Lana Condor told “to be more like Hello Kitty” during casting

Lana Condor told “to be more like Hello Kitty” during casting
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In less than a month, fans will finally get to see Lana Condor and Noah Centineo heat up the screens in “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”. The highly-anticipated follow-up to the 2018 romantic comedy “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” will premiere on Netflix on February 12.

The movie — based on Jenny Han’s young adult novel of the same title — launched Condor and her on-screen partner Centineo to overnight fame. Since then, Condor has been one of the most recognizable faces in young Hollywood. But on her way to becoming a top-billing actress, she’s faced some setbacks along the way.

Condor made a recent revelation to Teen Vogue ahead of the teenage rom-com sequel’s release. The star had her fair share of tone-deaf comments during casting being someone of Asian descent. During one of her auditions, the Vietnamese American actress was once told: “to be more like Hello Kitty”. She didn’t take this sitting down and she shared her feisty response to Variety.

“I remember when she said that, I just was like, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’ I straight up — you kind of have to call that out,” the Netflix star told Variety studio.

She continued, “Also, Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth. [So as] a woman, I’m like, ‘One, you want me to be more like Hello Kitty, but she doesn’t have a voice.” That’s so insulting to me.”

Asian representation is at an all-time high but nonetheless, more steps need to be taken toward inclusivity and diversification in Hollywood — something that Condor agrees with.

“…there’s still so much more work to be done in the industry and to knock out that ignorance,” the actress said.