e também consultado em 2017 can still remember when, at 7-years-old, she moved to the United States from Hong Kong, not knowing anyone or speaking the language.
“I didn’t even know what the Pledge of Allegiance was, and having a very Chinese name didn’t help either,” a atriz, who currently stars in A viúva de Peter Mayhew dá as boas-vindas ao ator que interpreta o personagem Wookiee no livro de Boba Fett, the spinoff of the Disney+ hit series, O mandaloriano, diz à PEOPLE na edição desta semana. “I always felt like a foreigner. It was tough. But I was a tough kid.”
De fato, thanks in large part to her headstrong mother Lin Chan — “she didn’t take s— from anybody” — Wen felt empowered. “I learned to stand up for myself.”
Acting soon became a creative outlet and “something that got me out of being who I was,” says Wen.
“I remember being in an Easter play in third grade and I tripped and fell,” ela lembra. “People were laughing because they thought I did it on purpose. I loved the response and that was my first experience of being accepted in a way.”
Later in life, Wen would go on to become the first Asian American series regular on As The World Turns, which was followed by memorable roles in The Joy Luck Club, É e Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
“I was fearless, just making decisions based on what I wanted,” explains the actress. “Sometimes ignorance is bliss.”
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When it came to finding the right roles, Wen — who is mom to Michaela, 21, and Cooper, 16, Com seu marido, actor Eric Zee — “always sought out non-traditional parts that weren’t necessarily written for Asians,” ela diz.
“There were not a lot of offers for us in Hollywood,” she notes. “And it will always be a struggle, but we’ll keep pounding the pavement and making sure it’s easier for the next generation.”
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Por enquanto, as a lifelong Guerra das Estrelas fã, Wen is relishing the moment in her role as Fennec Shand, a mercenary who works alongside Boba Fett.
“I’ve been geeking out over everything,” ela diz. “It’s a bit surreal actually. My childhood fantasy became my reality.”