proud of her either way.

  • Honeybee

    But…she did not choose Bennet because she liked her father’s first name or there was another actor named Chloe Wang, she did it so she could “pass” as white and not be considered an Asian actor, which is absolutely reprehensible. She elisits zero respect as a woman, an actor and as a person of color. I think it is fabulous that her parents are proud of her either way, since her behavior and lack of character are clearly based in the principles they established and the lessons they taught her about decency and respect.

  • rosaryblue

    I don’t blame her for trying to do what she had to do to get work. But in the end, she did the damage herself by not standing up for her cultural background.

  • Visitor

    She’s not the only one who’s done this. Kal Penn, and various other people with ethnic names have done the same.

  • Visitor

    Most of those people are not lead actors/actresses.

  • Gina

    Well, I’m glad someone asked her that. They should’ve also asked her about all the white men she dates lol, just kidding (kinda).

  • Matthew Rivera

    as major of a name and voice that margaret cho is, she doesnt really have any lead roles or even major guest starring roles ever. jon cho was a lead in star wars and the white castle series yes, but think about the gap between the two. lucy liu is on sherlock but since charlies angels and kill bill, where else has there been space for a lucy liu. asians have HUGE hills to climb still. its gotten better, but not SO much better.

  • Amber Sturms

    There was nothing wrong with Ed Skrein playing this role. If you only want to date Caucasian men, then don’t speak out for Asian rights. So, that eliminates most of the Asian actresses. So, only Asian men have a right to be upset about this. She just used this situation to get attention.

  • DarkEkati

    But they do work in Hollywood, and Jackie Chan is always a lead actor, it’s not that there are no Asians at all in the industry.

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  • Visitor

    Chan is also Asian Asian. He’s not American. Many Asians are annoyed with the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype.