For the longest time, Asian actors were complaining about the lack of opportunities and representation in Hollywood. That was before Crazy Rich Asians burst onto our screens in 2018 and raked in US$238 million in global profits with just a US$30 million budget, which proved to all those skeptical movie producers that, heck yes, diversity sells – and Asian actors can headline a movie.
Following the success of Crazy Rich Asians, Awkwafina scored the lead in the critically acclaimed The Farewell, which bested the big budget Avengers: Endgame in its opening week. Hollywood is now looking at Asian actors with new respect and there is no shortage of Asian talent waiting to capitalise on these exciting new opportunities.
Let’s take a look at the new Asian faces, as well as several who have been around but are still waiting for their big break!
1. Ross Butler
You may have noticed half Malaysian-Chinese, half English-Dutch Ross as Reggie Mantel in the first season of CW’s hit series, Riverdale. He left the show after the first season due to his commitments for Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why and was subsequently replaced by Charles Melton. Prior to his short but successful run on Riverdale, he had brief but memorable stints on K.C Undercover and Teen Wolf. Ross moved to Fairfax, Virginia when he was four and was brought up by his mother. The actor will be appearing next year as Trevor Pike in the sequel to the popular teen flick, To All The Boys I Loved Before starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.