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Charles Melton Vows To Use His Voice & No Longer Suppress His Asian Heritage Following The Asian Hate Crimes in Atlanta

Charles Melton is opening up in a column he penned for Variety following the hate crimes that occurred earlier this week in Atlanta, which claimed the lives of many Asian women.

The Riverdale star vowed that he will “no longer remain silent” about his experiences as a Korean American.

“With the continued rise in horrific hate crimes towards my community, I have been in deep introspection by recalling my own experiences, unpacking my past, and trying to understand it all,” Charles continued. “Through it, I’ve realized that I never stood up for my Korean heritage. I’ve willfully ignored the racism and microaggressions directed towards me and my people. I failed to defend my heritage in fear of retribution. And now I can’t help but wonder what I did to contribute to the violence against Asian Americans.”

He opened up about his mixed race and struggled with it growing up.

“I’ve often been told that I’m not Asian enough. Not white enough,” he shared. “And I question whether I am enough at all. I am conflicted by my racial identities and the trauma that comes with that.”

He also opened up about his mother, who is Korean, and what she has had to deal with in not just the last year, but most of her life.

“I remember people talking down to my mother as if she didn’t belong. It demeaned her and in turn triggered something in me that I’ve long buried deep inside. A truth that at my young age, I didn’t know how to protect her, and it broke my heart.”

Charles ended his column by promising to use his voice through “media and entertainment as advocacy.”

“I want to tell inclusive, representative stories. I want to reconcile my identity and come to terms with who I am, despite the pain. I want to uplift the AAPI experience through storytelling, caring, understanding, and kindness that I can share with the world,” he wrote.

Previously, actor Daniel Dae Kim and newscaster SuChin Pak have also spoken out about Asian hate crimes.

KJ Apa, Charles Melton & Camila Mendes Take a Day Off From Filming 'Riverdale'

KJ Apa, Charles Melton and Camila Mendes are staying busy.

The co-stars were spotted on their day off from filming Riverdale on Saturday (November 28) in Vancouver, Calif.

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KJ Apa and Charles Melton were seen heading to the gym together on their day off from filming, while Camila Mendes was spotted wearing a warm stylish coat to take her dog for a walk.

The cast is back to work after being off for a week in September when production was shut down temporarily due to COVID testing delays. Many other productions in Vancouver were also shut down.

Riverdale is set to return on Wednesday nights in January 2021 on The CW.

These shows are all being renewed at The CW!

FYI: Camila is wearing a Sandro coat.

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Pregnant Vanessa Morgan Seen On 'Riverdale' Set With Madelaine Petsch & More

Vanessa Morgan is seen out in public for the first time on Thursday (October 8) in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 28-year-old pregnant actress joined her co-star Madelaine Petsch to film scenes for their show Riverdale.

Vanessa announced her pregnancy back in July, and shared a sonogram photo of her baby boy in August.

There has been no word on if her pregnancy will be written into the show, which will have a seven year time jump in the upcoming fifth season.

Also seen on set that day were Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Charles Melton and Casey Cott.

The cast is back to work after being off for a week when production was shut down temporarily due to COVID testing delays. Many other productions in Vancouver were also shut down.

Riverdale is set to return on Wednesday nights in January 2021 on The CW.

In case you missed it, see which Riverdale actor was recently promoted to series regular!

30+ photos in the gallery of the cast of Riverdale on set…

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Camila Mendes & Lili Reinhart Walk Their Dogs Ahead of Lili's 24th Birthday

Camila Mendes holds onto her dog Truffle‘s leash while out for a brisk walk in Vancouver, Canada earlier in the week.

The 25-year-old Riverdale actress wore a cute tank for the stroll around the city and was a responsible dog owner as she picked up Truffle‘s poop during it.

Later on, Lili Reinhart was also seen walking her own dog, Milo, on the same day, in another part of the city.

Charles Melton, who plays Reggie, was also seen out with his own dog, a few days later.

All three stars masked up amid the pandemic as they prepare to start filming on the CW show this week.

Lili is actually celebrating her 24th birthday today, and Camila shared a funny post in honor of it.

“happy birthday to the decider of cringe, protector of dignity, the wise all-knowing queen that is lilithy reinhart,” she captioned her Instagram. See it below!

If you missed it, Camila and Lili just joined this new social media platform!

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Nina Dobrev Will Be Catfished in an Upcoming Netflix Rom-Com

Nina Dobrev is set to star in the upcoming Netflix romantic comedy Love Hard!

The 31-year-old actress will star alongside Jimmy O. Yang and Charles Melton in the film, which was written by Danny Mackey and literary agent-turned screenwriter Rebecca Ewing. The movie will be directed by Hernán Jiménez.

Deadline reports that Love Hard “follows an LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for Christmas, only to discover that she’s been catfished. But the object of her affection actually lives in the same town, and the guy who duped her offers to set them up IF she pretends to be his own girlfriend for the holidays.”

Speaking of Catfish, there was a big story this week involving one of the stars of the MTV series!

KJ Apa Joins Britt Robertson & Shania Twain at 'I Still Believe' Premiere

KJ Apa hits the red carpet with Britt Robertson and Shania Twain at the I Still Believe premiere on Saturday evening (March 7) at the ArcLight Hollywood in Hollywood, Calif.

Joining the stars at the premiere were fellow cast members Melissa Roxburgh and Gary Sinise.

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Also in attendance were KJ‘s Riverdale co-stars Charles Melton and Casey Cott. During the premiere, Charles had some fun by picking up KJ while they jokingly posed for photos.

KJ stars as Christian music star Jeremy Camp and the flick follows his remarkable journey of love and loss, proving there is always hope in the midst of tragedy and that faith tested is the only faith worth sharing.

I Still Believe will be out in theaters on Friday, March 13 – check out the trailer here!

FYI: KJ is wearing a Prada suit.

25+ pictures inside of KJ Apa and the others at the premiere…More Here! »

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Riverdale's KJ Apa & Charles Melton Show Off Buff Bods on Shirtless Hike In LA

KJ Apa and Charles Melton are looking hotter than ever!

The 22-year-old and the 29-year-old Riverdale stars were spotted taking a hike together on Sunday (February 23) in Los Angeles.

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KJ and Charles showed off their buff bod shirtless as he made his way out for the workout session.

He recently made an appearance on The Ellen Show, airing later today, where she played a video of him not wearing clothes. Watch the moment – and find out why he did that!

READ MORE: KJ Apa Kisses Mystery Woman, Fans Believe It’s Model Clara Berry

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