'Batman V. Superman' Actress Tao Okamoto Claims Asians Are "Minorities Of The Minorities"
"We're not even in the game. People don't even talk about us."
Innumerable productive conversations were had around issues of diversity after the #OscarsSoWhite controversy this year -- and yet our ideas about diversity are still surprisingly stunted. In an interview with HuffPo, Japanese actress Tao Okamoto expressed her frustrations about the lack of opportunites for Asian performers in Hollywood.
"This time, people were talking about there's no black people for the [Oscar] nominees and all that, but we're not even in the game. People don't even talk about us, meaning Asian or Japanese or other ethnicities," said Okamoto.
You can check out the full interview for yourself, below:
Okamoto, who has appeared alongside Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine and will appear in the upcoming Batman V. Superman film, admitted that certainly casting directors are becoming more open to various types of people in various types of roles, but Asians often find themselves relegated to the realm of fantasy or science fiction: "So far, I've got these two superhero movies, which I feel like [is] easier for us to fit as an Asian or Japanese actor and I think our goal is to be cast for more ... realistic movies," she added.
"We're still the minority of the minorities in Hollywood or acting field, but we are here and we are trying to be out for the people," she elucidated. Unfortunately, she continued, it seems that stereotypes about Asian shyness and reservedness work against performers, who are thought of as maintaining the status quo.
"It's really not only black and white [people], but we are here," the actress concluded.