Korea: The Next Face of Hollywood? (From Obangsaek) By Quinn on 28 May 2011 in Film, Hot Topics, Modern Korea
Type-casting and a dearth of roles for Asians and Asian-Americans has made it equally difficult for Asians to break into Hollywood and Broadway. But with the Asian minority increasing in the U.S. and a burgeoning growth of Asian actors in meatier roles, this seemingly immutable tradition might be changing.
Of the Asians actors and actresses in Hollywood, Koreans are the largest minority. Kim Yunjin and Daniel Dae Kim had their breakout roles when they were cast in Lost in 2004. Sandra Oh followed with her character onGrey’s Anatomy. Currently, James Kyson-Lee stars as Ando Masahashi in the TV-hit-series Heroes. Daniel Henney, whose mother is Korean and father is American, has been generating a lot of hype in Korea. From acting in Korean dramas to his panoply of commercials and advertisements, he has also found a niche in Hollywood, most recently playing Agent Zero in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine action flick. Perhaps the most recognized Korean-American actor is John Cho, who was the co-leading man in the Harold and Kumar comedic movies, and played Sulu in the 2009 Star Trek movie.
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