‘Harry Potter’ actor Katie Leung says She was told to Deny She Faced Racist Attacks
Actress Katie Leung, who played the role of Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films, admits she was told to deny ever experiencing racist attacks. Back then, she was a mere teenager and still faced a lot of racist abuse from fans of the franchise.
Katie Leung reveals she was forced to stay silent about the racist attacks she endured from Harry Potter fans
During her interview on the Chinese Chippy Girl podcast, Keung said that she faced racist attacks the moment Warner Bros. announced her casting as Cho Chang. She would play that role in the franchise from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and got credit for the role in all the later films. While talking on the podcast, Keung revealed:
I was, like, googling myself at one point, and I was on this website, which was kind of dedicated to the kind of Harry Potter fandom. I remember reading all the comments. And, yeah, it was a lot of racist s**t.
Katie Leung is a Scottish-born actor of Chinese origins. Back in 2005, she was only 16 years old when she became a part of the Harry Potter franchise. She now recalls that at the time, she never received any kind of media training prior to her interviews. Leung did try to make her publicist aware of the issue but was instead snubbed. She found websites dedicated to sending abuse her way, where fans of the franchise protested against her casting. Leung further added:
I remember them saying to me, ‘Oh, look Katie, we haven’t seen these, these websites that people are talking about. And you know, if you get asked that just say it’s, say it’s not true, say it’s not happening. And I just nodded my head. I was like, ‘Okay, okay,’ even though I had seen it myself with my own eyes. I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, I’ll just say everything’s great’.
She never revealed the publicist’s name
Leung never revealed the identity of the publicist, and neither have the Warner Bros. studios have responded to any of Leung’s claims. Such racist attacks were difficult for a young Leung, now 33, who further said:
I was really very f***ing grateful that I was in the position I was in but then, yeah … it wasn’t great.
She talked about it in the past as well
In the past, during an interview with The Herald in 2016, Leung further mentioned that she was in denial of the attacks back when they were happening. She said:
I put it to the back of my mind. I don’t know if that is the best way to deal with it, but that is naturally what I did in order to move on and be a good actor.
It’s no secret that fans in the past have been racist, but to be snubbed by your own studios is a completely different ordeal. What do you guys think of Katie Leung’s horrifying experience of racist abuse? Let us know in the comments below.