Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun Opens Up About The Struggle In Finding A Gig as an Asian Actor

steven yeunWalking Dead’s Steven Yeun is fighting more than just zombies.

The 30-year-old celeb, known for his role as Gleen Rhee, opened up about his struggles in finding acting gigs as an Asian actor.

“People ask, ‘So, how are the roles now? You must be getting so many.’ And it’s like, I don’t know if you know, but I’m Asian still,” Steven told The Wrap.

Yeun added, “It’s not a complaint, that’s just how it is now, and I have to forge my own path through it and see that through. I think that if I had not been Asian, I probably would have a whole plethora of roles, at least to audition for, but it’s just not what has been written.”

It’s sad to know that in this time and age individuals not matching a certain image can be prevented from furthering their careers and dreams.

This barrier however isn’t stopping the zombie-fighting machine.

Reports have indicated that Steven will now be producing and writing his own projects, as well as starring in some of them.

One project in particular that the actor has taken over is working to adapt Kang Chol-Hwan’s memoir The Aquariums of Pyongyang.

The film is set to follow the story of a young man who spent his childhood in a North Korean concentration camp.

Sounds very interesting!

But that’s not all!

According to Just Jared Steven as well has some other projects up his sleeve.

“We’ve been working on some comedy stuff and in cartoon form, as well,” he revealed. “And then there are some film ideas that have always been batting around my head. I just want to definitely stretch that muscle, because you can’t just wait for other people to give it to you.”

Yeun sure isn’t one to sit around.

When not developing his own projects, the actor is searching for whatever roles and gigs he can fill.

Steven is set to play Kenny in the new Fantasy/Drama film, I Origins and will as well voice the character Tony Chu in the highly anticipated animated feature, Chew.

Regardless of the hardships Steven has faced, Yeun is the perfect role model on how to overcome the restrictions society places on individuals.

Written by Merema Leures

Hi, my name is Merema. If learning about pop culture was a degree I could've studied when I decided to take on a three-year course at college, I would've probably had the highest grades in my class. But instead, I settled for a BA in Film and a Master's in Filmmaking.

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