Actress Katie Leung is in the spotlight for her admission of being a racist victim through her role in the Harry Potter films. Around 15 years ago, she took part in the best-selling fantasy film franchise playing the lover of Harry Potter. ‘Harry Potter’ actor Katie Leung opens up about racist attacks from fans of the franchise. She was also advised to deny it during the interview. Katie Leung speaks on the ‘Chinese Chippy Girl’ podcast, about Harry Potter fans attacking her online. The attack came after she announced that she would play Cho Chang in the film.
The role of Cho Chang was first introduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. Leung has since been featured in all subsequent films. “I was googling at one point I was on this website, which is kind of dedicated to the kind of ‘Harry Potter’ fandom. I remember reading all the comments. And, yeah, that’s a lot of racist bullshit,” she said. Leung also claims to have found a website specifically for protesting his election. She also saw people who did not want her to play that role. “I’m really very grateful that I’m where I am now, but then, yeah that’s not good,” said Leung.
1. She was 16 years old when the incident happened
Katie Leung is a 33-year-old Scottish-born Chinese actor. At that time, she was only 16 years old when she was cast in the film. She was also asked to deny when asked by the media regarding the racist attitude of fans.
“I remember them saying to me. Katie, we haven’t seen this, the website these people are talking about. If you are asked to say it later, say it is not true, say it did not happen,” said Leung. In her 2016 interview with The Herald, Katie Leung denied attacks from Harry Potter fans. “I put it in the back of my mind. I don’t know if that’s the best way to deal with it, but it’s natural. Right now what I’m doing is to progress and become a good actor,” she replied at the time.
Katie Leung is one of the actresses of Asian descent who has enlivened the Hollywood film industry. In total, Katie Leung starred in five Harry Potter films. detikcom summarizes five things about Katie Leung. The following include: Katie Leung was born to a father who comes from Hong Kong. The father expanded his business to Glasgow in Scotland. Meanwhile, the mother is a banker. Katie Leung is three siblings.
2. Auditioned for Harry Potter at the instigation of her father
Katie Leung’s father saw the Harry Potter and The Globet of Fire film competition and advised his daughter to give it a try. Katie Leung finally took the audition. Reporting from one of the biography sites, Katie Leung was finally chosen to be one of the actors in this film’s franchise, defeating three thousand other participants who took part in the audition. She felt happy about it, didn’t know the consequence she was about to face on the set of ‘Harry Potter’.
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3. Romantic on-screen scenes with Daniel Radcliffe
After the Goblet of Fire series, Katie Leung was lined up to take part in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In the film, her role increased and became the spotlight after she did a brief kissing scene with Radcliffe the Harry Potter aka the main star of the whole franchise.
The presence of Katie Leung in the film received various responses. There are those who provide support, some are jealous because of her closeness in the film with Daniel Radcliffe.
4. She explored theater
After her acting in ‘Harry Potter’, Katie Leung expanded her acting career through theater. Her professional theater debut took place in 2010. Her talent also shines bright in the theatre world and is positively received as a young talent.
Now Katie Leung is included in the BAFTA version of the shining star list in ‘Breakthrough Brits’. The particular award was created to support young British talents in acting.
5. Starred in several TV Series
Katie Leung has appeared in several British television series. One of them put her as the main character entitled ‘White Dragon’. She played a badass shenanigans-striking Asian woman with intricate intelligence.
Until now, Katie Leung has starred in around eight television series. One of her most recent appearances was in the drama about quarantine played by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anne Hathaway entitled Locked Down.