Category: Interviews

Katie Leung is Being Typecast Because of Her Chinese Background

Katie Leung (Cho Chang) complains that she is being typecast because of her Chinese background and still suffers racial abuse for playing Harry Potter’s first love.

Katie Leung (Cho Chang) – starring in TV show Strangers – has just revealed she still suffers racial abuse for playing Harry Potter’s first love — and has told of her frustration at being pigeonholed as an Asian actress. The 31-year-old said she is always cast according to her race.

Leung plays Lau Chen in the eight-part ITV political thriller Strangers, which follows the death of the wife of Professor Jonah Mulray, played by John Simm, in a mysterious car crash.

Katie, who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow after making the Potter films. Complaining of being typecast because of her Chinese background, she said:

“There is just so much I want to do and play. My expectations are really low at the moment. It is really hard.

“I don’t want to deny my heritage, or culture, but at the same time I feel like we need to reach a place where people are not stereotyping me.”

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Rupert Grint Participates in Surprise Staring Contest

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) stopped by the BuzzFeed office to challenge unsuspecting Harry Potter fans to a new invented game: The Surprise Staring Contest.

So, as the headline already tells you, Rupert participated in BuzzFeed‘s new favorite game, The Surprise Staring Contest. The rules to play by are pretty simple, it’s just like the good old game you knew growing up: first person to blink, loses.

Except in this version of the game, BuzzFeed employees are led into a room blindfolded, unaware of the celebrity they’re about to have a staring contest with. Needless to say, these Harry Potter fans were barely able to keep it together when they were suddenly staring into the eyes of Ron Weasley himself.

As hard as they tried, Rupert must’ve drunk some Felix Felicis potion because he didn’t lose ONCE. By the way, while talking to Rupert, he revealed that he’d only JUST watched the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He went on to explain behind-the-scenes that, while he hates watching himself on film, he felt “far enough removed” from himself as an 11-year-old, thus he could now enjoy watching it.

Claudia Kim Breaks Silence on Playing Nagini in Fantastic Beasts

Actress Claudia Kim finally breaks the silence about playing Nagini in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

As the final trailer for The Crimes of Grindelwald just revealed, a big name from the Harry Potter books is a major part of the new Fantastic Beasts film. And yes, you’ve read correctly: the name you’re so familiar with is Nagini.

Until now, Warner Bros. hasn’t disclosed the name of the character played by South Korean actress Claudia Kim in the movie. Kim is none other than Nagini, a circus performer with a unique power who years later becomes Lord Voldemort’s trusty killer serpent and Horcrux. Check out the video above where Kim, after keeping this secret for more than a year, is finally allowed to publicly speak her character’s name for the first time.

In the new film, Nagini is a member of the traveling Circus Arcanus where she puts on a very convincing transformation act for muggles.

Kim says Nagini is far from the villain one might expect from a character who, after all, eventually kills Severus Snape. “It will be so interesting to see another side of Nagini,” Kim tells EW. “You’ve only seen her as a Horcrux. In this, she’s a wonderful and vulnerable woman who wants to live. She wants to stay a human being and I think that’s a wonderful contrast to the character.”

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Daniel Radcliffe Reacting to Harry Potter Memes on Jimmy Fallon

On Thursday, September 13, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) attended the The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon and reacted to Harry Potter memes.

During a Wednesday appearance on The Tonight Show to promote his new Broadway play The Lifespan of a Fact, our Harry Potter actor Daniel admitted that while he had seen funny memes of himself as Harry over the years, there were none that immediately came to mind.

Naturally, Jimmy Fallon then decided to show his guest some of his own personal favorites, including an image of young Harry holding a snitch with the Jay-Z-inspired text, “If you’re havin’ Quidditch problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one.”

“You know, what’s cool about that stuff is that I never — as a kid and you’re just insecure at that age — I never felt cool at any point playing that character and sort of these things go like, ‘No, that was cool,’” Radcliffe mused. “People thought that was pretty cool.”

You can watch the entire clip above. Jimmy also asks Daniel about how he’s going to manage Fantasy football leagues while doing Sunday performances on Broadway. Enjoy!

Katie Leung About the Rise in Asian Representation in Film and TV

Actress Katie Leung (Cho Chang) hopes the rise in Asian representation in film and TV “isn’t a blip”.

Katie Leung – who portrayed our beloved Cho Chang and now stars in ITV’s Strangers – has applauded the rise in Asian representation in film and TV, but cautioned that true equality is still a way off. There has been a positive reaction the world over to Asian-led movies and series, including the US box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

But 31-year-old Leung told Digital Spy and other press that she’s “really yet to play a role that is not down to the colour of [her] skin”.

“I hope the increase in Asian representation in film and TV isn’t a blip,” she said. “I think that America is probably doing slightly better in terms of diversity, but I like to think that we are getting somewhere in terms of representation.”

The actress, who was born in Scotland and is of Hong Kong descent, added: “In the 15 years that I have been acting, I have really yet to play a role that is not down to the colour of my skin, so I can’t say that I have experienced anything like that yet, but I look forward to that day.

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Emma Watson Interviews Our Shared Shelf Author Rupi Kaur

Two weeks ago, Emma Watson (Hermione Grsnger) shared a post on her Twitter account, announcing she’d finally met her current Our Shared Shelf author, New York Times bestselling “Instapoet” Rupi Kaur, for an interview about all things literature, as well as their common interests in women’s equality and amplifying the conversation surrounding women and sexual violence.

Today, finally, Emma posted snippets and the YouTube link to the full interview on her official Instagram account. Watch the complete interview below.

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