• Lana Condor has spoken out about dealing with racism from casting agents. (Getty Images North America)
"You want me to be more like Hello Kitty, but she doesn’t have a voice," Condor said. "That’s so insulting to me.”
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

17 Jan 2020 - 10:00 AM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2020 - 10:00 AM

Popular Vietnamese American actress Lana Condor has spoken out about the racism she's had to deal with in Hollywood, pointing to a particular incident in which a casting executive allegedly told her to "be more like Hello Kitty".

Condor, who rose to stardom as the lead in Netflix movie To All the Boys I've Loved Before, said the incident was indicative of enduring prejudices in the entertainment industry.

“What the f-ck does that mean?" Condor recalled in an interview with Teen Vogue. "That's so insanely ignorant and racist."

Elaborating on the incident later, Condor told Variety: “You kind of have to call that out."

In a searing indictment on sexism in the acting world, Condor, 22, pointed out that "Hello Kitty doesn’t have a mouth."

She continued: "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.”

Condor will soon reprise the role of Lara Jean in an upcoming sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, called P.S. I Still Love You.

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