John Cho thinks movies that don’t focus on his Asian heritage are more “authentic”.
The 50-year-old actor was born in Seoul, South Korea, but in recent years John’s on-screen roles have had relatively little to do with his Asian background.
Asked about the roles he chooses, he explained: “It’s situational. But a film that deals with race in the background feels more authentic, because while the rest of mainstream society in America looks at you and doesn’t sees that the color of your skin, inwardly people don’t think about their race all day long.Other identities are much more prominent in your conception of yourself.
John admits to exceeding his own expectations in film, having starred in hits such as ‘American Pie’ and ‘Columbus’.
The actor admits that there weren’t many Asian stars in the American film industry during his childhood.
John – who moved to the US in the late 1970s and grew up in California – told The Independent: ‘I haven’t seen anyone who made this possible.
The Hollywood star developed her passion for acting while studying English Literature in Berkeley, California.
He said, “I met these Asian American actors, and I was like, ‘Damn, these are real actors. They are trained and educated and they earn their living. “”
Despite this, John still had some “uncomfortable” moments during his career, including working on the television sitcom “The Jeff Foxworthy Show.”
John – who played a delivery driver – shared: “I was playing a Chinese delivery guy with a Southern accent. That was the joke.
“I remember doing it and the white crew laughing. I was so uncomfortable. I never wanted to have that feeling again.”