Ross Butler Wants To Change The Game In Hollywood For Asian Actors

Ross Butler Wants To Change The Game In Hollywood For Asian Actors

Ross Butler has been on a mission — to increase Asian visibility in Hollywood.

The 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale actor opened up to Cosmopolitan on just exactly how he’s doing it.

“I don’t want to be super aggressive, but I think it’s an issue that the population of America isn’t reflected accurately in a lot of movies,” he says. “I’m just disappointed that there isn’t an Asian leading man or an Asian leading woman. There’s an obvious gap that should be filled.”

Ross adds, “I’m an American, but I’m also Chinese. I was born overseas [in Singapore], and I was raised here, and I’m just a part of American culture. I would love to see that reflected in modern culture because I didn’t have that when I was growing up.”

So, how is he planning to change it? By going out for non-Asian specified roles.

Reggie wasn’t Asian, and neither was Zach — and he’s starting to change the game.

Ross adds about the casting controversies surrounding certain movies like The Great Wall, Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange: “They’re always on my radar, but what I’m going for is different than what all the controversies are about.”

“They’re mainly about Asians playing Asian roles. What I’m focusing on is Asians playing non-Asian roles. So I have a different goal — a different end point.”

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