Kira was a character rarely seen on television— a fully realised Asian American teenage girl. Arden brought both strength and vulnerability to the character, making her incredibly likable. She was here in Melbourne for the Creatures of the Night 3 Teen Wolf Convention and we caught up with her to discuss her acting journey, the struggles of being an Asian face in Hollywood,Asian representation in the media, dealing with stereotypes, and her dream projects. What made you choose to go into acting and what did it mean to you? Well, in college I had to take an elective course. I was a psychology major, and I was pre-law. I wanted to be a lawyer. I took theatre because I thought it would be an easy elective, but it probably ended up being one of the hardest classes I ever took. I think growing up in the States and being from an immigrant family and being an Asian American minority, I always felt like I had to be a perfect student: study hard, get good grades, go to a good college and get a good job. So I never really stopped to think what made me happy.
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Not only does her character battle the supernatural monsters of Beacon Hills, she must balance dealing with the monstrosity that we know as the high school experience. Arden Cho shares her experiences and upbringing as an Asian American growing up in Texas, what nurtured her passion for acting, her role as Kira on Teen Wolf , and her own perception and hope towards the media landscape and its representation of the Asian American narrative. What was your up bringing like? Were you one of the only Asian Americans in your community? My brother was born there and then Dallas—in Plano, to be specific. Plano is pretty diverse now, but then, in the neighborhood we particularly lived in, we were one of the very few minority families. So I grew up really alienated, thinking that we were just really weird. And then on media and TV all you see is beautiful white people. And so, you know, as a young girl, there were so many people that I looked up to that were so different from me. So it was a little hard, then?
Arden Cho born August 16, is an American actress, singer-songwriter and model. Read more on Last. Clara C. Megan Lee. David Choi. Cailee Rae.