Katie Leung, an actress known for playing Cho Chang in the “Harry Potter” films, opened up about the racism she experienced while filming the franchise.
The 33-year-old actress is credited with appearing in five films in the franchise, as well as several video games. She first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in 2005 and made her last appearance in the last film of 2011, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.
The actress recently appeared on an episode of the “Chinese Chippy Girl” podcast and claimed that publicists told her to deny the racist attacks she suffered from fans if ever asked.
It wasn’t long after her casting in “Goblet” that she began to see racism targeting her.
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“I was Googling myself at one point, and I was on this website, which was sort of dedicated to the ‘Harry Potter’ fandom,” she recalls, per Variety. “I remember reading all the comments. And, yes, it was a lot of racists —.”
Leung is of Chinese descent and was born in Scotland. She was only 16 when she was cast for the movies.
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In addition to being ordered to deny such attacks, the star said she received no media training. It’s unclear whether the publicists she referred to worked for Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, or for herself.
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“I remember they said to me, ‘Oh look Katie, we haven’t seen these, these websites that people are talking about. And you know, if you are asked, just say it isn’t. is not true. Say that is not happening, ‘”said the actress. “And I just nodded. I was like, ‘OK, OK’, even though I had seen it myself with my own eyes. I was like, ‘OK, yeah, I’m just going to say it’s okay.’ “
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She added, “I was really f —— grateful to be in the position I was in. I keep saying, ‘Oh, maybe I would like to say something. ‘ But you can’t do this. “
Representatives of Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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