Gemma Chan who stars in the new AMC mini-series Humans plays a robot in the sci-fi drama.
The British actress is well aware of the lack of Asians in lead roles in major Hollywood productions.
She says she’s had auditions cancelled on her by creative teams who decided they were “only going to see white people.”
“The statistics are really depressing,” she said to the Telegraph. “I remember reading some that made me think, ‘Oh, you are more likely to see an alien in a Hollywood film than an Asian woman.'”
While that may sound like an exaggeration, Bustle took a closer look and concluded Chan just might be right about that.
A study from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that Asian American female characters accounted for only 3 percent of all roles in 2013, according to Variety. .
The top grossing films all of last year and so far this year included only a handful of Asian characters. Many like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Home, Guardians of the Galaxy and Transformers: Age of Extinction all featured aliens.
It’s interesting that when an Asian is featured prominently in a show like Humans, she plays a non-human.
Chan grew up in England. Her parents are from Hong Kong and Mainland China and her maternal grandparents from Scotland
Humans airs Sunday at 9/8 Central on AMC.