Teen Wolf star Arden Cho turned down film over pay gap

“I can probably spontaneously think of over 10 Asian-American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their peers.”

Teen Wolf actress Arden Cho has opened up about the AAPI pay gap she experienced on the project.

Cho, who played supernatural teenage Kira Yukimura in the original series, said she was offered far less than her peers’ salary for the upcoming Paramount+ revival film.

A new interview in The Cut yielded a February 2022 Deadline report that claimed Cho turned down the film after being offered “half the salary per episode that was proposed to her three peers.”

“I think I was offered even less,” Cho said, explaining the staggering pay gap between the co-stars that led her to turn down the film version of the MTV series. She added that whoever leaked the pay gap was not in her camp. “I probably never would have shared it,” she said.

“Sometimes you don’t have a choice to say ‘no’. Sometimes you just need it. You have bills to pay. I didn’t necessarily say “no” for myself or because I was angry. I said ‘no’ because I hope there will be more equality in the future.”

Cho continued, “I can probably think of offhand about 10 Asian-American actors I know who were paid significantly less than their peers.”

Cho joined the third season of Teen Wolf in 2014 as a guest star. For seasons 4 and 5, Cho became a series regular alongside Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Tyler Posey, and Holland Roden. She was axed from the show in 2016, a year before the series ended after six seasons, and now lives up to the “six seasons and one movie” trope with upcoming streaming feature Paramount+. Of note, O’Brien isn’t returning for the film either.

Korean-American Cho revealed that she was previously advised to star in Korean projects, telling The Cut, “If you want to star, go to your country. Be the lead where you look like the lead.”

Cho has previously spoken openly about surviving multiple traumatic hate crimes, most recently in April 2021. Her turn into Teen Wolf marked an important step in representation and a way to prove “it’s cool to be Asian,” Cho told E! news last year.

“Growing up, I never felt like being Asian was cool. I justifiably felt like an alien, like an outsider, like I didn’t belong here. I feel like people looked at us that way too because there just weren’t many of us,” recalled Cho, who will helm upcoming Netflix legal drama Partner Track. “I think it’s always been a challenge how Asians have been portrayed in the media. Asian women have always been some kind of prize or trophy or sexual desire. One of the things I was hoping for and really wanting was that I didn’t have to be sexy girl #1 or massage girl #2 or some kind of sexual object because the only reason I was looking for entertainment was I wanted to be part of a hopefully representative representation.”

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